10 Facts About Mae Hong Son Province, Thailand

April 11, 2017 Hospitality News

1. Mae Hong Son is the most mountainous province in Thailand, approximately 90% of land cover is pristine forest and jungle.

2. Mae Hong Son is the least densely populated province in Thailand with a population of approximately 250,000. The majority of the population (60%) are made up of hilltribe groups such as the Karen, Hmong and Lahu, with the ‘Shan’ (an ethnic minority group who originate from Southern China) making up most of the remainder.

3. The Mae Hong Son Loop is a 600km circuit that starts from Chiang Mai and goes through Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son capital, and Pai. It is a popular route for travelers and motorcycle enthusiasts who want to explore more the less touristy side to Northern Thailand.

4. The Mae Hong Son Loop a popular route claims to have 1,864 curves.

5. Is the 8th largest province in Thailand (there are 76 provinces in Thailand).

6. Has a small Muslim community who are mostly made up of descendents of migrants from Bangladesh who then crossed over to Myanmar then Thailand.

7. Was previously known as the ‘Siberia of Thailand’ due to its remote and wild location, a place where unfavourable government officials were transferred to.

8. The old name of Mae Hong Son was ‘Mae Rong Son’ which means ‘a place suitable for elephant warfare training’. The mountainous terrain is considered ideal for elephants and so in prior times elephants were sent there from Chiang Mai to be trained.

9. Mae Hong Son’s vast natural reserves of teak wood made it a boom town for teak logging until this was outlawed in the early 20th century when it became evident teak was being depleted. Now it is illegal to fell teak wood trees, and the government is trying to conserve this resource through growing teak plantations many of which can be seen from the main roads.

10. Is called the ‘land of 3 mists’ due to the year round mist – mist from forest fires in the summer, a dewy mist in rainy season and foggy mist in the winter.

Source by Melissa Ah-Sing