Mae Hong Son is known locally
as "the Province of Three Mists" due to the all year round
foggy conditions. During these cold misty periods, "Buatong"
(the famous yellow flower of Mae Hong Son) blooms and provides
its visitors with the sight of an amazing colored carpet covering
the hillsides for miles after miles. Once mysterious and inaccessible,
the main town of Mae Hong Son now provides good accommodations,
shops, markets and restaurants. Local people are friendly
and welcome visitors to make their experience of Mae Hong
Son a memory never to be forgotten.
Chiang Mai's ruler assigned his men to survey to the west,
they found a perfect place to settle and train their newly
caught elephants for work. Mae Hong Son (a village with a
channel to train elephants) was the name given to that place.
land marks the center of a diversity of interesting hilltribe
cultures. Phra That Doi Kong Mu is the best example to date
of how Burmese style has influenced Mae Hong Son's religious
Due to climatic conditions, Mae Hong Son is hazy in all three
seasons: ground fog in winter, slash-and-burn smoke in summer,
and mist in the rainy season.
Tai Yai people were indigenous to this area, with Shan and
Karen continuing to move across the border to live in Mae
Hong Son. This province has become a refuge for many ethnic
minorities from all around.
Hong Son is governed as 7 districts. The provincial economy
has recently sprung up due to rapidly developing tourism.
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