At Amphur Khunyuam, Maehongsorn , every year they will cerebrate the Buatong Flowers Festival in November. Many peoples go to this place to see a nice view of flowers.
If you like to camping their, you can bring your own tent or rent it. Not far from this place there also a small huts to stay which cost around 250-350 baht per night.
At Huaysuetaow Village , 12 kms far from Maehongsorn city
There are no entrance fee.
In 2007, Maehongsorn has 3 villages to visit Long Neck Karen (Padong)
first one is Ban Huaysuetaow, the most easy to access for tourist
second is Ban Nai Soy , the most difficult way to access where padong first immigrant to Thailand many years ago.
third is Ban Nam Pieng Din, the other village which take 14 km by car and 30 minutes by boat to reach the village.
For a really rewarding experience take an hour or two to visit OPC a small orphanage and school just outside of town near the Therng Na restaurant. The school serves about 40 Burmese migrant children. They are taught in Thai, Shan, and English. The students also learn basic skills including gardening, raising livestock, and cooking. English lessons are given by volunteers from Britain, Canada, or the USA. If you are able to stay a few weeks, maybe you can volunteer too! Their web site gives a lot more information, and the director will be happy to speak with you. The kids are great! You may feel inspired to volunteer, even for a short period, or to donate something useful for this worthy project.
This old temple was built in 2370 B.E. It 's the center of Tai culture and festivals with Jong Klang temple.All architectures in Kong Kum temple was built in Tai style. All main viharas or halls covered with multi tiered roofs called Prasart style as the palace of King or religious representative. The main hall housed a big Buddha images called Long Por To which built in Burmese style.
Located beside of Jong Kum temple.It 's the old temple of Mae Hong Son and built in the same period as Jong Kum temple. This 2 temple stood as the center of Tai culture and festivals.Jong Klang temple 's wellknown in artifacts which housed in temple museum. Such as the Remodel Phra Buddha Sihing image on the altar,wooden doll carved as person and animals from Vesantara Jataka,carved by Burmese artisans and brought from Burma in 2400 B.E. Another 's the painting on mirror depicted about Vesantara Jataka and Prince Sitthattha,and also lifestyle of local people.All pictures have a description in Burmese and recorded that it was built by Tai artisans from Mandalay.
Wat Hua Wieng was founded in 1863 AD. and be as the second oldest temple in Mae Hong Son.The name Hua Wieng came from the location of temple which located on the North of city. It means head of city. So Hua means head and wieng means city. the The most important building is Viharn Prachao Phalalakhaeng where housed an important Buddha image named "Prachao Phalalakhaeng".This Buddha image 's a remodel of the real one in Mandalay,Burma.The Buddha image is in Subdueing Mara posture with full decoration. The viharn built in Tai architecture style with a multi tiered roofs decorated with carved aluminium, dated circa early Rattanakosin period (around 1873). As the important temple where located in toen,so every festivals always held in this temple.
Located on the foothill of Kong Mu Mountain. This temple was built in 2414 B.E.by Phra Nang Mie, wife of Phraya Singhanathraja who ruled Mae Hong Son.The most significant thing in this temple is a huge reclining Buddha image in Burmese style housed in Vihara. This Buddha image 's 12 metres long and have a wonderful characteristic.Other interesting things are Ubosot or orination hall behide the vihara.In the area of temple,there 're 4 chedi where contained the relic of the first Mae Hong Son ruler-Phraya Singhanathracha,Phra Nang Mie-the second ruler,Phraya Phitak Syam Khet,the 3rd ruler and his wife and Phraya Phisarn Hong Son Buri,the 4th ruler and his wife. Nowaday,the chedi of 1st and 2nd ruler was lifted away. Just left 2 chedi on the North of the temple. This temple also located a pair of Singha statue as a guardian of Kong Mu stairway. The singha faced to the city. It was built by Phra Nang Mie.
This temple located on the foothill of Kong Mu mountain.This quiet temple have some interesting buildings 're a group of Chedi in Tai style. All 're standing as as rows which the main group surrounded with cement fence and there're some gates as an entrance. I like this temple,cuase it's not much tourists. The temple's simple and peaceful.And also I think some chedis here 're beautiful.
Muay Tor means the great relic in Tai dialect.This temple located on the route no.108 in the North of District. This temple have some interesting buildings such as Chedi in Mon style surrounded with small chedis. On the spire,decorated with metal umbrella and decorated with mini bells.
Tor Pae means making a raft. This name derived from the location of this temple which believes that it used to be a community of rafting makers.They made rafts to control logs which floated in river for selling to others area. They associated to built this temple on the bank of Yuam river. The prominent buildings of this temple are a group of Golden Chedi and Layered Roofs Vihara or hall in Tai Style. A big hall for housing Buddha images,monks activities and monks residence which also built in Tai style.In this building also have an old velvet curtain which decorated with pearl,ruby and semi-precious stones for 164 pieces.And also,housed wooden pulpit which built in 2464 B.E. Others 're some wooden buildings like monk bathroom,monk toilet and pond covered. All 're well decorated with wood carving.
Nong Jong Kam is a big ancient pond located in the centre of Mae Hong Son. From the location,it's now as a pubic park for local where you can sail,relax or feeding fish. Every festivals which related to water in Mae Hong Son always held here, such as Loi Kratong or Songkran festival.
Kam Kor means Bunnak flower in Tai dialect.Located opposite Phra Non Temple. This temple is one important temple of Mae Hong Son. It was built in 2433 B.E. The unique architecture style of this temple is a pathway covered with roof leading to the hall which decorated in Tai style.At the entrance of this temple,there're a pair of Singha guardian in Tai style. This temple also housed Tai manucripts decribed about History of Tai and King Anoratha of Burma. This manucript was translate to Thai language by the Abbot of this temple.
After 74 hours on the Mae Hong Son Loop, we finally returned back to Chiangmai with a sense of achievement and a Certificate to show our family and friends of our adventurous journey over the more than 2000 curvy turns in Northern Thailand.
Our final stretch takes us across the tallest mountain in Thailand, Doi Inthanon. We drove up to the summit, visited the Pagoda dedicated to the King & Queen of Thailand, and three spectacular waterfalls (Sirithan, Wachirathan & Mae Klang) along the way. As we were there at about 9 am in the morning, it was a cooling 10 degree Celsius at the top of Thailand!
We were fortunate to have witness the Bua Tong Wild Sunflowers Festival (Nov 2005) held at Amphoe Khun Yuam. Brightly colored yellow wild sunflowers were blooming all over the mountains in this area, and the local provincial government organized the festival to entice the locals and tourists alike to visit the area.
We drove 27km to reach to the summit of the mountain to enjoy the spectacular sight.