Mae Sariang can be reached by public bus from:
From Chiang Mai:
Public buses depart daily from Arcade bus station. Approx 4.5 hr journey time. Fan buses depart; 13.30, 15.00, 20.00, 21.00. Air con buses depart; 11.00, 21.00
From Mae Hong Son:
Public buses depart daily from Mae Hong Son bus station. Approx 4 hours journey time. Fan buses depart; 08.00, 14.00, 20.00, 21.00. Air con buses depart; 06.00,10.30, 21.00
Take the overnight bus to Mae Hong Son which stops off at Mae Sariang. Approx 12 hrs journey time. Air con (VIP) buses depart 15.00 and 18.00. Fan buses depart 20.45
There is no operating airport, and Mae Sariang cannot be reached by rail.
If you don’t want to be restricted by bus times, and want the freedom to explore off the bus route then another option is to hire a car and driver. Rental prices range from 1,500-2,000bt/day, to hire a driver is an extra 400-500bt/day for those not confident with driving the windy mountain roads. A tour guide is 800bt/day who can be an invaluable source of information and make your trip a very educational experience. They can also assist in time planning, arranging practicalities (hotels, restaurants etc), translation and generally ensure smooth running of the trip.
This is a recommended way to explore the hidden beauties and cultural spots that surround these less touristy towns which cannot be accessed by public transport. Also recommended for families travelling with children.