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The Lawa people live in Mae La Noi and Mae Jem in Chiang Mai province.

The Hmong account for the smallest tribal group in the region, dotted across the whole area and including two groups: White Hmong and Patterned Hmong, who are named after the colours on the embroidered skirts of the Hmong women.

The Padong, or Long - Necked Karen, live in Ban Nai Soi, Ban Nam Pieng Din and Ban Huay Sua Tao.

The Haw Chinese are the Chinese Nationalists from the 93rd Regiment and their descendants who fled China during the revolution and settled in Pai, Pangmapha and Maehongson municipalities. In some places they have set up their own villages or communities, composed only of Haw Chinese, such as Sandisuk village in Pai district and Mae Aw village in Maehongson.

Daily flights into Mae Hong Son’s small airport brings growing numbers of tourists, attracted by the spectacular scenery, numerous hill tribe communities, and soft adventure opportunities.

For those familiar with the name, Mae Hong Son conjures fantastic images of rugged, mist enshrouded mountains where isolated tribal villages await exploration. From the fascinating culture of the indigenous tribal communities to the spectacular natural beauty of the countryside, Mae Hong Son is certainly a dream-come-true destination for many visitors.

Nestled in a deep valley hemmed in by high mountain ranges, Mae Hong Son town has long been isolated from the outside world. Virtually covered with mist throughout the year, Mae Hong Son was once only accessible via harrowing, windy, narrow roads that took most of a day to traverse, an adventurous drive that made the town that much more alluring.

The name of Mae Hong Son refers to the fact that its terrain is highly suitable for the training of elephants. In fact, former governors of Chiang Mai used to organize the rounding up of wild elephants which were then trained in Mae Hong Son before being sent to the capital for work. Elephants remain an important part of the local culture, and elephant trekking is a popular tourist activity, often combined with overnight hill tribe home stays and river rafting.

Mae Hong Son is a fascinating province of Burmese and Lanna style temples, hot springs, hill tribe villages, trekking, rafting, national parks, and even an annual reggae festival. Besides a charming capital in Mae Hong Son town, the town of Pai is also a traveller favourite; many people come to Mae Hong Son and Pai to experience the natural beauty of northern Thailand or witness one of the many festivals that are celebrated in Mae Hong Son, especially the annual novice ordination ceremony for young men declaring their intentions to become Buddhist monks.

Mae Hong Son Province, Page 4, Population and Administration. ( Facts and Figures ) Mae Hong Son Province, Page 6, Getting to the Province and getting around when there.

Mae Hong Son Province,  Flights into the area, and about the Province.