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As a province somewhat off the typical tourist route, Mae Hong Son is best reached by air, though travelling via private car, public bus, or motorbike can be a long and wild ride, which is either good or bad depending on how susceptible you are to motion sickness. For a price, the flight is far faster. Once in Mae Hong Son there are local busses, songtaews, and motorbike taxis for trips between provincial towns and to attractions outside of those towns, such as hot springs and waterfalls.

Getting to and from Mae Hong Son

By Train:

One can travel from Bangkok to Chiang Mai by rail and then continue to Mae Hong Son by bus. For more information, call 1699, 0 2223 7010, 0 2223 7020 or visit www.railway.co.th

By Car:

Mae Hong Son is located 924 kilometres from Bangkok. Drive from Bangkok to Chiang Mai and then choose the following routes from Chiang Mai to Mae Hong Son:

Route 108: 1864 curves along the route from Chiang Mai through Hot, Mae Sariang, and Khun Yuam to Mae Hong Son: a distance of 349 kilometres.

Route 1095: Chiang Mai - Mae Malai – Pai - Mae Hong Son: a somewhat straighter distance of 245 kilometres.

By Bus:

Muang Nuea Yan Yon Tour (Tel: ( 0 2936 3587 - 8 ) operates an air - conditioned bus which runs directly from Bangkok to Mae Hong Son every day. The bus departs from Bangkok’s Northern Bus Terminal ( Mo Chit 2 ) Bus Terminal at 6 p.m. The trip takes about 17 hours.

By Air:

Thai Airways flies between Bangkok and Mae Hong Son daily. Reservation should be made in advance to guarantee a seat on the once daily flight as the flight connects in Chiang Mai where it picks up more passengers for the shorter, slightly less expensive leg of the trip. Contact Thai Airways at Tel: 0 2280 0060, 0 2628 2000 or call 1566 or visit www.thaiairways.com for current schedule.

Mae Hong Son Province, Getting to the Province and getting around when there.

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