Mae Hong Son

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Mae Hong Son
Town
Mae Hong Son from above
Mae Hong Son from above
Mae Hong Son is located in Thailand
Mae Hong Son
Mae Hong Son
Coordinates: 19°18′4″N 97°58′12″E / 19.30111°N 97.97000°E / 19.30111; 97.97000
Country  Thailand
Provinces Mae Hong Son Province
Amphoe Amphoe Mueang Mae Hong Son
Elevation 240 m (790 ft)
Population (2005) 6,023
Time zone UTC+7 (UTC+7)

Mae Hong Son (Thai: แม่ฮ่องสอน (Pronunciation)) is a town (thesaban mueang) in north west Thailand, capital of the Mae Hong Son Province. It is located in the Shan Hills, near the border with Burma along the banks of the river Pai. As of 2005, the town has some 6,023 inhabitants.

The town covers the tambon Chong Kham of the Mueang Mae Hong Son district.

Climate[edit]

Mae Hong Son has a tropical savanna climate (Köppen climate classification Aw). Winters are dry and warm. Temperatures rise until April, which is very hot with the average daily maximum at 38.7 °C (101.7 °F). The monsoon season runs from May through October, with heavy rain and somewhat cooler temperatures during the day, although nights remain warm.

Climate data for Mae Hong Son (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30.1
(86.2)
33.4
(92.1)
36.8
(98.2)
38.7
(101.7)
35.9
(96.6)
33.2
(91.8)
32.2
(90)
32.0
(89.6)
32.8
(91)
32.6
(90.7)
30.9
(87.6)
29.0
(84.2)
33.13
(91.64)
Average low °C (°F) 13.8
(56.8)
14.3
(57.7)
17.7
(63.9)
22.5
(72.5)
23.6
(74.5)
23.7
(74.7)
23.4
(74.1)
23.2
(73.8)
23.0
(73.4)
22.0
(71.6)
19.0
(66.2)
15.4
(59.7)
20.13
(68.24)
Rainfall mm (inches) 6.4
(0.252)
6.0
(0.236)
16.8
(0.661)
63.2
(2.488)
174.5
(6.87)
190.5
(7.5)
226.9
(8.933)
239.3
(9.421)
199.0
(7.835)
114.5
(4.508)
44.9
(1.768)
10.4
(0.409)
1,292.4
(50.881)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 1 mm) 1 1 1 5 17 22 25 26 20 13 5 2 138
 % humidity 75 65 55 55 71 80 82 83 83 81 80 78 74
Source: Thai Meteorological Department (Normal 1981-2010), (Avg. rainy days 1961-1990)

Transportation[edit]

Mae Hong Son can be reached by car or bus from Chiang Mai by the Mae Hong Son loop. The town is also serviced by the Mae Hong Son Airport.

Tourism[edit]

The town has some tourist infrastructure, including many guesthouses and several internet cafes. It also has a vegetarian restaurant near the main market.

It is a popular jumping-off point for tours to visit hill tribe villages, caves, and waterfalls in the area. There are also some hot springs nearby. "Thung Dok Bua Tong" in Amphoe Khun Yuam, where the fields of wild sunflowers bloom and cover the hills during the month of November, is best reached from Mae Hong Son and lies some 80 km away.

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Coordinates: 19°18′4″N 97°58′12″E / 19.30111°N 97.97000°E / 19.30111; 97.97000