Mae Sariang District
Amphoe location in Mae Hong Son Province
|Province||Mae Hong Son|
|• Total||2,587.4 km2 (999.0 sq mi)|
|• Density||20.1/km2 (52/sq mi)|
|Time zone||THA (UTC+7)|
Mae Sariang (Thai: แม่สะเรียง, pronounced [mɛ̂ː sā.rīaŋ]) is a small town and district (Amphoe) alongside the Yuam River in Mae Hong Son Province, northern Thailand, along the Myanmar border. The areas around Mae Sariang are mountainous and forested. The area has many links to Burma, such as its architecture and a large population of Burmese Muslims.
Mae Sariang is one of the stopover places on the Mae Hong Son Loop (a popular route with travellers to cover Mae Hong son province which starts+ends in Chiang Mai)
Neighboring are (from north clockwise) Mae La Noi of Mae Hong Son Province; Mae Chaem and Hot of Chiang Mai Province; Sop Moei of Mae Hong Son Province again; and Kayin State and Kayah State of Myanmar.
|Climate data for Mae Sariang (1981–2010)|
|Average high °C (°F)||31.4
|Average low °C (°F)||13.6
|Average rainfall mm (inches)||1.5
|Average rainy days (≥ 1 mm)||1||1||1||4||17||25||27||27||21||14||4||2||144|
|Average relative humidity (%)||78||69||62||62||75||84||86||86||85||84||82||80||77.8|
|Source: Thai Meteorological Department (Normal 1981-2010), (Avg. rainy days 1961-1990)|
1900 the administration in the area was formalized as a district under Mae Hong Son. Originally the district was named Mueang Yuam (เมืองยวม), which was changed in 1917 to Mae Sariang.
The small village is becoming more and more popular because of its relaxed atmosphere along the river. Mae Sariang has a high potential in ecotourism and trekking. Many small ethnic communities live around Mae Sariang especially at Mae La Noi, 30 km to the north. Moreover, in the north area of Mae Sariang, there are national parks such as Salawin and Mae Ngao where trekking is quite developed because of the beauty of the mountains and the jungle.
There is a small but growing tourist infrastructure here with several guesthouses, restaurants and cafes. There are a handful of English-speaking local guides who can take you on tours/treks to surrounding countryside and hilltribe villages.
Two birman-chan temples can be visited in Mae Sariang: the Wat Jong Sung and the Wat Si Bunruang, built in 1896.
The district is subdivided into 7 subdistricts (tambon), which are further subdivided into 77 villages (muban). Mae Sariang is also a subdistrict municipality (thesaban tambon) which covers parts of the tambon Ban Kat and Mae Sariang. There are further 7 Tambon administrative organizations (TAO).
Number 7 is not used.