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Hill-Tribes and Cultures

Chinese Village Ban Rak Thai (Ban Mae Aw) The KMT village is situated 44 kilometers from town via Pha Suea Waterfall near the Thai - Myanmar border. The village was settled up by the group of Kuomintang Chinese [KMT] military in 1943, the village is famous for its breath taking view and tea cultivation.

Visitors can see how the tea is grown and harvested and taste some delicious U-Long tea. An annual Tea Testing Festival is held at Chinese Village in February. This is also one of the famous destination. The village today is well-known about producing Chinese tea, U-Long and Shing Shing green tea. Also the Yunnan food. It is available and still cook in very traditional cooking style.

 

Shan Village Ban Ruam Thai is also settled by the Queen where Tai Yai people have been offered some land to live here. There are about 28 families, some of them work for the Queen's project. Behind the village is closed to one of the most beautiful lake and garden called "Pang Oung" park. The park is under the alpine shade or also called Switzerland in Thailand.

 

Lahu Village The other name for this hill tribe calls Black Lahu or Muzer Dam in Thai. Ban Ja Bo now become a modern village that still carry out the traditional life style and also architecture. The main livelihoods of the local residents are field cropping and livestock raising. The secondary livelihoods are gathering wild products from the forest to sell and hired work.

Temples

Wat Phra That Doi Kong Moo This temple reflects the strong influence of the Burmese. The highlights are the 2 lavishly decorated pagodas. The temple dominates the provincial city. Constructed by Phaya Singhanat Racha, the first governor of Mae Hong Son. Also, this hilltop temple have a wonderful view of the city and surrounding mountains and valleys.

 

Wat Jong Kum This is an old temple on the bank of the swamp Nong Jong Kum. It was built in 1827 by Thai Yai artisians. The pillars are gilded in golden flakes. The teple houses a large Buddha statue with a lap width of 4.85 meters cast by Burmese craftsmen. This beautiful temple located by the Jong Kum Lake.

 

Wat Jong Klang Next to Wat Jong Kham is Wat Jong Klang where a replica of the Phra Phuttha Sihing is installed on an altar. It contains the very old glass paintings about the Lord Buddha on the ways of life of the time. The captions are in Burmese. There also notations that the paintings were by Shan artisans from Mandalay. Also the temple represents the traditional Shan architecture style with its roof layers.

And wooden figurines of human and animals depicted in the legend [pronounced Cha Dok which means one of odd stories of former incarnation of the Buddha] created by Burmese craftsmen and woodcarvings brought over in 1857 from Burma.

Natural

Tham Lod or Lod Cave Tham Lod is a huge cave system once a dwelling place of pre-historic man. Archaeologists have discovered ancient clay pottery and a number of carved wooden coffins inside the rooms of the cave. Tham Lod is located some 77 kilometers from town. Between Km.138 and Km.139 of Route 1095, a small road lead to the cave after a 9 kilometers drive.

Here nature has created an exotic subterranean wonder of darkness and mystery. A brook runs from the cave mouth through to the other side of the mountain. It is a route where visitors may travel by raft or by foot to explore the 1 kilometer long cave full of stalactiles and stalagmites. There are services provided by villagers to guide visitors in their exploration at 150 Baht per 4 pax. [Rafting is not included.] Accommodation as well as camping site is available near the Tham Lod Nature Study Center in front of the cave mouth.

 

Geyser Pong Duet The hot spring geysers are in the middle of a forested area, high up on a north facing mountain side & because they are part of the Huai Nam Dang national park. Pong Dueat is a geyser that is usually of a ver high temperature and pressure. The surface temperature of a geser is between 99 degrees celsius while that of the underground water is between 170-203 degrees celsius.

 

Calcite Cave [Tham Kaew Komon] This Calcite cave is one of the recent cave in Mae Hong Son where just has been opened for tourist who like to explore the cave that is paved with the natural calcite mineral. The cave is located in Mae Lanoi district and about 140 kilometers from Mae Hong Son.