Mae Hong Son is a picturesque, mountainous northern province bordering Myanmar (Burma) to the Northwest, hiding itself in between the towering mountains with densely forested slopes, stretching to the Burmese border. Reportedly 95% of the province consist of mountains and forest.
This town is known for its charm of scenery and culture. The area has many Burmese influences reflected in the various hill tribes and different temple styles. The province has great natural beauty with rugged mountains, waterfalls and caves and cool climate almost all year round. And pristine forests lend the province much of its unspoiled charm.
Most of the town's original inhabitants are Shan. Several Shan and hill tribe villages in the vicinity can be visited as day trips. The population of Mae Hong Son includes Shan and various hill tribes such as Karen, Hmong, Lahu, Lua and Lisu, scattering in the districts.
The Shan’s ancestors came from Shan’s region in Burma. Both the Shan and the hill-tribes men have their own distinctive cultures. They have their own lilting dialect, their own architectural lifestyles, their own customs and traditions, and their own delicious cuisine.