Sep 14, 2009

Explore Soppong สบป่อง

See the locations of guesthouses and attractions on Google Map
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Landscape near Soppong, Picture by Rotgutt


Soppong is on the main road from Pai to Mae Hong Son, also called Nae Hong Son loop. It serves as marketplace for the hilltribe people (Karen, Lisu and Lahu) and lies on Lang River. It belongs to the Pang Mapha ปางมะผ้า district. Each Tuesday morning there is a large market along the street, where the hilltribe people sell their handicrafts, fruits and vegetables.




Picture by Saren. See also this picture.


Around Soppong the rainforest is a good place for watching birds, butterflies and wild orchids. Read more about Soppong.

Guesthouses in Soppong

Soppong River Inn:


Picture by 4x4Adventurers


Cave Lodge Guesthouse:

Picture by 4x4Adventurers


Little Eden Guesthouse:


Picture by Saren

Caves around Soppong

Around 10 km upstream you will find Tham Lot, a cave, where the river passes through (picture), and there are many more caves around. (Read article about caves by Citylife Chiangmai, also second article).


Picture by Toine


Picture by Toine


The Cave in a video:




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Sep 1, 2009

Mae Hong Son แม่ฮ่องสอน Hotels and Guesthouses

See the location of the hotels, guesthouses and resorts on Mae Hong Son Google Map

Ampha House: 3 Padungmuayto Rd. "Homely", says the review on travelfish.org


Baiyoke Chalet โรงแรมใบหยก ชาเล่ต์: From 1000 Baht. 90 Khumlumpraphat Road. The restaurant has live local folk music in the evening. Read reviews on travelfish.org and tripadvisor.com. Rooms overlooking the back are quieter, notes frommers.com.


Baiyoke Chalet, picture by Asean on Wheels


Fern Resort: From 2500 Baht. A twenty minutes drive outside of the town, with shuttle. Bungalows set in a lush garden in a peaceful und quiet green valley with rice fields. Very good reviews on tripadvisor.com. See pictues by pigsy, newleypurnell and andyknoedler


Fern Resort lies between rice paddies


Greenwood Garden Lodge:
Greenwood Garden is an eco-adventure lodge and retreat center located in Huay Unn Valley of Mae Hong Son, on the southern border of Thampla-Phasua Waterfall National Park.

The lodge will have a main building and 5 Bungalow style villas, each designed, build and funished using local materials, including hardwoods, stone, and clay. The interior funishings and decorations of each villa are unique to a specific culture (i.e. Balinese, Shan, Thai, Hill-Tribe, etc.), including funiture pieces, bedding, decor, art, and textiles.

The lodge hosts individual guests and special interest groups, including adventure travelers, naturalists, educators students, mountain bikers, off-road riders, enduro riders, photographers, painters, botanists, entomologists, ornithologists, and zoologists, to name a few. Yoga, meditation, other personal healing and fitness retreats can reserve the lodge exclusively for their groups.

See their homepage Greenwood Garden Lodge and a lot of Pictures in Panoramioand a video on youtube.com


Imperial Tara: From 2464 Baht. 149 Moo 8, Pang Moo, Muang. A few kilometres outside of the city centre, with shuttle service to town. Quite good reviews on tripadvisor.com


Breakfast terrasse


Swimming pool in front of Tara Imperial Hotel


Johnnie House: Read reviews on travelfish.org


Jongkham Guesthouse: 7 Odon Chaonithat Road. "A row of rather basic chalets set in a garden and a large wooden house with rooms for rent", two minutes from the lake, notes travelfish.org


Jongkham Guesthouse


Mountain Inn Hotel & Resort: From 1400 Baht. 112/2 Kunlumprapas Road. Read mixed reviews on travelfish.org and tripadvisor.com.



Picture by Chuck Holton


Ngamta Hotel: From 800 Baht. 5-9 Khunlumpapas Rd. Good review on travelfish.org


Ngamta Hotel


Palm House: Read reviews on travelfish.org

Panahuts: From 600 Baht. Wooden bungalows in a cultured jungle. 15 minutes to walk to the town. Read review by travelfish.org


Panahuts


Panorama Hotel: From 450 Baht.


Piya Guesthouse: From 600 Baht. 1/1 Khunlumphrapat Soi 3. Basic, near the lake and the centre of Mae Hong Son. Good reviews on tripadvisor.com and travelfish.org. See picture by gunther v and maeghantracy


Princes Guesthouse: Read reviews by travelfish.org


Princes Guesthouse with view towards the lake


Rom Thai Guesthouse ร่มไท เกสท์เฮ้าส์: 22 Cham Nan Sathit Road. Read review on tripadvisor.com


Picture by tomazhg



Rooks Holiday Hotel and Resort
:


Rooks


Sang Tong Huts: Around 10 walking minutes from the market. See gallery by buddhamountain. And read reviews on travelfish.org and tripadvisor.com


The Dai Resort:


The Dai Resort


The Residence Guesthouse:


The Residence


In the mountains near Mae Hong Son:

Ban Ruam Thai and Pang Ung Lake: You can put up your tent under the pines near the lake and find bungalows there (Pang Ung Garden Houses). Call the Royal initiative Pang Tong 2 Project: 0-5369-2056, 0-5368-1740, 0-5368-1323 for reservation of accommodation, which range from Bt1,500 to Bt2,000. Tents are for rent from Bt250 to Bt400.


Bungalows of Pang Tong Project


Ruam Thai Guest House (0-5361-1244) offers rooms with a beautiful-lake view at Bt250 per night.


Ruam Thai Guest House


Walk a bit further to Ban Lung Pa La home stay (0-5369-2144) to experience the local way of life. The room with breakfast and coffee is between Bt100-350 per night.

Be aware, that the weather can be cool, in the winter there can be a thin film of ice on the lake. Read more about Pang Ung. Pang Ung lies around 30 km from Mae Hong Son. Take the route to Pha Seau waterfall until you reach Ban Na Pa Paek and then turn left and go on for 6 km.


The weather is cool throughout the year. In winter, the temperatures hover around 10 degrees Celsius.


Read more:
Your Guide to Mae Hong Son



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Aug 27, 2009

First impressions of Pai



After landing in Pai Airport. You fly from Chiang Mai with www.sga.co.th SGA




A quiet day on Thanon Chaisongkram in the centre. Hilltribe-women are selling their handicrafts.



Bridge over Pai River, seen from River Corner Resort.



Bamboo Rafting on Pai River, picture by dav




One more quiet street in the centre.


Bags to buy



When the night falls in Pai, picture by Plynoi



Picture by Plynoi





Landscape around Pai, view from Bella Villa Resort. Pai lies 508 meters above sea level. The highest mountain, Doi Jik Jong, is 1972 meters from sea level.
Find Map of Pai Town and Maps of Pai Town and District.
And more about Geography and Nature. And then read about the development of tourism: Pai's Growing Pains.



Discover more:
Your Guide to Pai



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Buses from Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son to Pai

Buses from Chiang Mai to Pai: From Chiang Mai's Arcade Bus Station without and with Aircondition: 7 am, 9 am, 10.30 am, 12.30 am, 2 pm and 4 pm daily. For the 134 km you take three hours.

Buses from Mae Hong Son: 8.30 am. 11 am, 12 am, 2 pm and 4 pm daily. These 111 km take three to four hours.

Buses in Pai for Chiang Mai or Mae Hong Son: 8.30 am, 10.30 am, noon, 2 pm and 4 pm.

See Busstation in Pai on Pai Google Map.



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