142 kilometers along to highway no. 1095 from Mae Malai to
Pai District, Mae Hong Son Province. Pong Duad Hot Spring
(Pa Pae Hot Spring) is the first site where tourists are
fond of to visit it is one of big site hot spring. That’s
one of fascinated the tourists to visit and one important is
Pong Duad Hot Spring is located on Pong Duad Ranger Unit
area. Therefore, general area condition is decorated to have
beautiful shady, variety of facilities services provided to
the tourists such as information services camping area.
An interesting characteristics
Pong Duad Hot Spring is the Geyser type which has high
temperature and high pressure and spouting into soil almost
all the time. From parking-lot, there is shady pathway to
Pong Duan Hot Spring 500 meters and there is safety area to
visit Pong Duad Hot Spring. Sometimes, hot spring will have
2 meters height and have rather strongly our with eight
meters height of steam 200 meters not far away, there is
also mineral bathe for tourists. Tourists should have at
least half day at there, but if you have much time, we can
camping or have natural route study which has both half day
(2 hours) and two nights overstayed.
Travelling: Using 37 kilometers of Chiang Mai – Fang route
to Mae Malai Market, Mae Taeng District, and then turn left
to highway no. 1095 Mae Malai-Pai, and 42 kilometers turning
right, there has a clear singing board of Pong Duad Hot
Spring and then 6.5 kilometers turning right.
Contract: or Huai Nam Dang National Park Headquarter Pong
Duad Ranger Unit Moo 5 Kued Chang Sub-district, Mae Taeng
District, Chiang Mai Province Tel: 0-5347-7669Huai Nam Dang
Located on the joint border between Mae Taeng District of
Chiang Mai and Pai District of Mae Hong Son. Total area
covers 179.5 sq.kms Here the scenery is beautiful,
especially the sea of flying mist in the morning. Many
tourists like to come and pitch tents (there is minor
charges for pitching tents), tasting the cold weather at the
top of these high mountains whilst awaiting the dawn mists.
Interesting places are: Doi Kiew Lom Viewpoint
On the top of the hill, one can enjoy a panoramic scenery, stretching up
to Doi Luang Chiang Dao. The view is very beautiful, especially in the
morning, when the flying mist fills the whole valley, revealing just a
sharp top of Doi Luang Chiang Dao. Be there and imagine how beautiful it
Doi Chang Viewpoint The highest spot of Huay Nam Dang National Park.
Here is the origin of several waterfalls. Located in the north of Ban
Huay Nam Dang, there is a famous viewpoint in the morning. You can look
around a sea of mist and mountainous scenery, stretching away for about
20 kilometers. The route is still a laterite one.
Huay Nam Dang Waterfall The fall originates from a canal, passing through
3-4 levels. Its height around 50 metres and width 10 metres.
Characteristics of National Park
Doi Kiew Lom Scenic Viewpoint which is the first point
thinking of because beautiful natural especially morning
atmosphere. Doi Kiew Lom Scenic Viewpoint, there is a small
lawn at front wind and resting area behind and variety of
Doi Chang Scenic Viewpoint is the highest point of this
National Park, which can be sight-seeing sround and varies
of orchids to admire and it’s suitable for natural study
Facilities: Good condition of road, polite of ficer, good
atmosphere, having toilet services and exhibition to visit.
But must pay for the lodging. Huai Nam Dang arranged 4
housing and can stay in 6-8 person/house. Should be advanced
contract at least 2 weeks before and there is also camping
area. Please contact at tourist service center to pay for
camping fee at 30 Baht / person / night and having welfare
Contact: Huai Nam Dang National Park, Moo 5 Kued Chang
Sub-district, Mae Taeng District, Chiang Mai Province 50300
How to get there: Using your private car is most convenient
along highway no. 1095 “ Mae Malai-Pai”. Between km show the
clearly sign of Huai Nam Duag. Pay for fee and then 6
kilometers to headquarter. For the person who visit Pong
Duad and already paid for fee, and bring ticket to visit
Huai Nam Dang within that day without any additional
Beside of beautiful well-know of Huai Mam Dang Waterfall in
Haui Nam Dang National Park, it is the location of Tha Pai
Hot Spring. Forward driving to National Park at km 87 – 88,
turn left about 2 kilometers to the destination.
From highway no. 1095 to convenient concrete road throughly
to hot springly up-down hill. Two sides of road is shady
with trees, especially Teak Forest. 500 meters walking to
Hot Spring when reaching at parking-lot Surrounding area
covers with foggy and has strong odour. Tourists can bring
tent for camping without any charge nearby Hot Spring.
Please arrange things by yourself because of no facilities
services provided there.
Mae Yen temple is located in
Pai town but outer route. Tourists have climbed 350 steps
to get on the temple. They can see the whole Pai town and
the valley below.
Many foreign travelers come
here and climb up the long stair case to the temple because
a lot of the backpacker huts are located in the valley
below. The temple contains very graphic murals but offers a
fine view over the Pai valley.
Wat Klang is situated in
Tambol Wiang Tai, on the Pai street, near the bus station.
The symbol of this temple is a main Chedi of Thai Yai style
standing in the center of the temple yard, surrounded by Mon
Located outside of Pai
town on the same route to Mae Paeng waterfall, Wat Nam Hoo
is known in name of its sacred ‘Pra Singha’-style Buddha
image, called "Un Mueang". The buddha image is enshired
inside the hall but having water permeating from the head
part. It is sacred by the local people.
It is not so believable that there are many interesting in
Pai District such as temple, Pagoda, National Park,
Waterfall or even though three sites of Hot Spring to visit.
It is located on Ban Muang Paeng, Muang Paeng Sub-district
nearby Mae Ping Ranger unit.
If you would like to visit by your car, using the highway
no, 1095 to Mae Malai at km 85-86 and then turn right along
highway no. 1265. It is laterite with concrete road unit to
the area. It is the big hot spring located on resident’s
plantation that is not suitable for soaking but it’s
suitable for natural visiting. Tourists can bring tent for
camping without any charges but should be get permission
from Mae Ping Ranger Unit. No facilities services to serve.
With its approximately length of 180 kms, 30 m. width and 7
m. depth, the Pai River is the biggest and longest river in
Mae Hong Son. This challenges the adventurous lover to raft
along this river and three most suitable points are
recommended. They are :
Source of the River to Amphoe Pai : Starting from Huai
Chang Kaeo, 16 kms. from Amphoe Pai to Wiang Nua Bridge
or Ban Chomphon near Amphoe Pai, taking about 6 hours.
Most suitable time to raft is between October - March.
From Amphoe Pai to Amphoe Muang : Starting from Ban Mo
Paeng, Amphoe Pai to Ban Pang Mu in Amphoe Muang. The
distance of this route is about 70 Kms. and takes at
least 2 day of rafting.
From Amphoe Muang to the border of Thailand and Myanmar
: Starting from Ban Huai Dua, Tambon Pha Bong, about 6
kms. from Amphoe Muang to the border at Ban Nam Phiang
Din. Normally this section of Pai River is more
enjoyable to cruise along by the long-tailed moto boat
which only takes 2-3 hours returned trip or riding on
elephant back instead of rafting since the nature and
scenery on both sides is fascinating and beautiful. Tour
operators and major hotels in Mae Hong Son town provide
necessary services including boat cruise, rafting and