A Visit to Mae Chaem, Khun Yuam and Mae Hong Son
Mae Chaem district is small district situated about 150 km west of Chiang Mai surrounded by Doi Inthanon National Park and Op Luang National Park. About 30-40 years ago this area was isolated and inaccessible. Today, Mae Cheam is still little known to most visitors to northern Thailand. The cultural heritage which enriches this isolated community includes several rural and charming northern style wooden temples and unique traditional textiles. The town is very quiet and peaceful, with stunning views and a small river that runs through it and relatively unspoiled.
Khun Yuam is a small town located about 68 km south of Mae Hong Son. There are a few interesting old Burmese-style temples. According to the local history, this area was once used as a working place for gathering log for export to Moulmein in Lower Myanmar during 19th century. One of the famous natural attractions of this district is the Bua Tong field at Doi Mae U-Kho (wild sun flowers). It is regarded as one of the biggest and most beautiful Bua Tong fields in Thailand.
Mae Hong Son has long been isolated from the outside world. It was a small and insignificant outpost of the Kingdom of Lan Na, and most of its inhabitants were engaged in the felling of the teak trees that abound in the dense forest surrounding the town. After 1830 the vassal prince of Chiang Mai made use of it as a centre for the capture and training of elephants, and it grew in size and importance to make of a new province in 1910. Most of the populations of the province are now either Thai Yai (Shan), or former members of one of the hill tribes. There is strong Burmese influence in the monastery architecture (late 19th century). Today, Mae Hong Son is one of the dream destinations for visitors, attracted by spectacular scenery and valuable heritages. This period is a perfect time to visit this province.
Under the leadership of Khun Euayporn Kerdchouay, The Siam Society will arrange an expedition for members to visit temples, historical sites and many places of interest in Mae Chaem, Khun Yuam, Mae Hong Son and surrounding area. On Friday, 6 December, members will depart Bangkok Don Mueang for Chiang Mai by Nok Air flight DD8300 at 6.05am and return to Bangkok on Sunday, 8 December 2019 by Nok Air flight DD8215, departure from Mae Hong Son at 4pm, arriving Bangkok Don Mueang at 5.40pm. Members will spend the first night at Mae Chaem Hotel and Resort in Mae Chaem and second night at the Imperial Tara Hotel in Mae Hong Son.
The tentative programme will be as follows:
Day 1: Friday, 6 December 2019
|5.05am||Check in at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport, check-in counter for Nok Air|
|6.05am||Depart Bangkok Don Mueang Airport for Chiang Mai by Nok Air flight DD8300|
|7.15am||Arrive at Chiang Mai and proceed to a hotel for breakfast|
|9am||Proceed to Mae Chaem district by minibus (van) (about 150 km)|
|–||Lunch at local restaurant in Mae Chaem|
|Afternoon:||Visit many wooden rural temples with the styles of the ancient Lan Na, mural paintings of Thai Lue style and a charming valley and its thriving cotton-weaving tradition|
|–||Check-in at Mae Chaem Hotel and Resort in Mae Chaem|
|Evening:||Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the resort|
Day 2: Saturday, 7 December 2019
|–||Breakfast at the resort|
|8.30am||Proceed to Khun Yuam and Mae Hong Son|
|Morning:||Visit Burmese style temples and visit Bua Tong Fields (wild sunflowers) at Doi Mae U-Kho in Khun Yuam district|
|Noon:||Lunch at Khun Yuam district|
|Afternoon:||Proceed to Mae Hong Son province|
|–||Arrive in Mae Hong Son and check in at Imperial Tara Hotel in Mae Hong Son|
|Evening:||Dinner at local restaurant and overnight at the hotel|
Day 3: Sunday, 8 December 2019
|–||Breakfast at the hotel|
|Morning:||Visit many sites of interest in Mae Hong Son, such as Wat Phrathat Doi Kong Mu, Wat Phra Non, Wat Hua Wiang, Wat Chong Kham, etc.|
|Noon:||Lunch at local restaurant in the city|
|Afternoon:||Continue on sightseeing in Mae Hong Son and surrounding area.|
|4pm||Depart Mae Hong Son Airport for Don Mueang Airport by Nok Air, flight DD8215|
|5.40pm||Arrive at Don Mueang Airport|
The contribution of THB 19,000 (THB 20,000 for non-members) will cover transportation as mentioned in the programme, accommodation for 2 nights (two persons per room). Single room surcharge THB 1,500, 8 meals, gratuities and other costs incurred to make this trip possible. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges. Please pay by cash or cheque payable to “The Siam Society”. Alternatively, you can transfer the money to The Siam Society travel account at the TMB Bank, Asoke Branch, saving account no. 053-2-18000-7. Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us.
The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary. Seats are limited. Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Supanut.