Mae Hong Son Province is made up of several mountain ranges providing absolute stunning scenery and a playground for outdoor activities. Its population consists largely of hill tribes (63 percent), including the Hmong, Yao, Lahu, Lisu, Akha, Karen, and the Shan.
Among the smallest of the Karen tribes in Thailand are Kayan Lahwi, whose women are recognized by the large brass rings they wear around their necks. Due to its remote location, most parts of the province are off the beaten tourist track, but anyone travelling to the province will be rewarded by stunning nature, tranquility and very friendly locals.
Mae Hong Son town is one of the northernmost towns in Thailand, bordering Myanmar to the north and west. The area is mountainous and heavily forested, with scenic valleys allowing access. Mae Hong Son is a small and very laid back town, heavily influenced by neighbouring Myanmar and populated by friendly locals.
The small town of Pai is set in a picturesque valley, is simply beautiful and offers a laid back atmosphere with an array of natural attractions and stunning scenery surrounding it. For many years it had few visitors, but these days it can be difficult to find a room during the high season from October to February. Compared to former days, when only a few backpackers made their way to Pai, there are now Thai and Chinese flocking to town, since Pai was made famous by two blockbuster movies in Thailand and China. Pai hasn't lost any of its charm and still remains one of the nicest places to visit in Northern Thailand. During the day, it is easy to escape the crowds by visiting one of the many waterfalls, or by going hiking, trekking or cycling around town. The best way to discover and to enjoy the Pai valley however is to rent a scooter. There are many shops in Pai renting scooters from 150-250 Baht per day, depending on the season.