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It was formerly called Mae Rong Son (also Maerongson, Mae Rong Sorn or Maerongsorn).[1] Mae Hong Son (The City of Three Mists) is nestled in a deep valley hemmed in by the high mountain ranges of the Shan Hills, Mae Hong Son has long been isolated from the outside world. It is the most mountainous province in Thailand and composed of a total of 13,814 square kilometers. It is virtually covered with mist throughout the year, the name refers to the fact that this terrain is highly suitable for the training of elephants. Former governors of Chiang Mai used to organize the rounding up of wild elephants which were then trained before being sent to the capital for work. Today, Mae Hong Son is a "dream destination" for visitors. Daily flights into its small airport bring growing numbers of tourists, attracted by the natural scenery, numerous hill-tribe communities and soft adventure opportunities.




Both Mae Hong Son Town and Pai District are connected with flights to and from neighboring Chiang Mai.




Due to the lack of public transportation, the preferred mode of travel with locals is motorbike. Mae Hong Son's roads, however, are not in the best condition.



These are popular with both locals and tourists and are the preferred mode of transportation in towns.




Four-wheel drive is the recommended form of transportation for travel into the mountains. The roads, though, may be extremely dangerous.



For travel into the remote areas to visit hill-tribes, the only way is on foot.




This mode of travel in Thailand is only advised for routes which have no kind of public transport. Army and police are always happy to pick up foreigners, but it is local custom for hitchhikers to help pay for the cost of the petrol.



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