Mae Sariang is a town in Mae Hong Son Province, Northern Thailand. Located near the Myanmar border, the town is slowly becoming popular with those wanting to trek away from the crowds of Pai and Chiang Mai.
There are 4 or 5 buses a day from Chiang Mai.4 hours. Buses also run along Route 108 from Mae Hong Son. 5 hours. There are regular orange sangtheaw from Mae Sot 3-4 hours.
Coming from Mae Sot (south) just follow the 105. It’s about a 240km drive. There are no official gas stations on the way. So either fill the tank before you leave Mae Sot. Or if you almost run out of fuel, drive into one of the villages on the way and ask for a shop where they offer fuel by hand pumps. The road is pretty good, though at some parts there are a few bumps and holes (probably due to the heavy rains in the wet season).
Coming from Chiang Mai (west) take the route 108.
Mae Sariang, beyond offering visitors areas of exceptional natural beauty and insights into traditional tribal ways of life, has some notable ancient holy sites; where tourists are welcome to join the locals in paying their respects for good fortune and prosperity. These sites are together called the Phra That Sii Chom (The 4”Chom’’ reliquaries)
Mae Sariang Museum : Locate near the turning to Ban Chom Chaeng at the intersection of Highway 108 and Highway 105 the museum is a single-story raised wooden building in a design which blends traditional Thai Yai wood-carving with northern Thai architectural styles. The museum is a center for the display and sale of One Tambol one Product (OTOP) products, and features presentations about the way of life of tribal people s including Lua, Thai Yai, Karen, Lawa and Hmong along with local history. It also has plenty of information for tourists about sites throughout Mae Hong Son.
Muay Thai lessons
Private Muay Thai (aka Thai boxing) lessons can be followed in town (3km north of the center, very near the 108 road). The teacher -Meopar – is a former Thai boxer himself. He’s an incredibly patient teacher and is very flexible in his teaching hours. Just give him a call and you can probably show up one hour later. Best hours are in the morning though (to avoid the heat later). His English is basic but just enough to understand each other. The lessons are held in his garden on a Thai Boxing mattress. Boxing gloves are provided but bring your own (short) pants, towel and a bottle of water. Address: Meopar, aka Mr. Suphachai Sawakgul; 311/7 M.1 Bantakam; T. Bankad A.; Mae Sariang (GPS-coordinates: N 18° 11.386 E 97° 56.109), ☎ 085-7126422. 100B per person per hour.