On the surface, Mae Sariang’s most strenuous outdoor activities appear to be cycling and walking around its temples, teak shophouses, and namesake lake. However, Mae Sariang visitors can also engage in more adventurous caving, Maesawanndi waterfall swimming, Yuam River kayaking, and Salween River boating adventures.
Noteworthy sightseeing stops in Mae Sariang include not only the four temples in each of its corners, but also villages such as Huai Hom, which contains a working sheep farm and coffee plantation. One of Mae Sariang’s most outstanding natural landmarks is a seven level waterfall named Maesawanndi.
Guided Mae Sariang trekking tours are not as cheap as other locations in Thailand because the district does not receive as many tourists and demand is therefore lower. The trekking options available in Mae Sariang typically include elephant encounters, bamboo rafting, and overnight stays in Karen villages. The national parks of Salween and Mae Ngao are also frequently included in these one to three day trekking excursions.
Spelunkers can explore the Kaew Komol and Tham Boran caves. A new temple marks the entry to Tham Boran, a cave filled with jade and gold Buddha statues. Kaew Komol’s walls are as white as snow thanks to its large amount of calcium carbonate. Steps are provided for visitors wanting to walk up to the seven levels of Maesawanndi, a waterfall where the third level is the best spot for swimming.
Ways to explore Mae Sariang by water include kayaking along the Yuam River, long-tailed boat cruises down the Salween River between Myanmar and Thailand, and bamboo rafting along smaller rivers surrounded by jungles.
TRAVEL AGENCIES IN MAE SARIANG
Northwest Tour Mae Sariang
#81, M. 2, Bankad, A. Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son 58110 | Tel: +66 89 700 9928 | Facebook | Email | Map
Pitak Private Tour
#25, M. 7, Nong Pak Nam, Mae Sariang-Mae Sod Rd., A. Mae Sariang, Mae Hong Son 58110 | Tel: +66 93 179 9786 | Website | Facebook | Email | Map