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Mae Hong Son province

{| border="1" cellpadding="2" cellspacing="0" align="right" ! colspan="2" align=center bgcolor="#DEFFAD"|Statistics |- ||Capital:||Mae Hong Son |- ||Area:||valign=top|12,681.3 km²
Ranked 8th |- ||Inhabitants:||valign=top|210,537 (2000)
Ranked 74th |- ||Pop. density:||valign=top|17 inh./km²
Ranked 76th |- ||ISO 3166-2:||TH-58 |- !colspan="2" align=center bgcolor="#DEFFAD"|Map |- |colspan="2" align=center| |}

Mae Hong Son (Thai แม่ฮ่องสอน) is one of the northern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from east clockwise) Chiang Mai and Tak. To the west it borders Myanmar.

Table of contents
1 Geography
2 History
3 Demographics
4 Symbols
5 Administrative divisions
6 External links


The province is located between several mountain ranges and thus enjoys a cooler climate then most of the other areas of Thailand. The Salween River forms part of the boundary with Myanmar.


The province was part of the Lannathai kingdom as well as of Burma. The strong influence of the Burmese can still be seen in the building style of the temples.


63% of the population in the province are members of the hill tribes, among them the Hmong, Yao, Lahu, Lisu, Akha and Karen. Another big ethnic group are the Shan. The province has the lowest population density of all the provinces of Thailand.


The provincial seal show an elephant swimming in water. Elephant training for forest work was very popular in the province. Ban Mae Hong Son was one of two communities built around an elephant camp by Prince Kaew Muang Ma.

The provincial tree is Millettia brandisiana, and the provincial flower is the Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia).

Administrative divisions

  1. Muang Mae Hong Son
  2. Khun Yuam
  3. Pai
  4. Mae Sariang
  1. Mae La Noi
  2. Sop Moei
  3. Pang Mapha

External links