Mae Sariang is surrounded by mountains and beautiful forests. Populated by Shan (a Tai Yhai, minority group, who originated from Southern China) and a mix of Hill Tribes, Karen and Hmong.
The town has many Teak wooden shop-houses, with newer buildings, exquisite temples and the River Yuam dominating everyday life. Taking a walk around the village, you feel the relaxed and very friendly way of life here.
Mae Sariang's appeal lies in its pristine forest making it popular amongst adventure seekers looking for a more authentic ride. Overnight stays can be spent in remote hill tribe villages, sleeping in bamboo huts or tents.
During the month of November, the hills and valleys of Mae U Kho, one of Thailand's most naturally scenic areas, turn to gold when the Dok Bua Tong comes into full bloom (Giant Wild Mexican Sunflower).
- Mae Sawan Noi Waterfall, 20km from Mae Sariang on the road to Chiang Mai. 7 different levels are reached by steps. Go swimming on the third level and can walk up to the falling water.
- Wat Tham Phra Boran Temple and Buddha Cave, 7 km from Mae Sariang Bridge. Gold and Jade magnificent Buddha statues, absolutely beautiful inside the cave make this a 'Hidden Treasure'.
- Mae Sariang Lake
- Huai Hom Village, 28 km on Mae Hong Son Road, the coffee plantation and sheep farm. We can see how coffee is grown and processed and look at a working sheep farm with sheering wool and weaving.
- The Tribe-to-Tribe Marathon is a marathon race that takes runners all throughout the town centre and the surrounding rice fields. The proceeds benefit local Karen children.