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Mae Hong Son Pang Ung

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Mae Hong Son Pang Ung

Mae Hong Son Pang Ung

Pang Ung Lake is a Royal Initiative Project by HM Queen Sirikit for highland development. The irrigation reservoir is surrounded by green pine forest with a camping area. The beautiful lake offers superb views all year round. Around the lake there are paths which are pefect for jogging or just walking. The best time of day for photography is in the early morning when you can expect to see some spectacular sunrises. Pang Ung is an area of untouched beauty which has been described as one of the most romantic destination in Thailand.

Pang Ung, referred to as Ruam Thai on some signs and maps, is a Shan Minority Village near Mae Hong Son. It should be combined with a trip to Ban Rak Thai. It is a picturesque village of bamboo houses, probably dolled up a bit for the tourist industry. Bamboo grows everywhere, including one stand at least 80 feet tall.

Mae Hong Son Pang Ung


Camping and guest house , There are at least two homestays here, and another guesthouse in the town between Pang Ung and the main road. If you still can’t find a place, it is only a short jaunt up to Ban Rak Thai.


Boating on the lake, taking photographs of the spectacular sunrise and sunset, trekking or jogging around the lake, mule rides

Best time

Pang Ung is enjoyable all year round but make sure to wear suitable clothing if camping during the wet season.

Getting there

Pang Ung Lake is 44 km from Mae Hong Son. The drive is a slow one but the scenery is fantastic.

From Mae Hong Song, follow signs for Ban Rak Thai (see article Ban Rak Thai), but at the village of Na Pa Paek, turn left, following the signs for “Pang Ung Reservoir,” or something of the sort. The signs are not exactly consistent, but if it indicates a reservoir, you are going the right direction. It is about 5.5 km from the turn-off, at N19 29.955, E097 54.705.


There are one or two restaurants. It is unclear what they serve. Shopkeepers and restaurant owners speak some English, but this is not as heavily touristed as one might expect, so communication will be limited if you don’t speak Thai.


66 (0) 5361 1244, 66 (0) 8 5618 3303

Ruam Thai Guesthouse: 66 (0) 5361 1244

Pang Tong 2: 66 (0) 8 0847 8456, 66 (0) 87661 8594

Lung Pala: 66 (0) 5369 2144, 66 (0) 8 6916 8967, 66 (0) 8 4141 2636

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