Mae Hong Son
Thailand, North and East
Info : Fern Resort
The Fern Resort is a delightful bungalow escape built into spectacular gardens in the hills of Thailandâs Mae Hong Son province. The resort was set up with the support of the Thai government and is operated on (genuinely) sound responsible tourism values with conservation, rural development and cultural preservation central to their practises.
It is in a small valley on the edge of the Mae Surin National Park, surrounded by forest covered mountains, paddy fields and gardens. The 31 bungalows offer pretty and comfortable accommodation in relaxing surroundings. The bungalows come in 2 sizes and offer en-suite bathrooms, air conditioning and private terraces (there are no televisions).
Alongside the main restaurant and swimming pool are beautiful lounges and a BBQ terrace, ideal for spending laid back afternoons and evenings. A bonfire area provides a great space for spending chilly winter evenings outdoors.
The resort also offers a great range of excursions and activities. In the vicinity it is possible to trek or hike to remote tribal villages, visit hot springs, go mountain biking, elephant riding or explore rivers by local Longtail boat. Birdwatching and nature trails are possible from within the gardens.
The Buddhist temples around Mae Hong Son, with their Thai and Burmese influences, are also some of the most enchanting in Thailand. Located close to the border with Burma, Mae Hong Son has an interesting and distinctive mix of ethnic minority cultures and a long history.
Mae Hong Son is accessible by a 30 minute flight from Chiang Mai. Alternatively, you can do an overland tour through the mountains that also takes in Pai and other attractions.
The Fern resort is a real gem. The resort will appeal to anyone looking to get off the beaten track and explore remote northern Thailand with .
Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.
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Really enjoyed the food tour. It took us to a part of Bangkok that we would never have visited. We visited 5 restaurants, some of which you would probably dismiss out of hand and carry on walking past from their appearance. They were also very clued up on local knowledge so it was a much a cultural tour as food tour.