Soppong and Pang Mapha are located mid-way between Mae Hong Son and Pai. Pang Mapha is the northernmost district (Amphoe) of Mae Hong Son Province, northern Thailand.
A traveling market is set up every Tuesday morning along the road in the main market area, with hilltribe people (Lisu, Red and Black Lahu, Karen, and Hmong) coming down from the mountains to sell their produce and wares.
Far less touristy than overcrowded Pai just 50 kms away, its a nice little place to chill out for a few days – and less expensive.
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Date: Friday 17th August 2012
Soppong & Pang Mapha Accommodation ranges from basic guesthouses, hotel accommodation to upmarket resorts.
PHONE 086-9162647 085-3342373
277 MOO 1, SOPPONG, PANGMAPHA, MAEHONGSON PHONE 053-617081
200/74 SOPPONG, PANGMAPHA, MAEHONGSON
15 MOO 1, PANG MAPA, MAEHONGSON, 58150. PHONE & FAX. 053-617203
200 MOO 1 SOPPONG, PANGMAPHA, MAEHONGSON PHONE 053-617099
295 TAMBON SOPPONG, PANGMAPHA, MAEHONGSON PHONE 053-617054 FAX. 053-617053
123 MAEHONGSON-PAI ROAD, MAEHONGSON PHONE 053-617231 053-617039 084-9480777
339 MOO 1, TAMBON SOPPONG, PANGMAPA, MAEHONGSON PHONE 053-617136 081-8814176 081-8832832 FAX. 053-617136
354 MOO 1, SOPPONG, PANGMAPHA, MAEHONGSON PHONE 086-1920847
PHONE 089-9984886 085-7211575
PHONE 083-5824496 083-0548497
226/1 BAAN NA LUANG, TAMBON THAM LOD, MAEHONGSON PHONE 089-5536041 089-8512890
PHONE 053-617133 081-9920233
205 SOPPONG, PANGMAPHA, MAEHONGSON PHONE –
356 MOO 1, TAMBON SOPPONG, PANGMAPA, MAEHONGSON PHONE 053-617107 081-2508425
240 MOO 1, TAMBON SOPPONG, AMPHUR PANGMAPHA, MAEHONGSON 58150
PHONE 053-611754 FAX. 053-611753
Several prehistoric sites are known with in Pang Mapha area. The most famous one is the Spirit Cave, occupied from about 9000 till 5500 BC by Hoabinhian hunters and gatherers. Two other significant sites nearby are the Banyan Valley Cave and the Steep Cliff Cave. Much more recent are the coffin caves like Tham Lot.
During World War II the Japanese troops built a road from Pai to Mueang Mae Hong Son and further to Myanmar. Later people used the road for transportation and commercial, using Ban Sop Pong Mae Umong for the overnight stop. The government built a police station in the area that called Pangmapha in 1948. Later in 1977 the government improved the road, many people from other districts and provinces, hill tribes and refugees from Myanmar moved to the area. This created problems like drug trafficking and deforestation. To improve the administration of the area, the government created the Pang Mapha minor district (King Amphoe) on April 1 1987, by splitting the two tambon Soppong and Pang Mapha from Mueang Mae Hong Son district. It was upgraded to a full district on December 5, 1996.