Soppong – Pang Mapha

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.

Accommodation

Date: Friday 17th August 2012

Soppong & Pang Mapha Accommodation ranges from basic guesthouses, hotel  accommodation to upmarket resorts.

BAAN RIM LANG

PHONE   086-9162647   085-3342373

BAAN CAFE NATURE RESORT

277 MOO 1, SOPPONG, PANGMAPHA, MAEHONGSON
PHONE   053-617081

CHARMING HOME

200/74  SOPPONG, PANGMAPHA,  MAEHONGSON

CAVE LODGE

15 MOO  1,  PANG MAPA,  MAEHONGSON, 58150.
PHONE  &  FAX.   053-617203

JUNGLE GUESTHOUSE

200 MOO 1 SOPPONG, PANGMAPHA, MAEHONGSON
PHONE   053-617099

LITTLE EDEN GUESTHOUSE

295  TAMBON SOPPONG, PANGMAPHA, MAEHONGSON
PHONE   053-617054   FAX.   053-617053

LEMON HILLS HOUSE

123 MAEHONGSON-PAI ROAD, MAEHONGSON
PHONE   053-617231   053-617039    084-9480777

NORTHERN HILL GUESTHOUSE

339 MOO 1,  TAMBON SOPPONG, PANGMAPA, MAEHONGSON
PHONE   053-617136    081-8814176    081-8832832    FAX.  053-617136

354 HOUSE

354 MOO 1, SOPPONG, PANGMAPHA, MAEHONGSON
PHONE   086-1920847

LISU  HOMESTAY

PHONE   089-9984886   085-7211575

LISU  LODGE

PHONE   083-5824496   083-0548497

RIM DOI BUNGALOWS

226/1 BAAN NA LUANG, TAMBON THAM LOD, MAEHONGSON
PHONE   089-5536041    089-8512890

ROCK GARDEN

PHONE   053-617133   081-9920233

SABAI  COTTAGE

205 SOPPONG, PANGMAPHA, MAEHONGSON
PHONE   –

SOPPONG RIVER INN

356 MOO 1,  TAMBON SOPPONG, PANGMAPA, MAEHONGSON
PHONE   053-617107   081-2508425

 

PANGMAPHA HOSPITAL

240  MOO 1,  TAMBON  SOPPONG,  AMPHUR  PANGMAPHA,  MAEHONGSON  58150

PHONE   053-611754    FAX.   053-611753

The History of Pang Mapha

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.

*Source: Wikipedia

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