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Mae Hong Son province

Statistics
Capital:Mae Hong Song[?]
Area:12,681.3 km²
Ranked 8th
Inhabitants:208,835 (2001)
Ranked 74th
Pop. density:16 inh./km²
Ranked 76th
ISO 3166-2:TH-58
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Mae Hong Song (Thai แม่ฮ่องสอน) is one of the northern provinces (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from east clockwise) Chiang Mai and Tak. To the west it borders Myanmar.

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Geography The province is located between several mountain ranges and thus enjoys a cooler climate then most of the other areas of Thailand.

History The province was part of the Lannathai kingdom as well as of Burma. The strong influence of the Burmese can still be seen in the building style of the temples.

Demographics 63% of the population in the province are members of the hill tribes, among them the Hmong, Yao[?], Lahu[?], Lisu[?], Akha[?] and Karen[?]. Another big ethnic group are the Shan. The province has the lowest population density of all the provinces of Thailand.

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The provincial seal show an elephant swimming in water. Elephant training for forest work was very popular in the province. Ban Mae Hong Son was one of two communities built around an elephant camp by Prince Kaew Muang Ma. The provincial tree is Millettia brandisiana[?], and the provincial flower is the Mexican Sunflower (Tithonia diversifolia[?]).

Administrative divisions

Amphoe
(districts)
  1. Muang Mae Hong Song
  2. Khun Yuam
  3. Pai
  4. Mae Sariang
  1. Mae La Noi
  2. Sop Moei
  3. Pang Mapha

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