It is so nice to be back in Thailand. A country full of family, friends, delicious flavors and vibrant colors. When people ask me where they should go when in Thailand, I usually rattle off a long list of things....but I think my absolute favorite is Mae Hong Son Province. Not too off the beaten path, but definitely not on it either...
Get yourself to Chiang Mai and from there, you have two road options; both require about 5 hours of driving. If you take route 1095 via Pai (280 km)- you may want to take some Dramamine as it is a curvy, mountainous drive. The other option is route 108 via Mae Sariang (350 km). Although this route has more kilometers, it is an easier drive.
Mae Hong Son province is ideal for those that enjoy nature. I highly recommend a 4x4, as you can follow dirt roads up to mountain tops where hill tribes reside. Exercise caution as this is a remote area and help is not always readily available.