The Best Bars in Mae Hong Son, Thailand

Stunning Mae Hong Son | © Alexis Gravel/Flickr
Stunning Mae Hong Son | © Alexis Gravel/Flickr
Photo of Iona Proebst
30 November 2017

A hidden gem of Thailand’s north is the pretty lakeside town of Mae Hong Son. While you’re checking out the sights you’ll likely want to discover the town’s nightlife. Here is our list of the best bars in Mae Hong Son.


Crossroads is the only pub-like-bar that caters to both Thai and Westerners in town. This friendly bar-restaurant literally sits at the main crossroads in Mae Hong Son and has become a local institution. Here you can get creature comfort food including steaks as well as a selection of local and import beers and delicious cocktails.

Crossroads Bar, Mae Hong Son | © Alexis Gravel/Flickr

Sunflower Cafe

Sunflower Cafe serves ice cold draught beer, plays live lounge music and has spectacular views from its lakeside location. An added feature of this watering hole is the tacky artificial waterfall. Tourists naturally gravitate to this place as it’s on the main lakeside strip of cafes and bars.

Meeting Bar

Located right next door to Sunflower Cafe is the trendy Meeting Bar. This funky and relaxed joint, serves delicious food, lassis and cocktails. Mr Boonsook’s bar is the perfect place to come and chill while you sip a cold drink, listen to reggae and Latin beats and gaze out onto the lake.

Lakeside Mae Hong Son | © Alexis Gravel/Flickr

Salween River Restaurant

Restaurant, Thai, European
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Burmese tea leaf salad
Burmese tea leaf salad | © stu_spivack/Flickr
Salween River Restaurant is one of the longest standing places in town. Popular with locals and expats alike, this place is the main hang out spot for charity workers. This friendly family restaurant has an extensive menu which includes local specialities like Khao Soi and Burmese tea leaf salad as well as pizza and burgers. Local beers and bottles of whiskey are served and there is a large book library where you can swap books.


Plearn is a cool little bar where young locals hang out. This cheap and cheerful place has live music, serves basic Thai food and is open late. There are no signs in English but just look out for the plastic bar stools close to the post office.

Downtown Mae Hong Son | © Ken Marshall/Flickr

Bai Fern Restaurant

Restaurant, Thai, $$$
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Bai Fern is Mae Hong Son’s most upmarket restaurant and services both Thai and international cuisines. The restaurant is located in a traditional wooden building and a live band serenades customers most evenings. Bai Fern also has a selection of great drinks, hence why it’s made our list of the best bars in Mae Hong Son.

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