Director of Tourism Centre blasts Mae Hong Son tourist businesses
An overwhelming influx of tourists over New Year into the
comparatively small town of Mae Hong Son has encouraged the local Tourism
Coordination Centre to urge all tourism-related businesses to integrate in
order to provide better customer service. Wisut Buachum, the centre’s
director, noted that visitor numbers had exceeded expectations, but that
there were many problems as a result.
Wisut considers that the province’s tourist facilities are inefficient and
inadequate for dealing with high demand, listing problems with fuel
supplies, traffic congestion on major roads leading to tourist destinations,
inadequate and poor accommodation and camping areas, over-priced goods,
souvenirs and food, plus a lack of concerned organisations providing useful
visitor information during the tourist high season. He told reporters that,
‘The province needs to promote more integrated cooperation especially on
tourism-related facilities, and needs to promote information on the province
to the public. It also needs to regain its status as an attractive
destination with enough capabilities to accommodate an influx of tourists
during high season’.
The area has many sites attractive to visitors, including Pai district, the
Tham Lot cave in Pang Mapha district, the romantic Pang Ung village, the
province’s most revered mountain temple, Wat Phra That Doi Kongmu, the
Buatong flower field in Khun Yuam district, the Kaew Komol cave in Mae Lanoi
district and Mae Sarm Laeb village in Mae Sariang district.