Pang Oung Lake is a spectacular, beautiful area, some 40 km away from the city of Mae Hong Son, very close to the authentic Chinese village Ban Rak Thai. Pang Oung is one of the hidden treasures of Mae Hong Son province, and those who visit here find it hard to believe they are in Thailand. There’s a large lake with black and white swans, surrounded by pine trees and mountain chains.
In the past, the area was known for illegal opium crops, but the king and queen of Thailand decided to intervene and advance the area. They’ve established a royal project that included building a large water reserve and an agricultural center, where villagers were taught to practice modern agriculture with various crops such as avocado, pears etc. – instead of opium.
The area appeals to local nature enthusiasts who enjoy the beauty and serenity of the place. It features guesthouses and camping sites, and the visitors are welcome to enjoy walking tracks in the cool, fresh air, in the beautiful natural lake setting with the mountains that surround it; they can sail smoothly on the pastoral lake and watch one of the main attractions on site – 2 pairs of swans, one black and the other white – that were donated to the place by queen Sirkit.