Northern Thailand Sights

Advertisement

Guidebooks

Mae Salong Village

Mae Salong Village Review

Visit this remote mountain village, 48 km (30 miles) northwest of Chiang Rai along a serpentine road, Highway 1234, and you could be excused for believing you'd strayed over a couple of borders and into China. The one-street hamlet (the mountainside has no room for further expansion) is the home of descendants of Chinese Nationalist troops who fled through Burma from the advancing communist army of Mao Tse-tung in 1949. They brought many Chinese traditions and skills with them, and now live mostly from cultivating tea, coffee, and fruit. Orchards and tea and coffee plantations drape the mountainsides, while visitors crowd the slopes in December and January to admire the cherry blossoms and swaths of sunflowers. Call at any of the numerous tea shops for a pot of refreshing Oolong. A local bus service runs from Chiang Rai to Mae Salong, and most Chiang Rai travel agents offer day-tours for around B3,000.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 48 km (30 miles) northwest of Chiang Mai via Hwy. 1234, Chiang Rai
  • Location: Chiang Rai
Updated: 03-13-2013

Fodorite Reviews

Be the first to review this property

Advertisement

View more trip reports

  • Malaria

    Not looking for medical advice, but would simply like to know whether or not you took anti-malarial drugs when you travelled in Thailand and regardless of whether or not you did, which regions did you travel Read more

View more travel discussions

· News & Features

View more blog stories