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.
48 km (30 miles) northwest of Chiang Mai via Hwy. 1234, Chiang Rai, Thailand