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Doi Mae Salong

Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Ranked #4 of 29 attractions in Chiang Rai
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Mountains, Lookouts
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Doi Mae Salong is a primarily Chinese community that offers a variety of activities. Visitors can take in a morning market, tour General Tuan's Tomb,... more » Owner description: Doi Mae Salong is a primarily Chinese community that offers a variety of activities. Visitors can take in a morning market, tour General Tuan's Tomb, go to a memorial museum and take in tea tastings while visiting the village. « less
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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2014

This place is a testament to a forgotten part of Thai history. It is amazing to visit, but if there had been explanations in English (or French! or something!) it would have been better. The grounds are beautiful but not well-kept. The area is surrounded by tea plantations. We stopped in a "local market" on the way home and bought... More

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nyc
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57 reviews 57 reviews
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Once upon a time, when there was a revolution going in China, a couple of brigades of Nationalist Chinese troops escaped over the border to Burma, and then on to a mountain area called Mae Salong. For nearly a generation, these Chinese soldiers were used by Thai authorities to fight insurgent communists, from 1953 to 1972 -- during the hey-day... More

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Kuala Lumpur
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42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

Doi Mae Salong is a long journey up hill but worthy. Generally, Chinese community can be found here and mostly from Burma and Yunnan (China). Traditional houses and shops can been seen along the town (surprisingly it can be seen in Thai). Tea plantation is famous up there and good to have a stop and try the tea. Tea price... More

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

A farming community migrated from China due to its ideological difference after Communist took over China. These followers of Kuomintang can easily be given the Taiwan Permanent Residence status if they live in Taiwan for a year, and National status after three years! The Chinese speaking community uses traditional Chinese characters and have close relation with people in Yunnan and... More

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Jerusalem, Israel
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51 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We hired a private guide, Jermask, to take us here. We also saw the white temple, Yao, Akha and Lisu villages. the area is beautiful and this settlement was interesting. The KMT from China were invited to settle here and to defend the northern border against possible Chinese attack. They still speak Chinese and their children, according to our guide,... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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11 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

It takes a little bit of effort to get there (about 90 mins each way on public transport.... if you're lucky), and there aren't any obvious sights, but it's worth it. The scenery on the ride there is stunning, as are the tea plantations outside the village. The village itself is not very photogenic, and feels rather contrived(touristy), but shopping... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014

We hired a car and went on our own to the Doi Mae Salong. Best trip ever. The village is amazing, the people we too. We walked through the local market, bought some amazing tea and met a local lady who talked to us for about 2 hours about how her family fled China and Burma and settled in Thailand.... More

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Kangaroo Valley, Australia
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2014 via mobile

We arrived here from Tha Ton, great ride along very scenic roads. We went to a tea plantation on the Northern side of the area. Sampled some really lovely teas and the markets there were good too.

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Toronto
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9 attraction reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

We visited Doi Mae Salong as part of an itinerary through Indochina Odyssey tours, and as such, had a driver and guide take us there from Chiang Rai. It was a beautiful, scenic drive. We stopped at the Tea Plantation # 101 where we were able to wander in the tea fields, where the workers were gathering the morning's leaves.... More

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2014

We hired a scooter and rode up to the village, which takes about 2 hours, although it would be quicker in a car. There are 2 ways of getting there - via 1089 highway, or 1130 and 1234, with the later being steeper, but more scenic (we went up via 1130 and returned via 1089). The local markets are great,... More

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