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Doi Mae Salong

Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Ranked #5 of 29 Attractions in Chiang Rai
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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Chiang Rai, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Doi Mae Salong is an interesting town with an interesting history. Founded by a group of Chinese soldiers and built like a traditional Chinese village. Doi Mae Salong is nestled in the mountains and has a great selection of local teas.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

Drove up with Khun Chai, recommend him if you need a good trustworthy driver (call him at 0831531994). His English is good and he drives safely. Went up to the village, tea plantation and do not forget to stop at the Sweet Maesalong Coffeeshop for coffee or lunch, very nice!

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Riga
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

This place is very different Thailand. We visited in dark cloudy day when there was a mist over hills, it made the place to look really exotic. We made a day trip to Mae Salong from Chaing Rai. The road to Mae Salong in hills is very beautiful, we also visited tea plantation on the way.

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Schiedam, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Our trip to doi Mae salong was really worth our trip. It was part of a further trip to Laos, Myanmar and chiang rai by car. Along our way to doi Mae salong (start point Mae rim) we fell in love with its nature. In doi Mae salong you smell the teaplants all day long, the village it self is... More

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Perth
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

I really enjoyed being able to chill out in Mae Salong for a weekend. The ride up from Mae Chan in local transport was a highlight and very cheap. The vehicle stops in the centre of town which is conveniently near several accommodation options. The Saturday market was very ordinary but the morning market was great. Just get there well... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2014

Winding roads up to the top of the hill, lovely gardens, and an interesting Chinese Community. Went to museum, and also enjoyed a great chinese-style lunch here.

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Phuket
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

I loved the area of Doi Mae Salong. While there you MUST visit an ethnic hill tribe and the ethnic Chinese market. We were lucky to have a wonderful local taxi driver who took us all over the place on our three day visit to Chiang Rai. After visiting the hill tribe he took us to a lovely little Chinese... More

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014

Quietly beautiful site. Accessible by car or by long stairs (? Several hundred at least) if you choose to access it by the lower Wat. Plenty of parking, no fees. Photo suggestion- great shots from right front of lower Wat and dead centre (aligning lower and upper Wat in your viewfinder).Great view of the entire area from the upper Wat.... More

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Norman, Oklahoma
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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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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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