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Doi Mae Salong

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Address: Chiang Rai, Thailand
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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Doi Mae Salong is a primarily Chinese community that offers a variety of...

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.

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Chinese Town & Tea Plantations

If you want to buy some tea then this is the place for you, as there are many different varieties. We also spent a pleasant 30 minutes in the field watching the girls pick the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Barry W
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Paphos
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Paphos
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326 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to buy some tea then this is the place for you, as there are many different varieties. We also spent a pleasant 30 minutes in the field watching the girls pick the tea, which is back breaking work & they only get 100THB for filling a basket with tea leaves & they are lucky if they can... More 

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Thank Barry W
Bangkok, Thailand
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39 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I rented a motorbike in Chiang Rai and rode up to Doi Mae Salong. It was a beautiful ride. The tea plantations there were so pretty. The town is very small. A few vendors selling produce and teas, but not much to do in town.

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United Kingdom
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342 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We visited Doi Mae Salong tea plantation as part of a bespoke tour which included Pho Chi Fa sunrise. This is a lovely plantation in the mountains, brilliant views but would be better visited when the tea pickers are at work. Not sure if they allow visitors around the factory area like they do in Sri Lanka if so then... More 

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Thank Steve H
Bangkok, Thailand
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon at Doi Mae Salong. We drove up, had some Yunan style Chinese food for lunch, visited the Chinese market. There are a couple of Yunan restaurants which have been around for many years apparently but we tried one of the smaller ones and it was fine (it was easier to find parking). Personally I really... More 

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Cortez, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such kind people, it was impossible to resist buying their lovely handcrafts. A scattering of simple huts on the wooded hillside seems perhaps an area created especially for tourism, but the smiles felt genuine and they were grateful for our purchases.

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Thank Gail L
Brussels, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

It was a long zigzag way to get there, but very interesting. I would recommend a taxi or a rented car (no bus and difficult to find a songthaew with 10 people).

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Beirut, Beyrouth, Lebanon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016 via mobile

We visited the gardens. Very nice part of our day with Coconuts Tours (I recommend these tour company). Nice place to visit as a part of a bigger tour to explore the area. I wouldn't make it the focus. It was very busy with Thai celebrating New Year's holiday which made it lively and enjoyable.

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1 Thank Rola H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

I don’t write reviews often, but when I visited “Mae Salong” I felt strongly that I should mention that I wasted 3/4 of the time driving up the dangerous curve and steep hills. We needed to go over thousand of mountains. I almost die !!! and there were many ahka people. I bought a fake power balance wristband for 30... More 

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Bangkok
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125 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We were driving to Chiang Rai from Mae Ai, so we decided on taking the short detour (13 km) up the mountain to the village. This was not a knock-your-socks-off destination, but it was a nice place to visit. The Meo Chinese influence was very evident, The area is known for the tea, but there was also a market where... More 

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1 Thank Jonathan B
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

It's a long drive up to Mae Salong, with steep and curvy roads at times. Went to the tea market where lots of tea and titbits were sold. Was very foggy when we arrived.

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