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We thought this was going to be a touristy gimmick to draw in Chinese tourists but in fact it is one of the villages established by Yunnanese migrants escaping Mao's retribution. There certainly ARE touristy things to do but the locals needed some source of...More
3 hour drive up from Chiang Mai.This is not your typical Chinatown you see around the world but one of three Chinese villages situated in northern Thailand populated by Yunnan tribes people.
The weather here is chill even on a sunny day.
I know some visitors are going to call this place out for being touristy. The smallish village doesn't seem to have much of a cultural or historical significance but what I found interesting was the fact that the Chinese people here are descendants of part...More
My wife and myself visited here on the way back from the view point. The shops are pretty much the same. You can feed the fish in the ponds for 10bht and there are 100s of them. There is an old type ferris wheel and...More
Santichon Village has some historical significance as it was a refuge for Chinese Nationalist soldiers and their families after their defeat by the Communist Red Army ... the villiage contains some rebuilt copies of the original building style of the Yunnan people and some touristy...More
When you get here head to the koi pond and buy some fish food (10 baht for a bag). Feed the fish. You won’t regret it. Had an absolute blast just feeding fish for a while. The fish are huge and go nuts for the...More
This pitoresque place was founded by Chinese Nationalists who sought here refuge after their defeit in the Civil War.
The place contains a miniature replica of the Great Wall that offers nice views.
There are some souvenir and coffee shops.
This so-called Chinese Village (Santichon) is not worth an intended trip. It had been spruced up commercially for tourist. The main commercial activity is tea leaves. The high point would be the look out up a the hill for THB20 to see the valley.
This is a small part of Pai that is a little out of the way. It is interesting to see how these people live outside the confines of China and in a very different part of the country in Thailand and Pai. I enjoyed just...More
Response from simplydonald | Reviewed this property |
Hi, Naag R
The entrance to the village is free and there is no closing time when I was there. I was able to move freely within the village and there are a number of souvenir shops as well as a cafe for rest. However, fees... More
Hi, Naag R
The entrance to the village is free and there is no closing time when I was there. I was able to move freely within the village and there are a number of souvenir shops as well as a cafe for rest. However, fees are charged to ride on the horse, swings and the bridal carriage.