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“Nothing extraordinary”
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Doi Mae Salong
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Mae Sai and Mae Salong Day Trip from Chiang Rai
Ranked #3 of 78 things to do in Chiang Rai
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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, go to a memorial museum and take in tea tastings while visiting the village.
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“Nothing extraordinary”
Reviewed April 9, 2012

Basically only hilltribe market and a little bit of tea planation. Considering the distance we have to travel to reach there, it is not worth a visit. Nothing extraordinary or spectacular view.

Visited April 2012
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Derby, UK
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“Not much to recommend it”
Reviewed March 20, 2012

Maybe we went here at a bad time - it was the middle of "slash and burn" season, there were no views and there didn't seem much there. The lunch wasn't up to much and apart from the usual craft stalls there didn't seem to be much there. Combine it with a visit to the tea plantation (which was interesting) and maybe Mae Fah Luang flower garden then perhaps it's worth a trip.

Visited February 2012
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Innsbruck, Austria
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“A must visit location in Chiang Rai”
Reviewed March 12, 2012

We took a tour to this ethnic region of Chiang Rai last week. The air is pure and the mountain is covered with green grass the its feet to its top. The Thai people pay lots of respect to the buddha, even in this very far place they built a grand and elegant temple with golden decorations just like in the big cities. We also visited a small ethnice village which was an awesome experience with the impression from the women wearing large golden rings around their necks and the necks get lengthen by time. Mae Salong is another beautiful face of this wonderful country.

Visited March 2012
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Chiang Rai, Thailand
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“A town trying to reinvent itself”
Reviewed March 10, 2012

What is interesting about Mae Salong (now officially referred to as Santikhiri) is its extremely colorful history. Mae Salong did not exist until it was settled by Koumintang (KMT) soldiers who fled Southern China after being defeated by the Communists. Initially, this band of 12 thousand soldiers took refuge in Burma - but they were quickly repelled by the Burmese army. They crossed into Thailand and settled on the highest peak they could find. Having a commanding view of the area - it is said that the Thai Army (could not/would not/did not) kick them out.

This is where the story gets interesting and where the horse trading begins. I won't spoil it for you. The long and short of it is that through the years, Mae Salong became on of the epicenters of the Opium Trade. Today there is a museum that commemorates the great things the KMT forces did at this area. Of course no mention was ever made about Opium.

Today, there are many shops selling preserved fruits. Much of the hills have been replanted to Ulong Tea - which I must say is one of the best teas I have tried.

It is best to visit Mae Salong during the winter season. Unfortunately, lots of people do so as well which could mean that the place could get crowded.

Visited December 2011
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Ann Arbor
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“Cool mountain air, nice views, not overly touristy”
Reviewed February 9, 2012

The title indicates 3 of the things I enjoyed about Mae Salong. It was much less touristy than some of the usual travel destinations in northern Thailand, and I found it very enjoyable to walk around and down dirt roads into neighboring "hill tribe" villages. A motorbike would be great here. Morning market, good vibes, interesting Chinese culture. I was sorry I didn't have more than one night here.

Visited January 2012
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