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Review of Doi Mae Salong

Doi Mae Salong
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Mae Sai and Mae Salong Day Trip from Chiang Rai
Ranked #5 of 92 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.
Reviewed December 19, 2012

Its very interesting to see the area for its history but out of all the locations I went to in the northern corner of Thailand, I can't say it was the most interesting. There are market stalls to buy local chinese products, in particular tea and dried fruits, but if you are travelling with a tour group you will just get herded into one store to buy things and then off to the next stop. Personally preferred the areas toward the east near the Mekong river.

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Reviewed December 9, 2012

Well , there is a tea plantation where you can sample various tea. A small tourist market where you can haggle over the local handicraft which is priced reasonably compare to getting it in the city.

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Reviewed December 1, 2012

When Chiang Kai Shek lost the civil war in China in 1949, he retreated to Taiwan but about 4,000 of his soldiers in Yunan Province led by General Duan and others crossed over the Northern Thai border to Doi Mae Salong to escape Mao's soldiers. After the war, instead of bringing them to Taiwan, Chiang let his men to settle down in northern Thailand with the agreement of Thai government which was in need of help from the chinese soldiers to fight the northern tribal rebels. Chiang did sent experts to teach his former soldiers on farming , and generating hydro-power ect , so that they could survive on their own.Today, this small chinese settlement on the hill is serene and peaceful.
My wife and I arrived at Wiang Inn Hotel at the main road of Chiang Rai on 10 Nov. 2012. After checking out a few tour companies along the main road, we decided to book a car from one of them for a day on 12 Nov 2012 to go to 5-Hilltribe Village,Doi Mae Salong, Doi Thung and Chiang Khong to stay a night as we were to take the slow boat to Luang Prabang on 13th Nov morning. The driver ( who could not speak english) picked us up from our hotel at 9.00am with his old but reliable Volvo 760 car and at the end of the tour , dropped us at our hotel in Chiang Khong at 6.10pm. The cost was 3000 baht after some discount, excluding meals and entrance tickets.
At 11.15am, when we reached the hill road to Doi Mae Salong, the driver switched off the car air-cond. and wind down the windows to allow the fresh , nice air to come in. There were hardly any cars and only a few motorbikes. The road was paved but with some potholes in a few stretches. We saw rolling hills and some villages on the way up. At 11.50am , when we reached the destination, the driver took us to the memorial hall where the history of the struggle of the chinese settlement was spelled out. Besides some shops selling mainly local products, there were no other visitors. Next stop is the town center where there are three rows of single storey shops selling local produce, mainly chinese tea leaves. The driver took us to visit the tomb of General Duan after which we had lunch at the best restaurant , Maesalong Villa. The restaurant was packed with visitors. we chose a table in the patio to have a good view of the hills. We ordered medicinal black chicken soup, musroom and vege. The meal was very good and autentic. The driver got his meal free from the restaurant. At 1.30pm , we started to decend the hill , passing many tea planting areas. It was a worthwhile trip though not popular with tourists.

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Reviewed September 9, 2012

Beautiful spot, great tea shopping - most of the vendors really know their stuff. A must for any tea lover, like me.

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Reviewed August 30, 2012

Rented a Yamaha Mio GTX scooter from Chiang Rai and with GPS headed to Doi Tung. Mae Fah Luang Garden was an awesome sight. Downhill from Doi Tung turn right from a junction will lead to Mae Salong. Its a long and winding road - a lonely road and no traffic at all. The air was fresh and cool. It was end of January and the sight of Sakura blooming is almost over. After an hours ride stopped at Mae Salong Homestay for lunch. Was told by its owner, James that the best time to view Sakura is around 2nd-3rd week of January. The photos shown by James was just spectacular. Lots of Chinese stalls selling oolong tea and souvenirs at the town centre. Doi Mae Salong is a small quiet town worth visiting and enjoy the wonderful sight of Sakura (only in January).

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