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“The road up is the best part”
Review of Doi Mae Salong

Doi Mae Salong
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Mae Sai and Mae Salong Day Trip from Chiang Rai
Ranked #3 of 79 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.
Ottawa, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“The road up is the best part”
Reviewed August 13, 2013

Rent a motorbike in Chiang Rai and head up the mountains. The curvy, steep roads are in decent condition, and often times you round a corner to have gorgeous mountain scenery unfold in front of you. Google will tell you to take the 1089 but the road is full of potholes. Take the 1234 and 1130, and you can see the mountain clans. Mae Salong is charming. The steps to the temple on the hill (Santikhiri) are physically demanding but rewards you with a great panorama of the town. You should stop at one of the many tea shops around town to sample homegrown tea (Oolong being the specialty).

Visited June 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Historical significance”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Difficult journey of winding uphill road. Old Chinese courtyard homes are replaced by new builts. But the inhabitants are still preserving the Chinese culture and way of life

Visited July 2013
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“A little overrated”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

Nothing much to see or do here, and most of the guest houses are on the busy road, so you dont get the peace and quiet that you'd expect from a little hill town

Visited June 2013
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Nice cool getaway into the countryside”
Reviewed June 4, 2013

We rented a 135cc. scooter from ST in Chiang Rai and did Mae Salong along with Chiang Saen and the Black House. I recommend doing it this way, as public transport is time consuming and much less fun that taking a scooter into the hills. We left most our luggage in the backpack cage at Orchids Guesthouse until we got back. Rent a larger engine scooter (we were two people), as the hills are steep. The roads in this region are great, scenic and it's not dangerous to use a scooter for this medium-length trip. Mae Salong is a nice and quiet little town, great for buying handicrafts and seeing some nearby hill tribe villages. It's cool in the summer too, and almost no mozzies either. The hills are gorgeous, the wat above town affords a splendid view of the area, and the morning market is great too see. You'll find the traditional Akha ladies with full costume there selling bracelets. Give them a 20 Baht note and ask for a photo, they are amazingly photogenic with their headdress and clothes. After Mae Salong you can ride to Chiang Saen in about 2-2.5 hours. That city is also well worth a visit, and you can see the MaeKhong river. On your way back from there hit Black Houses (see my post there) before returning to CR.

Visited May 2013
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Quiet Mountain Town - Tea Drinker's Delight”
Reviewed May 31, 2013

We took a local bus from Chiang Rai heading towards Mae Sai. We got off at Ban Banaak. Then we took a Songtaew up the mountain. Just a note, you need at least 6-8 people to go for 60 Baht. Otherwise you have to pay 480 Baht to hire the whole Songtaew to take you. He dropped us at one end of town and we walked to the other. Sipping tea in the shops, taking pictures and eating our way through this sleepy little mountain town. We went on a weekday and we worked our way through the town in about 3 hours. Worth the trip to go if you love epic scenery and sipping tea. Nice lazy day.

Visited May 2013
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