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“Makes you remember history”
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 March 10, 2014

Once upon a time, when there was a revolution going in China, a couple of brigades of Nationalist Chinese troops escaped over the border to Burma, and then on to a mountain area called Mae Salong. For nearly a generation, these Chinese soldiers were used by Thai authorities to fight insurgent communists, from 1953 to 1972 -- during the hey-day of our own Vietnam war nearby. When the fighting tapered, the Chinese had to figure out a way to earn a living -- there were several thousand families on the Mae Salong range. With the help of Chinese from Taiwon and some goodwill from Thai authorities, the Chinese settled the area and developed agriculture and a major tea plantation. Now its a Chinese village in Thailand, with a museum that reminds everyone that this peaceful land wasn't always that way.

It takes about 90 minutes to drive from downtown Chiang Rai. Once you turn off the main highway, it is quite a steep climb into the mountains. THe road is good: barriers have been set up along the ridge, reflectors are installed in the (faded) yellow line dividing the two lanes. Lots of places to sample Oolong tea and other wares. But it's the history of the place that matters.

4  Thank melsays
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Reviewed March 10, 2014

Doi Mae Salong is a long journey up hill but worthy.
Generally, Chinese community can be found here and mostly from Burma and Yunnan (China).

Traditional houses and shops can been seen along the town (surprisingly it can be seen in Thai).
Tea plantation is famous up there and good to have a stop and try the tea.
Tea price are cheap and worth buying 1 or 2.
People around can speak Chinese as well.

Thank Jon L
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

A farming community migrated from China due to its ideological difference after Communist took over China. These followers of Kuomintang can easily be given the Taiwan Permanent Residence status if they live in Taiwan for a year, and National status after three years!

The Chinese speaking community uses traditional Chinese characters and have close relation with people in Yunnan and Myanmar. They are mainly tea leaf farmers and providers of the tourist industry.

We stayed in Baan Shi Shi, a 12-room hotel. There are six bungalows, two rooms in each bungalow, overlooking the valley with beautiful view of sun rise.

Have a walk in the local market to check out local products. Monks come over the market for alms around 7 am. Try the Yunan noodle in soy soup in the market complex!

2  Thank PohTrip
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Reviewed February 23, 2014

We hired a private guide, Jermask, to take us here. We also saw the white temple, Yao, Akha and Lisu villages. the area is beautiful and this settlement was interesting. The KMT from China were invited to settle here and to defend the northern border against possible Chinese attack. They still speak Chinese and their children, according to our guide, often study in Taiwan or Singapore and try to settle there. We bought some green tea and coffee beans.

Thank shulamit657
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Reviewed February 2, 2014

It takes a little bit of effort to get there (about 90 mins each way on public transport.... if you're lucky), and there aren't any obvious sights, but it's worth it.

The scenery on the ride there is stunning, as are the tea plantations outside the village.

The village itself is not very photogenic, and feels rather contrived(touristy), but shopping is fun, and chatting in Chinese with the shopkeepers is a cool experience. The climate is nice, and there is good food available.

I'm not sure if it'd be worth it to stay the night.... perhaps if your schedule allows it. Otherwise, a day trip (or half day) is adequate.

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