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“Good town to mellow out.”
Review of Doi Mae Salong

Doi Mae Salong
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US$82.40*
and up
Mae Sai and Mae Salong Day Trip from Chiang Rai
Ranked #5 of 89 things to do in Chiang Rai
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
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 27 May 2014

I really enjoyed being able to chill out in Mae Salong for a weekend. The ride up from Mae Chan in local transport was a highlight and very cheap. The vehicle stops in the centre of town which is conveniently near several accommodation options. The Saturday market was very ordinary but the morning market was great. Just get there well before 8 when most people will be packing away their fruit and veggies. Good town just to wander around, stretched across the ridge. There is an Akha village just off the main road but I felt awkward about visiting it. Akha ladies around town in their traditional clothing as part of their way to attract business to their stalls or things to buy. If you hire a motor bike, you get out of the town and see more of the stunning scenery of steep hills, tea plantations and little villages.

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Reviewed 18 May 2014

Winding roads up to the top of the hill, lovely gardens, and an interesting Chinese Community. Went to museum, and also enjoyed a great chinese-style lunch here.

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Reviewed 27 April 2014

I loved the area of Doi Mae Salong. While there you MUST visit an ethnic hill tribe and the ethnic Chinese market. We were lucky to have a wonderful local taxi driver who took us all over the place on our three day visit to Chiang Rai. After visiting the hill tribe he took us to a lovely little Chinese tea house somewhere on the hills and we also had lunch together in a local 'restaurant'. It's a great place for walking and also climbing 719 steps if you want to get up to the temple on the hill! The wonderful climate makes this doable! Again, I can highly recommend khun Chai the taxi driver (083 153 1994) that we used, he was not expensive for whole day excursions, is super friendly AND speaks good English, we need more like him in Phuket.

2  Thank Nic69uk
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

Quietly beautiful site. Accessible by car or by long stairs (? Several hundred at least) if you choose to access it by the lower Wat. Plenty of parking, no fees. Photo suggestion- great shots from right front of lower Wat and dead centre (aligning lower and upper Wat in your viewfinder).Great view of the entire area from the upper Wat.
Say hi to the resident cat for us - super congenial cat.

Thank David R
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Reviewed 22 March 2014

This place is a testament to a forgotten part of Thai history. It is amazing to visit, but if there had been explanations in English (or French! or something!) it would have been better. The grounds are beautiful but not well-kept. The area is surrounded by tea plantations. We stopped in a "local market" on the way home and bought tea to take home to the States. It is really very good! But the prices kept changing so much during the conversations with the tea vendors I wonder if we weren't cheated a bit. I was really uncomfortable with all the women and children coming up to tourists in their "traditional" costumes--layers and layers of beads and fabric in 90-degree heat--begging for us to buy beaded bracelets and asking for money in exchange for photo opps. Many tourists happily gave them money for the photos, but it seemed really orientalist to me. I couldn't do it. Still, it is cool to visit this diverse and historically significant corner of Thailand.

2  Thank mirmirandronnie
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