Doi Mae Salong
Doi Mae Salong
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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.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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Companion714757
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
Beautiful town, but since Covid public transport is almost non existent. If you want to go by Songthaew from Mae Chan, you can only charter it for 600 baht. They don't go up regularly. Also to go back to Mae Chan it will be 600. There are no Songthaews going to Tha Ton for the moment.
So go with a few people to keep the cost low or come with your own transport!
Written 4 September 2022
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Reslimpan
Rayong, Thailand3,444 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Couples
The journey to Doi Mae Salong is perhaps more about the journey as such than the final destination. Incredible scenery along the spaghetti roads leading there. Once in Mae Salong an opportunity to buy tea, coffee, nuts, dried fruit and mushrooms. Take the opportunity to visit a tea plantation to savor some excellent oolong tea.
Written 3 January 2022
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mgnck
Sydney, Australia98 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
Doi Mae Salong is a beautiful and interesting place to visit due to it's history and the Chinese community in the town. There are incredible views across the hills and tea plantations. The road journey is long and windy. Visiting in winter means the weather is cool and crisp which is a nice difference from nearby Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai.
Written 13 January 2023
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Vratin Shah
Mumbai, India1,305 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
Doi Mae Salong is about two hours drive from Chiang Rai. It is most popular for it's tea plantation & has two Wats, which are not so famous. Otherwise nothing much to see than the scenery. But, still worth a visit.
Written 7 January 2020
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Ian Maitland
Chiang Mai, Thailand63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
The road is a steep climb up the mountain. Plenty of cafes and orange sellers align the road. I enjoyed the ' 888 ' restaurant, Chinese style. Plenty of Chinese atmosphere away from city.
Written 6 February 2023
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Philippe D
Huy, Belgium124 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Great journey on scooter from Chiang Rai. Beautiful scenery. The last kilometers can be slightly challenging on scooter. The village itself is not really interesting. The market is very touristy and the few tribes persons quite agressive to sell theiir products.
Written 31 January 2020
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Jo-Ann
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia17,214 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
Steep hill ride. Winding and narrow roads. I loved it! Only thing was the weather was not cooling! I tried Yunnan cooking at the villa. Good black chicken herbal soup. Chatted with some villagers in a tea shop and sampled their Pu Er and Oolong tea. Yummy. Visited the tea plantation. Drove up passed the market to some shops specialized in selling dried fruits. Bought top quality dried mango and longan there. There were kids trying to sell souvenirs to tourists. There are more tea shops up there too. It was a rainy day so did not manage to visit more places nor walk the market. I wanna come back and stay a night or two. Interesting little village with friendly people.
Written 12 August 2019
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Jody S
Seattle, WA31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Friends
Doi Mae Salong is a great day/2 day trip just out of Chiang Rai, Thailand. It's a sleepy little Chinese tea village nestled in the hills above Chiang Rai, and really feels like you've left Thailand for a Chinese village. Slow pace, lots of narrow windy streets to explore with tea tastings available at almost every other shop.
To get there: Take a bus from the old Chiang Rai bus station toward Mae Sai. Tell the driver/person taking money that you're going to Doi Mae Salong, and they'll tell you where to get off. They'll drop you at the bottom of the hill where you can catch a songteaw (a pickup truck shared taxi) to take you on the hour drive up the mountain. The bus will cost 30-40 baht, and the songteaw cost will depend on how many people there are. If it is full with at least 8 people it should be 50 baht per person, but if it's not full you may have to pay more.
Things to see: Visit a tea plantation. Tea was planted as an alternative to opium, and it has thrived in the village. There are tons of places to taste oolong tea, and you can see how it's grown and cultivated.
Stop at the Yunanese noodle shop for Chinese noodle soup. Sooo good!
The large market area just outside of town offers tons of tea to buy, Chinese tea pots, and hill tribe trinkets and gifts.
Check out some of the hill tribes in the area. There are several just a few kilometers from town, and your guesthouse can arrange transportation or even a songteaw for you.
The temple on the hill is a must see, if nothing more than for the incredible views. We walked up - 718 stairs - or you can hire a songteaw to drive you to the top.
This is a great place to relax and unwind after the city hustle and bustle of Chiang Mai or Bangkok. The whole town sort of shuts down after 8pm or so, with the exception of restaurants, so you can buy beverages at the 7-11 to get you through the night. There is a bank in the town near the large market.
Written 22 January 2013
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Notshy
Singapore, Singapore2,726 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Visiting this Chinese dominated town once settled by the KMT (Kuomintang) makes you feel like you are not in Thailand. It sits approximately 1800m above sea level and is about 40kms out of Mae Chan. The drive here takes you through well paved roads and magical views.

There is a daily market, tribal handicraft stores, provision stores and numerous tea shops. They specialise in top grade Oolong tea in this region of Thailand. It is certainly something one has to try.

It is an extremely peaceful getaway and makes a good base for exploring Akha, Lisu, Mien and Hmong villages in the area.

I highly recommend going that extra mile to visit this village!
Written 18 January 2008
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Joyce Chong
Singapore, Singapore162 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Solo
I visited Doi Mae Salong for a day trip with public transport. Managed to climb up the stairs to Doi Mae Salong and went 101 tea plantations by hire a bike.

From Chiang Rai temporary bus terminal, I took a public bus to Mae Chan at $20 baht. Then, took a song thaew to Mae Salong with a change of song thaew at Mae Fa Luang total of 60 baht. U could get a straight song thaew if you can make it for the direct songthaew at 0700, 0900, 1100 & 1300hrs.

The song thaew stopped me opposite the 7-11. From there I took a walk up to Doi Mae Salong. The stairs are in proper condition.

It was peace to visit Doi Mae Salong.
For visitor do not wish to rush, suggest to stay over.

Note : there were 3 junctions when u come in from the entrance. Follow the middle path.

Written 24 April 2017
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