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The Village of Mae Salong – A Serene Hillside Retreat



Mae Salong is a mountainside Chinese village settled by the 93rd Regiment of the KMT after the Chinese Revolution. In the past they were heavily involved in the cultivation and trade of opium and other drugs, but that has been largely replaced by tea and food crops. Lisu, Akha, and other ethnic tribes live in the neighboring hills.


Chingrai Times– With heavenly beaches, exciting shopping districts, mouth watering delicacies and a naughty nightlife, Thailand makes a perfect holiday destination. Located in South East Asia Thailand is a country which thrives on tourism. Golden Triangle is a well known area located in the far north of the country.

This is where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet together. It is also where the Mekong River merges with the Ruak River. These two rivers flow in such a way so as to separate the three countries geographically. The landscape is hilly and breathtaking making the Golden Triangle a popular tourist destination within Thailand.

A newly finished Buddhist Temple (Wat Sati Kee Ree) overlooking the village.

The village of Mae Salong is a beautiful small village tucked away in the hills of Chiang Rai province in Thailand. Also known as Santikhiri this alluring village produces some of the finest tea in the region. You can even visit the tea factories in the area and learn how the people of Mae Salong produce their delicious tea. The village celebrates the Cherry Blossom Festival every year where you can enjoy unique cultural dances, a parade by the villagers and also buy handicrafts made by the locals. Most foreigners come to the village to participate in volunteer programs as well, including rebuilding a school for the children and conducting English lessons for the villagers. These projects do not charge any money and you can volunteer as little or as much as you like. You can also pick up some souvenirs for your friends and family such as locally produced tea, mushrooms and herbs.

You will find a large number of cafes built using bamboo in the Golden Triangle area. These small cafes serve some delightful Thai dishes. When in Mao Salong you can try some Yunnanese dishes as well. Yunnan noodles with bean gravy is a popular dish which will leave your taste buds wanting for more.

While visiting Chiang Rai hotels can be found easily to suit your budget. A hotel in Chiang Rai will pamper you with excellent Thai hospitality and modern amenities. Anantara Golden Triangle Thailand is one such option where you can enjoy luxurious comforts and spend a day relaxing and rejuvenating at the spa. – by PUSHPITHA WIJESINGHE

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