Misty Mae Salong

We left Tha Ton by songthaew and it started to drizzle almost immediately. As we climbed up the mountain it got cooler and cooler and we were all wishing we’d packed the jumpers somewhere accessible. Luckily the songthaew was quite crowded so we were snuggled together. It took about an hour and a half with a bit of a stop in the middle to get to Mae Salong. By the time we arrived in the town we were the only people left on board. The driver stopped right near the guesthouse we had planned to stay in. We had no reservation but luckily a bungalow was available.

Little Home Bungalow

Our bungalow at Little Home Guesthouse

We stayed at Little Home Guesthouse and paid 600 baht ($AUD20) for a bungalow with two single beds, big bathroom, wifi and tv. This was our cheapest room of the whole trip but really lovely, comfortable, perfectly clean and the owners were very friendly and helpful.

We had come to Mae Salong hoping for amazing views over the mountains towards Burma. Unfortunately it was rainy and misty for the whole three nights we were there. Out came the long pants, socks, enclosed shoes, and jumpers that had been sitting unused in our bags all this time. Even with the mist and rain we loved this little town and the views were still enjoyable even if a little limited!

a walk in misty Mae Salong

A walk in misty Mae Salong

The town is built along a ridge line and runs along a main road through the middle. It’s quite spread out and very up and down to walk around. For this reason on our second day we hired a car and driver for the morning and did a bit of a tour. The driver spoke no English but our guesthouse owner explained to him where we wanted to go.

We visited the temple up on top of the hill behind town. You can walk up over 700 steps to get there or drive to the top. I’m gad we drove because there was no view and the temple was deserted. We had a quick walk around and got back in the car.

deserted temple

Temple in the clouds

Stop number two was the Chinese Martyr’s Memorial Museum. The museum outlines the history of the KMT army in the region as well as community development in the area over more recent years. It was quite interesting and there were enough English signs to understand the gist of things.


Chinese Martyr’s Memorial Museum

The next two stops were at hill tribe villages. These were in no way set up as tourist stops. In the first we watched the villagers husking corn and in the second we just went for a little walk up and down the track. Nobody really paid us any attention.

little boy

Village boy

After the villages it was on to a tea plantation. We were there just as the tea pickers were coming in from the fields for their lunch break.

colourful tea pickers

Tea picking

After one more stop for a view we were dropped back to the guesthouse in time for lunch. We found a few good places to eat in Mae Salong. The best coffee was at Eight by Poosalong who also did pretty good food and had free wifi too. We also had coffee at Sweet Maesalong which had a fabulous setting but was not quite as good as Poosalong.

not a bad view

Sweet Maesalong view

For dinner we ate one night at our guesthouse which did Yunnan style food and was pretty yummy. The other two nights we ate just across the road at Xin Dao Bakery. They had delicious Thai food, free wifi and, as we discovered on the last day, very good banana muffins.

In spite of the rain we had a great few days in Mae Salong. It didn’t really feel like Thailand at all with the cool weather and abundance of Chinese signs and food. Lots of people visit Mae Salong on day trips from Chiang Rai but I’d really recommend a longer visit if you’re ever in the area!

From Mae Salong we were off to the border for a visa run.


3 Responses to “Misty Mae Salong”

  1. 1 Sharon @ Where's Sharon? November 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Sounds fabulous! You are giving me lots of places in Thailand that I need to add to my travel list. I’m not sure if this is a good or a bad thing lol

  2. 2 Bronwyn Joy @ Journeys Of The Fabulist November 1, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Definitely sounds like a good place to head for with the kids. We are always after somewhere a little cooler, too.

  1. 1 List 47/52 – Family Accommodation in Thailand | The places we go Trackback on November 24, 2013 at 2:44 am

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