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Mae Salong is a mountain top town in northern Thailand known for Oolong tea production. Its location near the Myanmar border and prominent Chinese influence makes it an interesting place to spend some time. We stayed almost a week!
Here are the things we love about Mae Salong:
Getting our own little cottage for $10/night at Shin Sane Guest House. It was chilly enough in the evenings to need a comforter!The friendly, helpful staff.
These inappropriate towel hangers in our bathroom.
Going on sunrise walks. (Okay, just one.)
The bustling morning market around the corner from our guest house.
Trying something new at the market for breakfast every morning.
Spontaneously being invited to and attending a Thai-Chinese wedding.
Spending a day exploring nearby towns and villages by moto. The views are stunning!
Learning about tea by seeing how it is grown, picked, and processed firsthand.
Trying snacks from the local market and 7-11 (Don’t judge us!)
Discovering an abandoned tea themed tourist trap with giant teacups and animals.
The amazing views at sunset from Phra Boromathat Chedi, the temple on the hill.
Visiting the Chinese Martyrs’ Memorial Museum and learning about Mae Salong’s fascinating history.
Mae Salong was part of the Golden Triangle drug trade going on between Burma, Thailand and Laos. Many anti-Communist Chinese soldiers stayed in Mae Salong after they had been stationed there to convince opium growers to switch to growing tea. The history of the town is fascinating!
If you’re heading to northern Thailand, we definitely recommend adding Mae Salong to your itinerary.