Mae Salong

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Mae Salong has a very interesting history. In the 1940s after the Chinese Civil war, remnants of the losing nationalist army fled to this then remote area of Thailand and set up their own little enclave, supported by Opium production. In the 1980s the Thai government integrated this enclave into Thai society and as part of the process introduced a policy of substituting Opium production for Growing Tea.

Mae Salong is close to Thaton

Get in

By car

Drive on highway 1089 between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The turn off is next to a police station. From here travel about 13km on some of the most amazingly curvy roads imaginable.


  • Excellent Tea. Local and Chinese.
  • Tea sets from China (The same set costs 8x as much in Hong Kong)
  • Chinese candies and fruits.


Chinese Food