08. Doi Mae Salong
E X C U R S I O N S C H I A N G R A I
Departure: 8:00 am from Laluna Hotel
Content: The history of Doi Mae Salong is warlike. After the Communists took over the mainland
of China in 1949, the Nationalist Chinese army was divided into the KMT and the Communist’s.
KMT was forced to escape, and did so through the Yunnan province into north-eastern Burma.
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In 1961 4,000 KMT warriors were given asylum in Thailand and allowed to settle down on the
mountain Mae Salong in the Chiang Rai province. In exchange, they would help the Thai government
to fight the communist infiltration in the area. 1982, the former soldiers were able to start living a
normal civilized life, and they started to cultivate tea and fruits. Today the blossoming fruit trees
have transformed the mountain area into one of Thailand’s finest tourist attractions.
A legacy the KMT warriors carry is Yunnanese – Chinese culture, which makes the
valley even more outstanding. In the village we will visit, there are for example
numerous of teahouses selling authentic Chinese Oolong tea.
From November to January the cherry trees are in full bloom. We will visit the museum The Martyrs'
Memorial; a memorial to the soldiers who died in their battle against communism. We will also walk the
winding road up to the temples and further up to the top of Mae Salong to enjoy the fabulous view.
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Back home: Back in Chiang Rai around 15:00 pm
Cost: 1,500 Bath. Transfer, guide and lunch are included in the price.
Remember: It can be cold in the mountains in the morning. Bring long-sleeved shirt and good shoes.