Doi Mae Salong – land of rice terraces and tea plantations

The Mae Salong Peak in Chiang Rai is another well-known mountain destination. Snow-covered hillsides with stunning Wild Himalayan Cherry blossoms on both sides are an unforgettable sight in winter. Tourists from all over the world, as well as locals, flock to the area. It’s like a fantasy when we stand there and take in the breathtaking views of nature and the cool, refreshing wind that caresses our cheeks. It’s no surprise that Chin Haw, a group of Chinese immigrants to Thailand from Yunnan province, chose this spot for their new home. Chin Haw’s livelihood is based on the cultivation of tea and winter-season vegetables. In addition, “Oolong Tea” is a remarkable tea yield that is well-known across the tea world.

Doi Mae Salong is also infused with Chinese culture and heritage, as seen by the costumes and cuisine. A fantastic complement to Doi Mae Salong’s mouthwatering trademark dish is its Yunnan Stewed Pork Ham served on a large platter with Mantou (a Chinese steamed bun).

Doi Mae Salong’s knowledge

Located in Mae Fa Luang district, Chiang Rai, Doi Mae Salong is the home of Santikhiri Village in Mae Salong Nok. In Myanmar, in a hamlet of the 93rd Division of the Republic of China Army’s migrant workers, there are two factions. Chiang Mai’s 3rd Battalion was the first to establish themselves in the Fang area. As a contrast, the 5th Battalion of the Thai Army took up residence in Chiang Rai’s Mae Salong Nok hamlet. Doi Mae Salong is currently a well-known tourist destination in Chiang Rai and one of Thailand’s greatest locations for tea plantations. Doi Mae Salong’s peak season is from the beginning of January to the end of March, when the Wild Himalayan Cherry or better known locally as “Siamese Sakura Blossom” blooms all over the hill.

Doi Mae Salong’s weather

Doi Mae Salong’s year-round agreeable temperature makes it a great destination for tourists, whether they arrive in the winter to get a glimpse of the Cherry Blossoms or in the rainy season to experience the sea of fog and fall in love with the mountain’s lush greenery. However, Doi Mae Salong’s typical temperature ranges from 15 to 20 degrees Celsius. December and January are the coldest months, with lows of 4–6 degrees Celsius at night. The warmest month is April, when daytime temperatures range from 25 to 32 degrees Celsius. Temperatures range from 15 to 20 degrees Celsius between June and November at Doi Mae Salong.

The best time to visit Doi Mae Salong is between November and January, when the temperature is chilly and the scenery is stunning.

Doi Mae Salong’s most popular events are listed below.

Doi Mae Salong hosts a number of traditional events and festivals during which visitors to Mae Salong may get a taste of the region’s distinct and unusual way of life and culture. Among the most noteworthy events are:

First, the Martyrs’ Monument

To honor the Kuomintang (KMT) troops who lost their lives against communism in Chiang Rai province’s Doi Luang, Doi Khao, and Doi Pha Mon mountain ranges from 1971 to 1985, and at Khao Ya terrain in Phetchabun province in 1981, a monument has been erected in the town of Santikhiri. Numerous KMT troops lost their lives or were gravely wounded while serving in the field. In order to honor HM King Bhumiphol, the Thai government at the time offered permission for those troops to become Thai citizens on his behalf. So they were exceedingly thankful and appreciative of King Rama IX’s graciousness.

While the outside of the Martyrs’ Memorial was planned and erected in Chinese style, the museum inside has exhibits on the history of Mae Salong, the KMT, and their efforts and dedication to Thailand’s colonization. In addition, a library has been established to house all of the relevant proof and evidence so that future generations and fascinating individuals might benefit from it. And a picture exhibition showcasing the history of Doi Mae Salong’s surroundings and vital artefacts. It is open daily from 8am to 5pm for guests who pay THB20 (Thai baht) or THB50 (foreign baht).

With an elevation of 1,500 meters above sea level, Doi Mae Salong’s most notable pagoda is perched atop the mountain. Phra Boromathat Chedi Srinagarindra Sathitmahasantikhiri is easily accessible by devotees and tourists alike because to a well-maintained pavement about four kilometers from the hamlet of Santikhiri. The Princess Mother’s memorial pagoda was constructed in 1996 and dedicated to HRH Princess Srinagarindra. Contemporary Lanna art is arranged in decreasing order on the square-shaped platform of the sacred edifice. Approximately 15 meters wide on each side, the 30-meter chedi is decorated with grey porcelain. Pagoda fronts have three arches, and Buddhas stand at four corners of the stupa. The gold leaves and etched embellishments adorn the bell-shaped portion. A Lanna-style preaching hall is right next to the main pagoda. Atop Doi Mae Salong, the greatest place to admire the mountain’s stunning scenery is the magnificent pagoda’s enshrinement position. It is possible to state that Phra Boromathat Chedi Srinagarindra Sathitmahasantikhiri is the defining feature of this mountainous tourist site.

Another well-known holy location is revered by the people. Mae Salong district’s ethnic minorities collaborated to build a grand pagoda that was presented to HM late King Rama IX on November 5, 2006, in honor of 60th Anniversary Celebrations of King Bhumiphol Adulyadej’s Accession and 80th Birthday Anniversary of King Bhumiphol Adulyadej, who was crowned in 1946. The locals revere the revered Buddha figure that is within.

Doi Mae Salong, the last resting place of General Tuan Shi-wen.

Children of the KMT may visit a pagoda-like mausoleum on a mountaintop to learn about the life and legacy of General Tuan Shi-wen, the commander of the troops that departed Yunnan. Shiwan Khamlue is the general’s Thai name. The Chinese character for “Tuan” is written in gold on a blue backdrop on the hillside in front of the tomb.

According to reports, the site’s elevation of 1,300 meters makes it an ideal vantage point for taking in the village’s whole landscape. General Tuan is claimed to have picked out this home for himself while he resided there. According to the general’s remark, “the reason why I picked this property is because the hamlet of Santikhiri is hugged by this valley.” There’s a tale behind this, however. When I am gone, this site will be like my arms and back to protect my children and the citizens of this community from any dangers “as if I am no longer here”.

Enjoy a cup of Oolong Tea at Doi Mae Salong and go around the tea farm.

When it comes to a journey to Doi Mae Salong, tourists should not miss the opportunity to sample some of Thailand’s best teas and see a traditional Chin Haw tea ceremony in action. A cup of hot Oolong while watching the cherry blossoms fall from the tree in the pleasant winter weather would be a dream come true, especially in the winter season. It would, in our opinion, be one of the most memorable experiences of your journey.

There are around 2 million tea plants on hundreds of rai of tea plantation in the hamlet of Santikhiri, making it a major commercial crop. Santikhiri Village is, unsurprisingly, a full-scale tea producer, with a tea plantation, a tea processing facility, and a slew of tea stores along the village’s main road. Oolong Tea is, nevertheless, the most popular tea in Doi Mae Salong, because to its particular fragrance and the way it is consumed by the Yunnanese. Visitors are invited to enjoy tea at any of the many tea houses in Taipei, including the well-known Tea Plantation 101, the Wang Put Tan Tea, the General Tuan Tea House, and many more. As a bonus, guests may see the process of planting and harvesting tea.