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The tiny village of Mae Na Chon lies in a scenic valley some 30 kms north of Mae Chaem on route 1263 (enroute to Khun Yuam). The village lies to the north west of Doi Inthanon, and Mae Na Chon is surrounded by Karen villages and some very remote, rarely visited and picturesque scenery.

There's only one option for accommodation, but it's a good one, and though much smaller than Mae Chaem, Mae Na Chon does have a trekking and rafting operator so providing a great opportunity to trek in areas that see far fewer tourists than the better known trekking centres. In high season Yai (see accommodation section for contact details) runs an unusual three day two night trek to the summit of Doi Inthanon (Thailand's highest peak). It is also possible to organise rafting trips on the river than runs by Mae Na Chon.

At the southern exit to the village, on the road out to Mae Chaem, is a gem of a spot combining; coffee shop, homestay, camping, guesthouse and trekking operator, all in the single convenient package. There are plenty of signs on the way into the village and the coffee shop/guesthouse -- a large teak building -- lies just to the side of the road. (Though note there are actually surprisingly two coffee shops in this tiny village.)

All in all, this is a small, hidden away hamlet kind of a place, but if you're looking for somewhere off the banana pancake trail, Mae Na Chon certainly qualifies.

Text and/or map last updated on 4th November, 2009.

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