Photo: Big building, big views.

Mae Salong Flower Hills Resort

Mae Salong’s most upmarket address

Route 1234, approx. 2 km east of Mae Salong T: (053) 765 496 F: (053) 765 498

Mae Salong Flower Hills Resort

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Mae Salong Flower Hills Resort is for now the top of the range resort in town in terms of size and standard of accommodation and their rates remain thankfully restrained.

The large resort complex is set on a hillside north of the road, about two kilometres to the east of Mae Salong town centre. With a spectacular, manicured flower garden—almost an attraction in its own right—Flower Hills also comes with coffee shop, the obligatory tea sampling set-up, a spacious restaurant and a good-sized swimming pool. The restaurant terrace and pool are well-positioned affording splendid views across the plantations and valley beyond though with Mae Salong being frequently shrouded in mist or just plain nippy, we’re not sure how many days a year one would use the pool. It looks good though and the views are tremendous.

The pool helps.

The pool helps. Photo: Mark Ord

Accommodation is split between concrete chalets—of which there are small individual ones and more substantial two-storey villas—and rooms in a large four-floor hotel-style block. Most, but not all, have balconies offering equally spectacular views across the valley with rooms without views being their cheaper options.

The interiors are excellent; spacious, well-maintained and well-appointed, with a clean, uncluttered appearance and smart looking wooden furniture. Decor is simple consisting of tiled terracotta floors and the Mae Salong signature ochre shade paint on the walls both inside and out. Rooms come with air-con, cable TV, fridges, minibars, complimentary tea and coffee and of course ensuite hot shower bathrooms though being a large resort WiFi can be hit and miss depending on your room’s location.

There is a large restaurant and bar area and fortunately, since distance from town means they have a captive audience; they don’t assassinate you with the bill. The classic Thai fare with a few northern, Yunnanese and even Western concessions is good quality and they do have an extensive drinks menu. Even if you have worked out a way to get into town for dinner this is still a top spot for an evening sundowner beforehand.

Rooms are spacious is undecorated.

Rooms are spacious is undecorated. Photo: Mark Ord

This leads us on to our main gripe with Flower Hills; location. Nothing much in Mae Salong is within convenient walking distance and you’ll face a fair hike to any market, restaurant or tea shop and even with your own transport it’s a hassle having to drive somewhere just to buy a bag of peanuts or telephone top-up card. The surrounding park-like gardens do isolate (or insulate) it from the surroundings and although that means tranquillity—and you’ll benefit from the aforementioned tea plantation and valley views—we can’t help but feel you’re missing the Mae Salong experience somewhat.

Rates are very reasonable for most months apart from a considerable hike around peak—late December and New Year period—and they do have plenty of rooms on offer. That doesn’t stop it getting busy during high season holidays and weekends with local visitors and tour groups so best to book ahead at busy times. They were a bit vague as to when peak season was and we’re sure even in mid-week in December you could bargain them down or dig up some online discounts.

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Walk-in rates at Mae Salong Flower Hills Resort

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
850 baht
1,000 baht
Peak: 1,800 baht.
Bungalow air-con private bathroom
2,000 baht
2,500 baht
With view. No view: 1,300/1,500 baht.
Family room
2,100 baht
2,600 baht
Room: Standard double room, low season: 850 baht, high season 1,000 baht. Notes: Peak: 1,800 baht.
Room: Bungalow air-con private bathroom, low season: 2,000 baht, high season 2,500 baht. Notes: With view. No view: 1,300/1,500 baht.
Room: Family room, low season: 2,100 baht, high season 2,600 baht. Notes:

Where is Mae Salong Flower Hills Resort

Mae Salong Flower Hills Resort
Route 1234, approx. 2 km east of Mae Salong
T: (053) 765 496 F: (053) 765 498
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º38'42.89" E, 20º9'46.87" N
Room rates: 600B to 1,500B

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