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Shorter Mae Salong loop

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Wonderful scenery, varied sites and relatively easy riding make this short version of the Mae Salong loop through the mountains of western Chiang Rai a great trip if you have a couple of days to spare.

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The lengthier Mae Salong loop takes in Chiang Dao, Fang and Tha Ton but this is a shorter, two-day road trip, starting and finishing in Chiang Rai, and including an overnight stay in Mae Salong.

The splendid Wat Muang Khiri. Photo taken in or around Shorter Mae Salong loop, Chiang Rai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

The splendid Wat Muang Khiri. Photo: Mark Ord

It kicks off with an admittedly somewhat dull 30 kilometre stretch along Route 1 to Mae Chan. Just off the main highway, before you reach Mae Chan, is a side track leading to a much touted “Union Hilltribe Village” (Ban Mae Koto). The totally contrived tourist village, established around 2009, is “home” to people from the Kayan (“Long-neck Karen”), Akha, Yao and Hmong groups; an entrance ticket will set a foreign visitor back 300 baht. While we are persuaded that a visit to Kayan villages in Mae Hong Son might be worthwhile, this one is pure ... Travelfish members only (Around 900 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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