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Mae Chan District Route 110

Hilltribe Development & Welfare Centre
Located 15 kilometres along route 110 to Doi Mae Salong, the center supports the local hilltribe settlements. Hilltribe handicrafts, including woven cloth and silverware are on sale.

Mae Fa Luang Sub-district


Doi Mae Salong Route 110, then 1089
After the Communists took over the mainland of China in 1949 a division of Nationalist Chinese army fled through Yunnan Province to the Thai-Burmese border areas. In 1961, some of them were allowed to settle down on a mountain inside Chiang Rai Province called Mae Salong, which then became a Yunnan army base to fight the communist regime in China.
Doi Mae Salong, Chiang Rai
In 1982 after the force was disbanded, the former soldiers began to lead a civilian life. They started growing tea, fruits, and flowering cherry trees, which transformed the mountain into one of Thailand tourist attractions. Another inheritance they received is their Yunnanese-Chinese culture that makes the valley even more outstanding.

Located some 40 kilometres from Mae Chan along route 1089, the village they founded, known as Santi Khiri, soon became well known for its enchanting scenery and tranquil atmosphere. Most of the area is covered with plantations of tea, coffee and fruit trees, especially a traditional Chinese tea, “Oolong” which brings a good reputation to Doi Mae Salong. Oolong tea has a distinctive taste and aroma. Its colour is between green and black. In the village, you will find countless teashops that serve you authentic Oolong tea. The scenery is especially picturesque in December and January when the cherry trees are in full bloom. Scattered with many hilltribe villages, Doi Mae Salong is thus a nice place for trekking.

There are hotels and guesthouses to accommodate tourists and a paved road leading to the village, which is about 60 km. from the provincial town of Chiang Rai.


Doi Tung Area Route 110, then 1149
 
Wat Phra That Doi Tung
Phra That Doi Tung, Chiang Rai
Phra That Doi Tung, Chiang Rai
Located on the mountaintop of Doi Tung (the highest in Chiang Rai) at Km. 17.5 of route 1149, this is a most important place of worship for Buddhists in the North. The temple contains the left collar bone of the Buddha. There, on a clear day, one can have a breathtaking panorama of the forested border areas.

Doi Tung Royal Villa & Mae Fa Luang Garden


Doi Tung Royal Villa
Situated at Km. 12 of route 1149, this beautiful royal residence was built for the late Princess Mother in celebration of her 90th birthday in 1990. The villa is a 2-storey building neatly designed in northern Thai and Swiss chalet styles of architecture. After the Princess Mother passed away, the Palace has continued to draw many visitors to admire its beautiful gardens, especially during the cool season.

Doi Tung Royal Villa, Chiang Rai
Doi Tung is renowned among Thai and foreign tourists as a perfect destination for recreation because of its Switzerland-like environment. Lots of flowers and trees here are of Western species. And the clear mountain air helps refresh visitors. On the mountaintop, a group of buildings constructed to accommodate the Princess Mother's entourage are now being converted into a small, ecological hotel. There's a restaurant which serves food and snacks.
Open :

07.30-17.30 hrs. daily


Mae Fa Luang Garden
Mae Fa Luang Garden, Chiang Rai
This is just in front of the royal villa. Covering a hillside area of about 40 sq.km., this large flower garden also includes a rock garden, a fountain, a palm garden, an ornamental plant section and a handicraft centre. Accommodation is also available.
Call Doi Tung Development Project at 0 5376 7003, 0 5376 7015 to 7.
Open : 07.30-18.00 hrs.daily
Mae Fa Luang Garden, Chiang Rai
Doi Tung Royal Villa and Mae Fa Luang Garden are best visited in winter when the numerous flowers are in full bloom and the forested mountain is verdant.
   
Admission Fee: 150 baht/person*
* including the fees of Doi Tung Royal Villa, the Late Princess Mother's Autobiography Hall and Mae Fa Luang Garden

Viewpoints
There are several scenic viewpoints on Doi Tung mountain; the major points are at Km. 12 and 14.

Hilltribe Villages
Hilltribe Villages, Chiang Rai
Hilltribe Villages, Chiang Rai
On the way to the summit of Doi Tung, there are several hilltribe villages such as those of Akha and Lahu, which are easily accessible. There is also a hilltribe handicrafts centre on Km.14, a good place to buy some souvenirs.

Chiang Rai Attraction List
Cultural Attractions
Wat (Buddhist Temples) 
Wat Klang Wiang
Wat Ngammuang
Wat Pa Sak
Wat Phra Kaeo
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Wat Phra Sing
Wat Phra That Chedi Luang
Wat Phra That Chom Kitti
Wat Phra That Doi Chom Thong
•• Wat Phra That Doi Tung
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Wat Rong Khun
Others 
Chiang Saen National Museum
The Hall of Opium, Golden Triangle Park
Hilltribe Development & Welfare Centre
Hilltribe Villages
King Mengrai Statue
Natural Attractions

Parks

Doi Luang National Park
Khun Kon Waterfall Forest Park
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Mae Fa Luang Garden
Somdet Phra Si Nakarin Park
Doi (Mount)
Doi Mae Salong
Doi Pha Tang
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Doi Tung Area
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Doi Tung Royal Villa
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Phu Chi Fa
Others
Chiang Saen Lake
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Golden Triangle (or Sop Ruak)
Khun Nam Nang Non
Kok River
Tham Pha Chom
Tham (cave) Pum, Tham Pla & Tham Phayanak
Viewpoints

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