Saturday, May 15, 2010

Doi (Mountain) Mae Salong

My cousin's wife prepared for the breakfast. She cooks Chinese porridge and some Thai style dishes. The meal taste yummy, spicy hot and delicious. The Thai way of saying very delicious is 'aloy mak mak'. Short while after breakfast, we proceed for our tour around Chang Rai.
Our first stop is The Doi Mae Salong.

The peak of Doi Mae Salong has an elevation close to 1,800 meters. Many hill resorts, large and small can be seen as we approached the little town on top. Pine trees, Oolong tea plantation and beautiful panorama are everywhere to be seen.

It is said that the origin of the Mae Salong community goes back to 1949. During that time, after the Mao Zedong's communist party victory in China, the defeated KMT army escaped to Taiwan except the 93rd Division. They instead fled to Myanmar (Burma). From there, they were later expelled and granted asylum in Thailand. The 93rd Chinese division settled in Mae Salong and built village right on top of the mountain. As a result, most of the villagers today are ethnic Chinese and direct descendants of the KMT.

We stop for lunch at the Chinese township. I noticed that most of the people there speak fluent Mandarin or also called as 'Pu'dong Hua'. They serve excellent Chinese dishes from Yunnan province. The most popular dish is the 'Red Pork Legs'.

Many Chinese products can be found here especially tea leafs and tea pots. Of course there are other souvenirs too made by the hill tribe people who lived nearby.

After lunch and some shopping along the road stalls, we proceed to our next stop at Wat Rong Kun ( The White Temple )


richies said...

Looks like a great place to visit. Those gardens are incredible.

An Arkies Musings said...

iam taking care to visit China in septembre...and adored to read about...which city is it?
can u say me?

congrats for the shots

Denise said...

I enjoyed this very much, great post and thank you for sharing.

Tammie Lee said...

a wonderful peak into your adventure!

Cath J said...

Wonderful place.. I love their tradition costume.. ^_^

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