Getting lost around Mae Salong (northern Thailand)

Little girl posing for us around Mae Salong villages, north Thailand.

In the mornings buses of tourists visit the small town of Mae Salong, former opium capital of northern Thailand. In the afternoon there is only a few of us left, eating in the local eateries serving Chinese food. There is unlimited green tea, nice mushrooms to try and dry fruit.

Me in the tea fields basking in the sunshine. Mae Salong, north Thailand.

Tea fields. Mae Salong, north Thailand.


We decided against renting a motorbike (although it’s cheap: 200 B) and do the 16 km circle on foot. It was hot but the path (road) is shady enough. We walked through tribe villages of Akha and Lahu. They have their distinctive head gear and clothing and while there isn’t a lot of people who still dress like this, we saw, very randomly, a couple of older women dressed, not for tourists, but just because.

Akha tribe woman working in her traditional clothing. Mae Salong, north Thailand.

Lady working in her everyday clothes. Mae Salong, north Thailand.


It was getting super hot so we tried, the first time in our trip, to hitchhike! It was an immediate success and we were spared the last 4 km of scorching heat uphill. Phew 🙂

It feels like you could stay forever in this neat little village…

Oh, we stayed in a guesthouse called Shin Sane which was the first hotel in Mae Salong. And we payed 100 B for a room! The joys of budget traveling in northern Thailand:)

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