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    7-11 convenience store

    by shaofei Written Jan 13, 2007

    Favorite thing: 7-11 convenience store is somewhat the centre of the town in my opinion. You can buy most of the things you need here. However, there is no international payphone here unlike other 7-11 stores in most of Thailand.

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    Still Relatively Pure....

    by kenmerk Updated Feb 7, 2004

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    Karaoke on Tap in Mae Salong...

    Favorite thing: In all, the thing that I like most here was that Mae Salong is one town in Northern Thailand that still has a relatively authentic air about it... No big hotel developments yet, and you still see a more than a few hill tribe people around town. (I'm sure that being so close to the somewhat unstable border area with Burma helps keep down the number of tourist a bit).

    That said, though you can see mass tourism starting to creep out this way. The road into town is now paved, and the bus tourist crowd is starting to make the rounds here from Chiang Rai. Also a few of the signs about town point to tourism development, most omniously this Karaoke place right on the main drap through Mae Salong... . .

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    Chinese Influences

    by kenmerk Updated Feb 7, 2004

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    Chinese Pagoda, Mae Salong

    Favorite thing: With the history of this town, it should come as no surprise that Chinese influences abound here. Most of the houses in town are built more in a Yunnanese style, and as you look around the area, it's not hard to find other remnants of the KMT past here...

    Here in this picture is a Chinese pagoda, which is located in a park up in the hills on the west side of town...

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    Worth the Effort....

    by kenmerk Updated Feb 7, 2004

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    Sunrise over Mae Salong...

    Favorite thing: I have to say that , although I wasn't planning to get up to see the sun rise (Roosters and prayer calls not withstanding) it was definately worth the effort, since the sunrise over the hills surrounding Mae Salong on this particular morning was quite spectacular....

    Here is the view from the top of the hill, with a dragon detail from the paya in the foreground..

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    Ye Olde Hot Springs

    by kenmerk Updated Feb 7, 2004

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    Olde Faithful, Chiang Mai Province...

    Favorite thing: The weather up in Mae Salong can be quite chilly during the winter, so if you are heading here, and you are on a back packer/cold water shower/bunk bed type budget, it might not be a bad idea to stop at the small hot water spring that is on the way from Chiang Rai. This will afford you that one last chance for a hot soak before heading up into the mountains...

    Interesting place, they have a geyser type thing shooting off rottten egg smelling hot spring water in front. (not sure if it is natural, but I didn't hear no pumps running so who knows....)

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    The Road to Mae Salong...

    by kenmerk Written Feb 5, 2004

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    Road Side Scenery...

    Favorite thing: The road to Mae Salong is quite scenic, and now that it is paved it is also quite bearable. It winds up through very pretty mountains scenery and cuts right through two or three hill tribe villages along the way...

    Where once the hills were filled with poppy plants, you are more likely to see tea plantations these days up in these mountains....(though not exclusively, or so I am told...)

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    Morning Market...

    by kenmerk Written Feb 5, 2004

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    Locals at the Morning Market....

    Favorite thing: The nice thing about the morning market here is that it is completely devoid of any tourist hustle. Although I saw maybe two or three foreign backpackers here, 99% of the crowd was just the local mix of Chinese and Hill Tribe people milling about trying to scare up some breakfast...

    In this picture, the Akha lady with the silver beads on her head is actually the customer trying to buy some local vegetables...

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    The Golden Child..

    by kenmerk Updated Feb 5, 2004

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    The Golden Child...

    Favorite thing: While wandering around the outskirts of town I came across this statue of a Golden child, with umbrella and walking stick...

    Its purpose ? I know not, though, who knows, it may have been the inspiration for one of those old mediocre Eddie Murphy pictures..

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    Tourist Market....

    by kenmerk Written Feb 5, 2004

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    Ahka Ladies Sell their Produce in Mae Salong...

    Favorite thing: There is a tourist market that caters to the buses and tourists who day trip out here from Chiang Rai. It is located just at the entrance where the main road comes into town.

    Here many of the hill tribe come down to sell their wares. It seemed to me that the most prominent group was the Akhas.

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    Crop Rotation...

    by kenmerk Written Feb 5, 2004

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    Tea Plantation near Mae Salong...

    Favorite thing: With the big push from the government to stamp out the opium trade up around here, you can see signs that the locals are now trying to diversify their crops.

    One nascent industry which has sprung up over the past few years around Mae Salong is tea leaves. I'm told that the local Chinese people around here have been importing tea plants from their cousins in Taiwan, and are now producing tea for the locals and tourists...

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    Egg McMuffins... (not)

    by kenmerk Written Feb 4, 2004

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    Zhao-fan hau chih, hau chih!!!

    Favorite thing: After sunrise, best to start looking around for a place to eat breakfasts. No McDonalds out here... (yet, anyway, I'm sure that will change, for the worse..) So it looks like you best option is to head back to that morning market at the base of the hill....

    It looked like the most popular options here are Chinese Yunnanese cuisine, which I am pretty fond of anyway. Try the Shi-do-fen with Yo-tao... (Kinda like a hot bean paste over noodles with fried bread)

    Oishii so desu !

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    Morning Stair Master....

    by kenmerk Written Feb 4, 2004

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    Morning Stair Master...

    Favorite thing: The best place to watch the sun rise is the relatively new Buddhist pagoda that has been built on a hill top on the west side of the town. To get here, head up past Shin Sane Guest house, through the morning market area, then straight up hill...

    At the base of the hill is a series of many, many steps that eventually will lead you up to the top....

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    Snooze Button

    by kenmerk Written Feb 4, 2004

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    Mosque behind Shin Sane Guest House...

    Favorite thing: Sorry, that ain't gonna work either... No sooner have you started to fall back asleep, when the local mosque starts blasting out the morning call to prayer chanting...

    Seems that you probably have no choice in Mae Salong but to get up early, so you might as well get up and watch the sun rise....

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    Morning Call...

    by kenmerk Written Feb 4, 2004

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    Mae Salong Morning Call...

    Favorite thing: Whether you like it or not you will be getting that 5 AM morning call, the old fashioned way... The roosters started cuckcoo-ing in Mae Salong early and often...

    You can try to take counter measures by burying your head in the pillow...

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    Old Habits Die Hard....

    by kenmerk Written Feb 2, 2004

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    Local Hill Tribers selling Poppy Seed..

    Favorite thing: Well, Mae Salong and its environs were once the stomping grounds of the rich and famous KMT drug war lords, you know, Khun Sa and his boys...

    While the current government is trying hard to clean up the drug trade, especially up in the Golden Triangle area, I guess old habits die hard...

    Here you can see that poppy seed by the bucket full are still availble at the local market... (and usually where there is smoke, there is fire...)

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