Doi Mae Salong

DavidFL

Administrator
Staff member
Jan 16, 2003
12,343
2,729
113
67
Chiang Khong
www.thegtrider.com
Just in from a crisp overnighter in Doi Mae Salong with madam in her car on a night off from singing.
Happy go lucky loves the cool air & was absolutely enthralled by the clean mountain air, stupendous views & colours.

Check it out - the roads are clean & "deserted" - before the mad December rush!

Kiu Sataa - Doi Mae Salong
417449379_F5HHS-M.jpg


Doi Mae Salong, deserted road & crystal clear views & sky.
417449330_8UR7o-M.jpg


Madam & her happy little car
417449753_PRnWh-M.jpg


Superb scenery & sky
417449758_4gMTG-M.jpg


417449776_jPGju-M.jpg


The Sweet Mae Salong Bakery is a delightful place for a cuppa 'n cake, hanging off the ridgeline.
417449515_6d5hZ-M.jpg

This joint has a big reputation amongst the Singapore bikers & they all have to stop here! Check it out for yourself.

Happy go lucky was over powered by the views & could not stop the photo requests....
417449504_NRrjX-S.jpg


417449546_zXV85-S.jpg


417449695_L9mkq-S.jpg


417449673_yiiou-S.jpg


417449698_PQsjM-S.jpg


On the way through I was able to ascertain that Hmong New Year is on Dec 27-28 in Huay Luk, north of Chiang Dao. More than likely most Hmong hill tribe villages will be celebrating New Year then, so keep an eye out for it. If not, it should be a month later - look out for it on Jan 27-28 roughly.
"Akha New Year" with the Swing Ceremony has been & gone.

Oh yeah, & we survived the full moon!
 

PICO-PICO

Ol'Timer
Oct 17, 2006
604
0
0
Lucky you, when we went up it was very hazy. Had again hot Chocolate in the Sweet Mae Salong Cafe.

Pico
 

feejer

Ol'Timer
Feb 16, 2007
443
1
18
Hmmm. Must have ridden right past the bakery. Not on the GT loop map. Is is right off the main road through? GPS coords?
 

penetrator

Ol'Timer
Apr 10, 2006
243
0
0
Was up there myself recently on a quick detour between Chiang Rai and Chiang Saen. Fantastic roads and great views, wish I'd of had more time really as I was a bit rushed.

Stopped off at a place beside the road, on the right just before Mae Salong if your going up the mountain from Pasang, the guy who owned it is the son of a Kuomintang soldier and he taught me how to take tea Chinese style. He was a really nice guy and told me all about the history of Mae Salong.

DSC05927.jpg


Mae Salong town itself was a bit of a disappointment for me in comparison to the great drive and scenery you encounter getting to it.

Anyway a few pics from the drive up and down there:

DSC05884.jpg


DSC05937.jpg


DSC05934.jpg
 

DavidFL

Administrator
Staff member
Jan 16, 2003
12,343
2,729
113
67
Chiang Khong
www.thegtrider.com
Just a few happy snaps from Doi Mae Salong with madam a few weeks ago, before Laos.

Shine Sane Guesthouse
460591653_rPVBN-S.jpg

460591645_p9dMx-S.jpg


Little Home Guesthouse
460591655_dKbaP-S.jpg


The morning market for breakfast
460591632_8ZBbe-S.jpg


460591639_8ABod-S.jpg


Clean air & light
460591678_sjQkZ-S.jpg


The Chinese Soldiers Martyr Museum has an excellent history of the KMT in Thailand, with photos. Well worth checking out; especially if you are unaware of their use as troops by the Thai govt. to attack & defeat the communists in several battles in Thailand.

460591726_aox4G-S.jpg


460591714_HZuNL-S.jpg


460591744_DfiSV-S.jpg


460591748_MQA3y-S.jpg


460591756_y4XiZ-S.jpg


460591760_bWAc5-S.jpg


460591766_At7fg-S.jpg


Last but not least, happy go-lucky with one of Doi Mae Salong's mega-stars.
460591685_7YXVw-M.jpg

Photo taken outside the Sweet Mae Salong Bakery.
 

ron

Active Member
Jun 16, 2007
32
0
0
sweet , ... , i mean the cake at sweet maesalong


stop at shin Shane Gh , very charmant and funny , good english speaking owner , ofcourse very good food also
 

DavidFL

Administrator
Staff member
Jan 16, 2003
12,343
2,729
113
67
Chiang Khong
www.thegtrider.com
608713257_q4DzA-S.jpg

An absolutely superb cappuccino at the Sweet Mae Salong Bakery enjoyed by Jack et al.....Rhodie, Silverhawk & Davidfl.
Thursday 3oth July 2009
en route to Thoed Thai & Khun Sa's old camp / museum.
 

Rhodie

Ol'Timer
Mar 5, 2006
847
3
18
Davidfl wrote:
608713257_q4DzA-S.jpg

An absolutely superb cappuccino at the Sweet Mae Salong Bakery enjoyed by Jack et al.....Rhodie, Silverhawk & Davidfl.
Thursday 3oth July 2009
en route to Thoed Thai & Khun Sa's old camp / museum.
Sweet Maesalong is easily the best cofee shop in Northern Thailand,
with Charoen remaining unassailed in its supremacy on cheescakes.

A Creme Brulee to RIDE for...

557822302_c6pom-M.jpg

I'm alright Jack!
 

DavidFL

Administrator
Staff member
Jan 16, 2003
12,343
2,729
113
67
Chiang Khong
www.thegtrider.com
Still catching up: a few more snaps from Doi Mae Salong & Ho's Shin Sane guesthouse..
Photos from 28th August

Happy Ho (Ho Ho)
653441881_t7NC7-S.jpg


The bungalows
653441308_LCahG-S.jpg

653446477_AtoYp-S.jpg
653446795_o38c9-S.jpg
653447025_HU8zy-S.jpg


Ho's got a new diner across the driveway, & in one of the best spots in Doi Mae Salong for watching the world pass by.
653441603_cqYaq-S.jpg


A Shin Sane noodle special "fit for a captain"
653442405_34Dwh-S.jpg


Happy go lucky & Doi Mae Salong views
653445657_STMCn-S.jpg

653445882_cXPc3-S.jpg


653448280_i7FrR-S.jpg
653440870_e4TqZ-S.jpg


Doi Mae Salong is famous for its tea
653445464_THXrp-S.jpg

653445128_29F7H-S.jpg

653448048_VeDWc-S.jpg


Here's how to have it served
654098231_uU9ee-S.jpg


Mae Salong is also famous for its fruit
654097923_rPxwV-S.jpg


Ho does not have a GT Rider mortgage on the Doi Mae Salong accommodation & there's a beauty right next door: Little Home
653442080_pp9V5-S.jpg


653442670_gd5w9-S.jpg


653444763_NEhcR-S.jpg


653444453_PLY74-S.jpg


The bungalows are beautiful, fresh & clean
653442901_mtoDj-S.jpg


653443145_gQ8LQ-S.jpg


653443367_QcHCj-S.jpg


653443654_tMXgk-S.jpg


653444118_ihkcm-S.jpg


Next full moon is 2nd or 3rd October which is time for the Chinese Moon Cake Festival & Doi Mae Salong will be a great place to go.

From Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-Autumn_Festival

The Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Festival, or in Chinese, Zhongqiu Jie (traditional Chinese: 中秋節), is a popular harvest festival celebrated by Chinese people and Vietnamese people (even though they celebrate it differently), dating back over 3,000 years to moon worship in China's Shang Dynasty.[1][2] It was first called Zhongqiu Jie (literally "Mid-Autumn Festival") in the Zhou Dynasty.[3] In Malaysia and Singapore, it is also sometimes referred to as the Lantern Festival or Mooncake Festival.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is usually around mid or late September in the Gregorian calendar. It is a date that parallels the autumn and spring Equinoxes of the solar calendar, when the moon is supposedly at its fullest and roundest. The traditional food of this festival is the mooncake, of which there are many different varieties.

The Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the two most important holidays in the Chinese calendar, the other being the Chinese New Year, and is a legal holiday in several countries. Farmers celebrate the end of the summer harvesting season on this date. Traditionally, on this day, Chinese family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat moon cakes and pomeloes together. Accompanying the celebration, there are additional cultural or regional customs, such as:

Eating moon cakes outside under the moon
Putting pomelo rinds on one's head
Carrying brightly lit lanterns, lighting lanterns on towers, floating sky lanterns
Burning incense in reverence to deities including Chang'e (simplified Chinese: 嫦娥; traditional Chinese: 嫦娥; pinyin: cháng'é)
Planting Mid-Autumn trees
Collecting dandelion leaves and distributing them evenly among family members
Fire Dragon Dances
Shops selling mooncakes, before the festival, often display pictures of Chang'e floating to the moon.


Mr. Ho at Shin Sane guesthouse will be putting on a big show & invites any GT Riders to Doi Mae Salong for the event.
 

DavidFL

Administrator
Staff member
Jan 16, 2003
12,343
2,729
113
67
Chiang Khong
www.thegtrider.com
The Chinese Moon cake festival & show at Shin Sane in Doi Mae Salong

The BBQ gang cooking up a storm
img_6495.jpg


img_6497.jpg


img_6496.jpg


The diners
img_6490.jpg


There were lots of them - Thai & farang.
img_6491.jpg


img_6493.jpg


These young Akha guys ate enough for a week.
img_6498.jpg

It was absolutely incredible watching them scoff so much food down!

But it was all free compliments of Mr Ho at Shin Sane Guesthouse.

And the moon cakes?
img_6453.jpg

img_6454.jpg


img_6452.jpg


Spirit Offerings
img_6450.jpg

img_6451.jpg


Not quite as exciting as anticipated, but the dining out was free, the weather was glorious, plus it was good company with happy go-lucky on a night off.

Now the find of the trip was Miss Joyce at the Ban Bon Doi Cafe
img_6480.jpg


Joyce's place is just next to the 7-11 in town & opposite the Mae Salong Central Hill Hotel, so it is not difficult to find
img_6481.jpg


Joyce has been living in Doi Mae Salong 4 months & used to run a small cafe & cookery school in Moon Muang Soi 6, Chiang Mai. She is now very happily ensconced in Doi Mae Salong with a cute little restaurant the Ban Bon Doi.
img_6485.jpg


img_6484.jpg


img_6482.jpg


Joyce speaks fluent English, and has travelled in Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia + Thailand. She's a smart lady with some worldly experience under belt & is absolutely wonderful to chat to.
Monday nights she teaches English for free in an Akha village just up the road. Join in for the fun. Joyce can also organize home stays in the Akha village if you’re looking for that real cross cultural experience. Check out Joyce & her Ban Bon Doi restaurant out the next time you're in Doi Mae Salong! And you could try one of her cooking classes as well - an interesting experience in Doi Mae Salong.
 

DavidFL

Administrator
Staff member
Jan 16, 2003
12,343
2,729
113
67
Chiang Khong
www.thegtrider.com
Just a note for Sweet Mae Salong Bakery:
675192805_ZWy6S-S.jpg


Ton & Mee are back after a month in Bangkok where Mee did a new bakery course, so expect even better cakes & pies at Sweet Mae Salong.

Such as
675192682_nQXDd-S.jpg
675192661_8H47c-S.jpg


675192674_vS725-S.jpg
675192640_U8dbs-S.jpg


And a perfect coffee to match
675192473_vqqDg-S.jpg
675192371_hCiqr-S.jpg
675192493_6Fp6V-S.jpg


Plus the view
675192770_uXXAi-S.jpg


any time of day
675192322_V99Ai-S.jpg


Don't go past Sweet Mae Salong Bakery without partaking. It's worth it everytime!
 

David Learmonth

Ol'Timer
Apr 23, 2006
513
15
18
Thankyou for the info.
I was beginning to suspect the worst!
Glad they are still open & will probably be there next Wednesday 14th Oct..
 

David Learmonth

Ol'Timer
Apr 23, 2006
513
15
18
Called in at BanBonDoi cafe today as planned!
Well worth a visit. The food was excellent & reasonably priced. Miss Joyce is a very welcoming host & does indeed speak excellent English. Will be calling there again for sure!
 

pee

Ol'Timer
Mar 10, 2006
214
1
18
Adding a few bit and pieces of info to the Doi Mae Salong file...
The place gets quite busy in December and one understands why:
2.jpg


We were there during the week; and before the 5th December week-end. By 4 p.m. "Little Home" and "Shin Shane" guest-houses were already full.
Friendly Khun Somboon (from Little Home) offered to call a place a bit outside town. Good choice if you like it quiet and peaceful.
"Maesalong Mountain Home". View from dinner area:
ViewFromMSFarmStayDiningArea.jpg

MaeSalongMountainHome2.jpg


It could be a bit confusing getting there as the place bears two different names: "Maesalong Mountain Home" and "Mae Salong Farm Stay"... Anyway, along the way signs are only Thai script but easy to spot: orange in color.
MaeSalongMap.jpg


However no doubt about the main activity in the area
TeaPot.jpg


Mae Salong by night... Only Thai Military Bank neon sign challenges full moon
FullmoonDMS.jpg


Special thanks to David and his yummy tip about Sweet Mae Salong Bakery
ThanksDavidforsweettipoff.jpg


The Chinese Martyrs' Memorial Museum deserves more than a digestive walk. The place is full of information and pictures
DMSChineseSoldiersMuseum.jpg


Although times have changed it 's very well taken care of
Seriouscleaningjob.jpg

MaeSalongChinessoldiermuseum.jpg


Before leaving the area those who like history shouldn't miss Khun Sa Museum in Thoed Thai, about 20 km from Mae Salong (roads 1234 and 3051).
The display isn't as impressive as the Chinese Soldiers one but it got an intimist atmosphere, located within Khun Sa Old Camp (sign posted from Thoed Thai center). A family leaving there opened the museum when we turned up.
KhunSaOldCamp.jpg

A lot of pictures and information have been gathered there:
KhunSaspeakingtoayoungfighter.jpg


And The Man saddle
TheManSaddle.jpg


The Man press book
TheManPressBook.jpg


About Shan States history and ethnic groups too
ShanFighter.jpg
 

DavidFL

Administrator
Staff member
Jan 16, 2003
12,343
2,729
113
67
Chiang Khong
www.thegtrider.com
A recent news story on Doi Mae Salong by Andrew Spooner

SWORDS INTO TEACUPS

October 1949 and deep in the hills of Chinese Yunnan, a battle had been raging for days. The 93rd Division of the Kuomintang (KMT) Army, cut off from defeated Chinese Nationalist Chiang Kai-shek’s main force, is fighting a fierce rearguard action against Chairman Mao’s all conquering Red Army. Between the 93rd and safety stands the Yuan Jiang River.

‘We lost thousands of soldiers and civilians trying to get across that river,’ says 55-year-old ex-KMT colonel Somboon Aimvitayakun, ‘but we made it across and escaped into Burma.’ Although Somboon wasn’t even born at that time, his father, Jang Pong Gow, who went on to become a KMT general, was there, a close adviser to commanding officer General Tuan Shi-wen. ‘This battle was our proudest moment,’ says Somboon.

To read the full story go to
http://www.cnntraveller.com/2009/07/14/ ... o-teacups/

News story by Andrew Spooner
Link removed
 

DavidFL

Administrator
Staff member
Jan 16, 2003
12,343
2,729
113
67
Chiang Khong
www.thegtrider.com
Another plug for Sweet Mae Salong Bakery

Scotty007 before brekky
doi-mae-salong_149.jpg


doi-mae-salong_150.jpg


Breakfast for the David Unk
doi-mae-salong_152.jpg


Breakfast for Scotty007
doi-mae-salong_151.jpg

and indeed the Devil's cake is an absolute winner. Unfortunately the GT Rider happy snap does not do it any justice whatsoever, but I have to admit partaking of a double portion a week ago too!!

Happy go-lucky was impressed with their pet dog
doi-mae-salong_153.jpg


Across the road from Sweet Mae Salong there's a beautiful new guesthouse open with some superb rooms.
doi-mae-salong_154.jpg

They also have lots of parking for big bikes, so check it out on your way into Doi Mae Salong.
 
Last edited:

DavidFL

Administrator
Staff member
Jan 16, 2003
12,343
2,729
113
67
Chiang Khong
www.thegtrider.com
Doi Mae Salong - The Landslide October 2010.

After 3 days of heavy rain, there was a small but significant landslip at Doi Mae Salong & The Central Hill Hotel, along with a few adjoining buildings, is no more.

img_9808.jpg


The location straight opposite the 7-11 in DMS
img_9824.jpg


img_9813.jpg


What's left of the Mae Salong Central Hill Hotel
img_9817.jpg


img_9828.jpg

not much.

The slip occurred over several days & was not a one-off big bang drop.

The Mae Salong Central Hill Hotel before
img_6454.jpg


Contrary to wild rumours, the road has not been closed & it is business as usual in DMS.
Go & check it out.

NOW something else Well worth checking out....

ROOM WITH A VIEW
img_9979.jpg


img_9974.jpg
img_9975.jpg


Where:
img_9983.jpg

Baan Hom Muen Lee

Opposite Sweet Mae Salong Bakery
img_9953.jpg
 

TonyBKK

Ol'Timer
Dec 27, 2007
3,854
11
38
Wow! Pretty crazy to see the entire building slide like that!

Glad this thread got a bump as I've not yet been to Doi Mae Salong and it's definitely on my short list. Understand it's crazy-busy over the holidays? Will try to hit it either before or after the rush then.

Happy Trails!

Tony
 

Dougal

Ol'Timer
Dec 18, 2007
536
0
0
Went to DMS December last year with Marco and Dave & Mai. Tried staying in Shin Sane GH but it and the ones near it were full so we stayed at that very hotel, in the back rooms. Makes you think huh?

I thought it was a really lovely peaceful little town and getting there and away is beautiful on those roads. Last year came from Fang way and went on to Doi Tung and the Burma border road to Mae Sai. Stunning.
Just another tit bit but the 7/11 is not 24 hours.
.
 

ronwebb

Ol'Timer
Jul 25, 2010
505
4
18
Also the Laos Loi Krathong is October 22-24 for those searching good photo opportunities.
 

Marco

Ol'Timer
Oct 15, 2006
1,690
5
38
54
Khuang Nai
Wow That is scary,,,and knowing that hotel run good day to day operation so casualty figurees must be high,,,

looks it has fallen down abt 1met or so and very strong 1st floor,,but rest of the buiding not so,,David you have pictures from other side? down hill,,,we stay the time right those rooms with downhill view,,,,,
 

DavidFL

Administrator
Staff member
Jan 16, 2003
12,343
2,729
113
67
Chiang Khong
www.thegtrider.com
Marco wrote: Wow That is scary,,,and knowing that hotel run good day to day operation so casualty figurees must be high,,,

looks it has fallen down abt 1met or so and very strong 1st floor,,but rest of the buiding not so,,David you have pictures from other side? down hill,,,we stay the time right those rooms with downhill view,,,,,
Marco
No deaths as far as I know; as I said the slip was "gradual" so they knew it was coming.
The destruction of the buildings is because they've been told to abandon them & knock 'em down, so I guess the owners have attempted to salvage what they can.
But with the rate of development in Doi Mae Salong you’d expect more such incidents in the coming years.
Lack of storm water drainage management.

Check out the photo below.
img_9995.jpg

Look at the incredibly steep driveway going up the hill. No drains will be built & the road will became a flood way to funnel the storm water & cause more flooding / landslides.
 

Marco

Ol'Timer
Oct 15, 2006
1,690
5
38
54
Khuang Nai
Hi David

that is good to know that no casualties,,,

yes that is veery steep hill to climp,,as i look from my window that time and there was just 45dec downhill....

wondering if they gonna do something abt that lack of drainages as it's busy tourist place in some time of the year,,,or is it?