Doi Mae Salong is a mountain in northern Thailand with an elevation reaching 1,800 meters. The stunning scenery and cooler temperatures make it a popular retreat for Thais and tourists alike with activities such as mountain trekking, visiting hill-tribe villages, and touring tea plantations.
Nestled near the mountain is the village of Mae Salong (officially known as Santikhiri, meaning "hill of peace") which offers accommodations to suit all budgets. The village was originally settled by anti-communist exiles from China who were granted asylum by Thailand. The Chinese influence can still be sensed in the town's language and food.
Doi Mae Salong is located about 70 kilometers northeast of Chiang Rai near the border with Myanmar. The winding mountain roads are known to make travelers feel queasy, so have some motion sickness pills on hand if you're prone.
The temperature in the mountains around Mae Salong is noticeably cooler than the rest of Thailand – especially during the winter months from December to February – so pack a sweater and long pants.