Doi Mae Salong
is the site of Santi Khiri village, a community settled by remnants of the former Chinese 93rd Division who moved from Myanmar to Thai territory since 1961. Today it is a major tourist attraction with its small town ambience on high hills, delicious native Chinese dishes and small hotels and guesthouses catering to visitors. During December – February, the hills are alive with pinkish Sakuras.
To reach it, take the Chiang Rai- Mae Chan route for 29 kilometres, then turn left and proceed on for another 41 kilometres (passing a hot spring). The return trip can be undertaken on routes no. 1234 and no. 1130 which wind through Yao and Akha villages. From Doi Mae Salong a road leads to Ban Tha Ton, the starting for the Kok River cruise, a distance of 45 kilometres.