Clung on Doi Mae Salong, this small village stretches itself along the crest of the mountain… It offers panoramic views all around, for its position dominates the region. It is the perfect spot for those willing to walk in nature, far from hassle and mass tourism.
History of Mae Salong is linked to opium and Kuomintang... When Mao Tse Tung conquered China in 1949, Chiang Kai-Shek flew to Taiwan with men and goods. But about 12.000 nationalist soldiers stuck in Southern of Yunnan Province had no other way out than crossing Burmese border over and hiding in Shan State jungle.
In the early sixties, American army and CIA backed them with logistic, arms, planes, in several attempts to retake Yunnan from Mao’s army. After all attempts failed, both Americans and Taiwanese moved these soldiers back to Taiwan. But General Tuan Shi-Wen refused to give up his obstinate war against communism and moved with his troop from Burma to Mae Salong.
Without financial resources from Taiwan, Tuan and his men started producing opium on a large scale. These ex KMT soldiers turned into CIF (Chinese Irregular Forces) and under commandment of Tuan, Mae Salong became one of the biggest opium producing spot on earth.
Later in the 1980s, under the impulsion of King Bhummibol, the region started getting roads, and infrastructure… The royal projects were launched and tea trees were brought from Taiwan to the region in order to substitute poppy.
This excursion will bring you back on the steps of Kuomintang soldiers whose descendants are Mae Salong inhabitants. You will discover during this ½ day, gorgeous landscapes, tea plantations, ethnic minorities and an unknown page of History.
08h30 or 13h00 (Morning or afternoon tour) Pick-up at the lobby of your hotel by your English speaking guide and driver – Transfer straight to Doi Mae Salong
- Visit tea fields and a fabric of tea treatment
- Visit of the village and its most beautiful points of view
- Visit the old settlement of former Chinese soldiers of (CIF)
11h30 or 16h30 (Approximately) End of the tour and transfer back to your hotel
12h30 or 17h30 (Approximately) Drop-off at your hotel
Private licensed English speaking guide
A/c private vehicle with licensed driver
All transportation costs (gasoline, highway, parking, etc.)
Water and fresh towels onboard
Meals as mentioned in the program
All entrance fees to visited sites (parks, museums, temples, etc.)
All local taxes, service and vat
Tips to driver and guide
Tips to luggage boys in hotels
Personal expenses and drinks
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