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Mae Chan

Mae Chan (Thailand)

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2 / 5 - One review
How to get there
45 minutes by bus from Chiang Rai
When to go
From November to May
Minimum stay
One day

Reviews of Mae Chan

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Mae Chan is a small town on the border with Myanmar in the north of Thailand, midway between Chiang Rai and Mae Sai. It is one of the places you pass through when touring the Golden Triangle region.

My suggestion:
Around eight kilometers from the town are the hot springs of Amphoe Mae Chan. These are equipped to receive visitors, and I do recommend going for a nice bathe in the hot waters after a day spent exploring the region!

The town itself did not seem to offer much in the way of interest to me, though it can be a good base from which to explore the Golden Triangle region. For those who enjoy meeting local people when traveling, the mountains around the town are home to members of the Yao and Akha tribes, who farm the slopes of the hills, where the poppies that have traditionally been grown are gradually being replaced by plantations of an excellent kind of tea: Oolong.

So it seemed pointless to me to spend too long in this town: better to hit the road again quickly and head off to explore and discover the various wonders to be found inthe region. As I arrived at Chiang Rai, not long before entering Mae Chan, I really liked the perspective you get of the Nang Non mountain, also know as the "mountain of the sleeping lady". The view really is worth seeing.

Tea plantation in the vicinity of Mae Chan