A visit to Doi Mae Salong, elevation 1367 meter above sea level, was part of last summers roadtrip over the mountains from Chiang Mai to Chiang Saen. Doi Mae Salong is to describe it shortly a community settled by the former Kuomintang nationalist forces, the 93rd Division who moved from Myanmar to reside on Thai territory in 1961. The Chinese settlers gradually became cultivators of tea, and now Mae Salong is also a tourist attraction where to enjoy Chinese and Yunnanese food. We tried a new idea this time, to stay in the Akha Mudhouse.
Our hosts are from the Akha ethnic group. They are one of hill tribe groups that originally resided in Yunnan or maybe Tibet. In Thailand there is an estimated population of 80 000 Akhas.
I had noticed this homestay, in the Kuomintang and hill tribes settlement of Mae Salong, many times on Booking.com. So I was curious. At last, we went there, and it was a great experience. The views are breathtaking, the local kantoke/traditional meal for dinner was excellent. (Free flow). The accommodation itself is interesting because you visit a hill tribe, in this case, the Akha people and they welcome you on their terms. Similar to staying at Lisu or Lanjia Lodge here in North Thailand.
You will learn something about their lifestyle, festivals, coffee that they grow and raising pigs. Some of the more confident kids in the village will show you around and practice their English.
When we were staying at the Akha Mudhouse we were the only clients there. It was low season but also just after the lockdown. I do hope they get better business this year, it is such a lovely homestay.
Find them on Google map here.