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Ban Mae Sat Community in Chiang Rai, Thailand

The name of this community comes from the local “Sat” trees which grow along Mae Sat River – with “Ban” meaning “house” in Thai. The river nourishes this community and is also home to a fish spa where people come to relax. There are many activities awaiting visitors, but first receive a warm welcome ceremony by the villages. Then, visit local handicraft workshops that make products such baskets and broomsticks. After that take a tour on the farming tractor to the organic farm and observe many farming and planting activities.

Later, take a walk along the bamboo bridge or “Kua Tae” in the native language, explore the 100-year-old Ton Ngiew, listen to folk music, and visit the “Akha Community” where neighbors will welcome you with “Assam tea” – freshly roasted and served in a bamboo cup. Finally, end your adventure at the shop to buy “Kanom Pard” – rice stewed with sugar cane syrup, a local dessert which is hard to find, as well as other agricultural products and souvenirs.

How to get there:

By bus

  • get on the Transport Co., Ltd. (Bus 999) from Mo Chit 2 Bus Station and get off at Mae Suai Parking Lot. Although there is no direct train to Chiang Rai, travellers can travel from Bangkok Station Hua Lamphong to Chiang Mai Station or Lampang Station, then take the bus or hire a car service to the community.

By plane

  • Thai Air Asia, Nok Air, Thai Smile, Bangkok Airways, Thai Lion Air and Viet Jet Air offer direct flights to Chiang Rai province. Available car service rental companies include Chiang Rai Taxi Cooperative, Avis, Hertz Rental Car, National Rental Car and Thai Rental Car.

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