Ban Hmong (Meo) Mae Sa Mai, Chiang Mai, Thailand

The village Ban Hmong (Meo) Mae Sa Mai is situated in Pong Yang subdistrict, Mae Rim district, just 35 kilometers away from Chiang Mai downtown or approximately an hour’s drive. Take Mae Rim – Samoeng route and make a left turn at KM 12, then proceed for 7 kilometers. Due to the steep gravel road, 4-wheel drive vehicles are required to get an access to the village. Yet parts of the trail need skirting around the hilly terrain. If tranquility and fresh clean air are what you are looking for, the village is just perfect. Some houses are made of wood, while others are made of concrete. Mae Sa Mai is a large community comprising 2 Hmong tribes, namely Hmoong Njua and Hmong Daw. Their lifestyle is somewhat similar, but they are different from each other in terms of occupation, religion, costume, culture and beliefs.

Ban Hmong (Meo) Mae Sa Mai is not only one of the Royal Project Development Centers, but also Chiang Mai’s agro-tourism and learning center. Visitors can observe the villagers’ lifestyle, tradition and culture, as well as the way they earn a living. The locals have carried on their ancestral wisdom of weaving cloth from Cannabis fibers for generations, and they always dress in bright and colorful costumes and accessories. Tourists may have an opportunity to enjoy watching their indigenous performances in special occasions, such as Hmong New Year in early January.

On Mae Rim – Samoeng route, there are numerous resorts and beautifully decorated flower gardens open for visitors. For instant, Mae Sa Valley that is embraced by mountains, Mae Sa Resort which offers a nine-hole golf course, and Kangsadarn Farm where you can enjoy natural waterfall views.

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