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Mae Kampong Route

Located about 50 km northeast of Chiang Mai, and close enough for a day trip, the beautiful village of Mae Kampong is a hidden jewel in the emerald jungles above Rte. 1317. Visitors have a chance to take in the full beauty and bounteousness of Mother Nature: fruit, coffee and tea trees pepper the naturally green and fertile landscape. Although there is no public transport to Mae Kampong the area can be easily reached by motorcycle or car via Mae On or Doi Saket. Mae Kampong is a small, but typical, Northern Thai village. It will instantly feel like you have stepped back in time, with traditional teak homes dotting the nearby mountains and ranges.The local people are some of the friendliest that you will ever encounter, and their welcoming and laidback demeanor will have you feeling at home in no time. 1. Muang On Cave, Ban Sa Ha Khon, Mae On District, Chiang Mai 50130. Muang On Cave is situated in the San Kamphaeng District, about 30km East ofChiang Mainear the Hot Springs. The road leading to Muang-On Cave winds its way up the side of a hill to a small car park. From the car park you have to climb up a steep Naga Serpent stairway, about 180 steps, before reaching the entrance to the cave. The entrance fee is 30THB. Once inside you have several steep staircases going down along with several flat walkways in between. All the way down you will pass by grottos dotted with shrines most of which are lit with fluorescent lights. When you reach the main cavern floor you will see a huge 30 foot long reclining Buddha. Take your time and wander all over the caverns as there are some fascinating sights. 2. San Kampang Hot Spring. About 36km east of Chiang Mai, down a small country lane leading north from Rte 1317 at Mae On, the San Kamphaeng Hot Springs are a delight. Set in a meandering country garden, the hot springs offer public and private bathhouses, massage pavilions and a hot lazy river where you can soak away the tiredness from your calves. You can boil eggs in the hot vents, which emerge from the ground at a scorching 100°C. If you want the full-immersion experience, you can take a dip in the public mineral pool or rent a private bathhouse. 3. Miracle Rock 4. Tarn Tong Water Fall Also known as Sticky Waterfall, as the limestone actually sticks to your feet and allows you to walk up and down the waterfall with rushing water all around. it's majestic and kid friendly, and the waterfalls and path are well kept and beautiful. A great place to get into nature only 45 minutes from Chiang Mai. 5. Teentok Royal Project The Teen Tok Royal Project Development Center seeks to preserve the environment and the natural resourcesin the Mae Ta Krai National Park. The center promotes agricultural tourism, providing tourists with a chance to visit Arabika coffee plantation and Miang gardens. Additionally, many other varieties of edible and ornamental plants and flowers are on display, all of which the tourists can photograph, taste, and buy. If you would like to visit and stay over in the center, it provides accommodation in 3 houses, all of which have a brook flowing in front. Please contact and book in advance with the center directly by calling 0 5322 8524. 6. Pa Num Lod Cave Prepare for a remarkable adventure into an enormous limestone cave with a river which runs through it. Local guides accompany you through several cave chambers before taking a bamboo raft through the main chamber to view 2000 year old coffins. You can feed the fish by purchasing food from the vendors. If you go at sunset, and stand at the cave’s exit, you can witness thousands of swifts entering the cave as bats exit the cave, as they swap places. Beware, bat droppings are smelly. A magnificent cave with a river passing through it. The cave is located about 8km off the main road. 7. The Giant coffee house, Baan Pok village, Huaykaew, Mae On, Chiang Mai province, 50130 Ban Pok Nai, phone: 053-317677 / 086-7762946. Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM. The Giant homestay and coffee shop is a giant treehouse that serves coffee with a jungle view. It easily warrants the 15 minute drive from Chiang Mai: the coffee, atmosphere, view, and coolness of the tree house is worth the time it takes to get there! 8. Flight of the Gibbon, Huai Kaeo, Mae On District, Chiang Mai 50130, phone: 66 53 010 660. Hours: Open 24 hours. Founded in 2007, Flight of the Gibbon is one of the most established and trusted zipline tour operators in Thailand. Located in the beautiful eco-mountain village of Mae Kampong, it includes one of Asia’s longest single ziplines, along with sky bridges, and forest walks suspended high above the valley floor. The safety of visitors is paramount and Ziplining with Flight of the Gibbon is suitable and safe for all ages ranging from children to senior citizens. No special training is required and guests are looked after by highly trained Sky Rangers. 9. Wat Mae Kampong, Mae Kampong, Chiang Mai. Wat Khantha Phreksa is a small temple complex, built in the Northern Thai style, and located on the road to Mae Kampong. It is the only temple in the village and recently a new main building was built, but the old one also still is there. The buildings are completely built from wood. It is a very relaxing place; there are only two monks who take care of the temple. Next to Wat Mae Kampong there is a little stream and even a small waterfall. 10. Mae Kampong Tea Leaf Pillow Center Ban Mae Kampong is famous for its fermented tea leaves, or miang, the northern Thai equivalent of betal nut. Once fermented, the leaves are chewed and produce a slightly euphoric sensation. However, the waning popularity of miang means the locals have branched out into other types of agriculture, including making pillows stuffed with dried tea leaves. Such pillows are aromatic, and have relaxing and therapeutic values. 11. Mae Kampong Water Fall Mae Kampong waterfall is made up of seven separate tiers. The waterfall is especially impressive in the rainy season. Each tier is accessible and it is well worth climbing the stairs to the top for the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. 12. Kew Finn Doi Lan