Touring Chiang Mai
Sa Moeng is the last major village on highway 1269 and nestles into the edge of Mae Sa Valley. This is a world apart from any of the other villages surrounding Chiang Mai that we've seen so far. The mood and atmosphere here is very 'rural Thailand' with no bars and no obvious nightlife. However, the people are friendly and will be genuinely interested in a foreigner who has found his way here. Heads will turn and some people will often whisper 'Farang, farang.' to each other in suprise!
If you hang a right at the main intersection of the village this will take you to past the police station, the village temple, some of the local shops and towards some smaller roads heading into the mountains. There was a resort here, but it was no-one was there! Not even in reception! I could of taken anything I wanted! Of course being an honourable type-of-guy I didn't but it just shows how trusting folks still are out here.
If you turn left at the main intersection you'll pass the local hospital, a small petrol shack (see below picture and its roll-over).
From here on in there's some interesting teak houses and more humble dwellings and then its farms and wilderness.
The local Temple in Sa Moeng
At the heart of the village is the market place.
Rider says: According to one local lady only one farang lives in Sa Moeng!
Getting Back to Chiang Mai
Just follow the signs back to either Mae Rim or Hang Dong and then proceed either south or north respectively.
For this section, thats all for now folks. If you want to explore the sights and surroundings of the Mae Sa Valley further just click on the highlighted text or the maps and menus.
The routes to the destinations have already been photographed by Watch-Rider. They serve as a handy guide and future reference.
Photo-Route Guide: The photos doubled into 'roll-over' pictures; when you move the mouse over it the picture 'rolls-over.'
Listed on the map and below is a list of the destinations and highways around Chiang Mai. Clicking on one of them will bring up information about it and how to get there.
Where to Tour in Chiang Mai Province
Road Lore: Carry your Thai Driving Licence at all times.