If you’re looking for a place relatively untouched by tourism, Mae Sariang might just be the friendly, small town for you. Surrounded by mountains, forests and picturesque rice fields, the influence of bordering Myanmar is evident from the Shan (aka Tai Yai) architecture, local cuisine and traditional dress often worn by the women. With a number of guesthouses perched on the edge of the Yuam River, Mae Sariang is the perfect place to just relax and enjoy the scenery whilst imagining you have been taken back in time.
- Ride a bicycle down quiet streets, alongside the Yuam river and through the countryside to get a feel for the local vibe.
- Climb the steps to visit Wat Phra That Chom Mon (one of four significant temples in Mae Sariang) for a magnificent view of the town and surrounding countryside.
- Enjoy an evening drink at Ching Ching Cafe , an old wooden house decorated with a vast array of vintage finds. Locals are usually very welcoming offering you to pull up a chair.
- If you’re interested in ethnic textiles, you can find a Karen weaving shop on Laengpanich street heading North from the town centre. This cute wooden shop has a massive variety of handwoven products made by Karen women in surrounding villages.
From Chiang Mai you can take a bus or minivan from Arcade Bus Station. There are usually five departures per day and the journey takes 4 – 5 hours.