Mae Chaem, located 150 km from Chiang Mai, is a small town on the slopes of the Doi Inthanon Mountains and surrounded by small natural parks where the typical mountainous landscape of the region blends with rugged rice terraces that shape the view.
Mae Chaem is a quiet town, mostly inhabited by the Hmong people, who live from agriculture and the production of jok handicrafts, typical fabrics used by this ethnic group.
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DISCOVER MAE CHAEM, ITS TEMPLES, WATERFALLS AND RICE TERRACES
The main activities to do would be the following:
WHAT TO DO IN MAE CHAEM
Visiting the rice terraces of Ban Pa Pong Piang: Without a doubt the biggest tourist attraction in the area is visiting the small town of Ban Pa Pong Piang and its incredible rice terraces, considered together with Mu Cang Chai the best in all of Thailand.
Visit the Wat Phrao Num: With its black lacquered wood exterior this temple is worth a visit. Like the rest of the temples in the area it is small and familiar. Its interior contains one of the most revered Buddha figures in the city.
Visit the Wat Yang Luang: The most important temple, the oldest in the area and venue for the annual Buddhist festival of Jula Katin. The temple is located between rice fields as a protector of the important harvest. It stands out for the great murals that decorate its exterior and for a sacred white stone with more than 500 years of antiquity that lodges in its interior decorated with images of Buddha.
Mae Pan Waterfalls: Located only 16 km from Mae Chaem in the direction of Doi Inthanon is the Mae Pan waterfall, the highest fall in all of Chiang Mai, over 100 m.
Visit the waterfall of Huay Sai Lueng: Located very close to the waterfall of Mae Pan stands out for its 2 impressive jumps.
To visit the artisan factories of production of jok: Mae Chaem is famous by its artisan production of typical weaves or jok.
HOW TO GO TO MAE CHAEM
To get to Mae Chaem by public transport, you will have to go by bus from Chiang Mai (Chang Puak Station) to the town of Chom Thong (2 ? hours) and from there take another local bus or songthaew to Mae Chaem (1 ? hours).
The best and most comfortable way to get there is by rented motorcycle, either from Chiang Mai itself or from the Mae Hong Son area.
WHERE TO SLEEP IN MAE CHAEM
Mae Chaem has a small but very economical hotel offer. The best thing to do is to stay at one of the small resorts in town.
If you can get to know the place by bike, the road is incredible and the route is comfortable.
If you are thinking of shopping for gifts or souvenirs a very good idea is to buy the typical traditional jok.
Do not haggle over the price if you buy one, in exchange it is almost nothing for you but for the people of the area it is a good income.