The Memorable Mae Cham with the All New Pajero sport
There is just so much to do and see in Chiang Mai that we remain there for the Amazing Road Trips with All New Pajero sport. Today we are going to Mae Cham. What is there to do and see? Follow us!
Get to Know Our Destination
If you are an advocate of the slow and simplistic life, Mae Cham is the place for you. Mae Cham is located to the Northeast of Chiang Mai, facing Doi Inthanon in the back. It is about 150 kilometers away from the Chiang Mai city center. Mae Cham is a small district that is nestled in the hills and can be a little difficult to get to due to the curving route along hilltops. This has earned it a reputation of being a mysterious town. People there live a simple life and are very religious as is reflected in the abundance of several ancient temples. Nature is at its pristine condition here with several stunning step plantations for viewing.
Fun in the Sun
- Mae Cham has several beautiful ancient temples with traditional Lanna architecture to visit. Pa Daed Temple was built since 1857 and contains well-preserved wall murals of the history of Buddhism, crafted by Shan artists. Buddha En Temple is 200 years old and has a chapel above water that is registered as a historical site by the Fine Arts Department. Other noteworthy temples to visit include Kong Karn, Yang Luang, and Kong Kaek temples.
- Another destination not to be missed is the weavers’ village where the ‘teen jok’ cotton, which is an ancient fabric pattern, is made. The village is about 6 kilometers from Mae Cham and the 150 households there all have a weaving loom in the basement to make ‘teen jok’ cotton. The cloth is a hit among tourists because of their stunning patterns and bold colors.
- The contrast between the lush and green step plantations and the gray sea of mist can be viewed during the rainy season from September to October. From October to mid-November, you’ll get to see golden rice grains ready to be harvested against the backdrop of the sun’s rays. The most beautiful step plantations can be seen at Mae Parn, about 7 kilometers from the town in the direction of Doi Inthanon, as well as at Ban Kong Karn, also about 7 kilometers from the town and about a kilometer uphill from Kong Karn Temple.
- Mae Cham has a variety of hotels, resorts, and accommodations and prices are reasonable so take your pick.
How to Get There
To get to Mae Cham, you can use the route to Doi Inthanon from Chom Thong District. Take a right turn, heading for Doi Inthanon and drive pass the first checkpoint at Mae Klang Waterfall. At the second checkpoint, turn left towards Mae Cham. This route is about 115 kilometers in length. The other route is the Hod-Mae Sariang route, starting from the airport intersection in Chiang Mai. Drive straight along the Chiang Mai-Hang Dong route and once you reach Hod, go straight onto the Hod-Mae Sariang route. There will be a sign directing you to Mae Cham so turn right there and drive straight. This route is about 150 kilometers.
Safe Driving Tips
For more information, please contact:
Chiang Mai Tourism of Thailand Office
Areas of jurisdiction: Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang
105/1 Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road Tambon Wat Ket Muang District Chiang Mai 50000
Tel: 0 5324 8604, 0 5324 8607, 0 5330 2500
Fax: 0 5324 8605, 0 5330 2501