An hour’s drive Southeast of Chiang Mai city, the lovely mountain village of Mae Kampong is home to a small, but thriving community. Arriving in Mae Kampong today, it’s hard to imagine a time when the traditional way of life in the village was under threat. But over the years, the community has had to learn to adapt to a changing world and Mae Kampong is now a role-model for sustainable eco-tourism in Thailand.
Perched at an altitude of about 1300m, Ban Mae Kampong is locally famous as a centre for the production of mêeang (pickled tea leaves), and local coffee is sold at many small coffeeshops dotted along the road through the village. The steep road continues through the forest into Chae Son National Park, where you’ll find waterfalls, hot springs and cottages in the woods.