Northern Thailand - mountains and tea plantations -Mesalong. About Thailand tell in great detail, but you can try to tell a different story Thailand. Therefore we walk through northern Thailand, and in particular, the little town Mesalong. : North of Thailand.With Bass Station Pattaya bus going in the direction of Chiang Rai. The trip will cost 1500 baht, and for two one-way. Bus quite comfortable: with breakfast and dinner, you can tilt the seat back and take a nap while you carry. And of course, there is a toilet. Northern Thailand, trip will take twelve hours but hurry - he can always use the aircraft, especially to do it as easily accessible as the bus. But it is still a pleasure to go to the bus and the country concerned. 12 hours fly by, because there are so many interesting things, what you have not seen in Thailand. On arrival at Chiang Rai you need to transfer to another bus or catch tuk-tuk, because our goal - Mesalong. To reach it, it takes only an hour. In Thailand, low mountainsSomewhere 1200 meters, but it is very beautiful and very unique, like all Thai. Mesalong get to the serpentine roads and admire a magnificent view. They seem to be covered with rectangles and squares of different shades of green - so look from tea plantations. The spectacle is amazing and very unusual. You can not take your eyes off. In addition - fresh, breathing mountain air force. Watch - a pleasure, so really only interested in these village squares Mesalong? History Mesalonga -Northern Thailand.The village was founded in 1962 year of the last century by members of the Kuomintang national party, it was a military base. From here it was possible to carry out attacks on Chinese territories. In addition, they for the lands granted by Thailand promised the government of the kingdom to prevent the spread of communist ideas on this territory. The royal dynasty of the country did not like the ideas of communism, and they tried every way to eradicate any germs of this ideology in the country. The Kuomintang soldiers took control of the local drug traffickers and imposed a tribute on them. At that time, the number of opium fields was enormous. The situation was very tense, as drug dealers did not want to obey, and only in 1980 did the government manage to establish a more or less peaceful life here, while the opium baron Khun Sa had already left the village. To completely change the life in the village, it was renamed from Mesalong to Santihiri, which meant "mountain of peace." Modern village Mesalong - Northern ThailandThe village is called so and to this day - Santihiri, the same name was given to Mount Doimesalong, its height is 1200 meters. From its highest point, you can admire the whole of the countryside, see the villages on the hills scattered all over the neighborhood. Representatives of the Akha and Mien region inhabit the area. They can also be seen on the market, they trade mainly with rice and handicrafts, which they themselves manufacture. These crafts are bought by tourists who come here. Sometimes these products are so expertly crafted that they are like works of art. The houses in the villages are low, made of bamboo. The dialect differs from the speech that can be heard in the capital, and is similar to the language of the southern Chinese. Therefore sometimes it seems that this is a Chinese village. Mesalong connects to the northern cities of the country through a highway, which was built in the beginning of 80-ies of the last century. Today, it is forbidden to grow opium. Now elite varieties of tea are being grown here, decorating the mountains, making them very unusual. Modern Mesalong is an island of Chinese culture in the north of Thailand. It's a completely different atmosphere than in the whole country. The locals are very hospitable. In any shop they will try to taste tea and at the same time they will not impose their goods, giving the opportunity to enjoy a cup of delicious drink and make a decision about buying. To drink tea is offered everywhere and always welcome to every guest. The fee for refreshment is not taken. You can sit and drink tea and relax in shopping benches. Mesalong became a real tea paradise in Thailand. You are surrounded both by tea plantations, and a lot of tea shops, the prices are encouraging: they are much lower than, for example, in Pattaya. 200 grams of puer will cost 150 baht, this is a tea with a five-year exposure. And tea with twenty years of aging - will cost 2000 baht per kilogram. A gift and a sea of smiles are necessarily attached to the purchase, in return it is simply impossible to restrain one's smile. Also here you will be offered both dried fruits and nuts, the abundance of both is simply staggering. Well, and, as we have already said, the Chinese communities settled here, which means that the kitchen is completely different. And many dishes are prepared according to ancient Chinese recipes. Sauces very much, and they are all very tasty, and you can eat cheap, tasty and with all the heart. At the same time, learn and taste previously unknown dishes. It remains to find a place where you can stay for a while. Best to rent a bungalow. It will cost somewhere 300 baht per day. For this money you will get a clean bed, shower, toilet. The principle of a hostel works here. Although the people in the big building are few. 300 baht is for two. As a rule, all the places in the hotel are calculated in Thailand for two. But everyone chooses where to stop, at their own discretion; perhaps someone will find the option more interesting. It must be remembered that this is the northern part of the country and the air temperature is lower: if in Pattaya 34 degrees, here at this time it will be only degrees 25-26. This is considered cold for Thailand. But for Russians - just right, relax nice. We made a short survey of the northern region of Thailand, the village of Mesalong. Rest in this area is suitable for those who want to know the country from different angles and look to where the beach rest does not boil. Here it is perfectly rested on the fresh mountain air, without exhausting heat, and an unusual cuisine will please the lovers of tasty lunch. In this part of the country there is peace and friendliness, here you can relax your soul and gather your thoughts. Mountains and air, greens and fine tea, sincere friendly attitude of people - all this is very disposed to rest. Perhaps, such a holiday is for you.