Getting there & away
Mae Salong is accessible via two routes. The original road, Rte 1130, winds west from Ban Basang. Newer Rte 1234 approaches from the south, allowing easier access from Chiang Mai. The older route is definitely more spectacular.
To get to Mae Salong by bus, take Mae Sai bus from Chiang Rai to Ban Basang (20B, 30 minutes, every 15 minutes between 6am and 4pm). From Ban Basang, sǎwngthǎew head up the mountain to Mae Salong (per person 60B, one hour). It’s a little cheaper on the way down from Mae Salong – pick up a sǎwngthǎew from outside the 7-Eleven in town. Sǎwngthǎew stop running at around 5pm but you can charter one in either direction for about 400B.
You can also reach Mae Salong by road from Tha Ton.