Mae Kok River Village Resort Map
Location of Mae Kok River Village Resort
The resort is located in the village of Ban Thaton in the northern most part of Chiang Mai Province. The city of Chiang Mai is about a 3 hour drive to the south and Chiang Rai is about a 1 hr 15 minute drive to the east. Both cities have international airports with regular flights to Bangkok. Chiang Mai also has direct flights from various other cities such as Singapore and Hong Kong. More airlines are looking to develop direct flights to Chiang Mai.
For a detailed satellite image of Thaton, and MRVR, and map, scroll to the bottom of the page.
Pick-up and transfer from both these airports / cities can be arranged using comfortable air-conditioned minibuses.
Nestled on the slopes of the densely forested mountain range that separates the northern most part of Chiang Mai Province and neighbouring Burma, located halfway along the scenic tourist route between Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, lies the village of Thaton.
Known to the Thais as Ban Thaton the village has had a turbulent history. From the mid 1500's to late 1880 the village changed hands between Thailand and Burma several times as a result of minor wars.
Until the end of the 19th century, the northern bank was considered to be in Burmese territory, the southern bank Thai, and brisk cross river trade of timber, sap, fruit and other products took place
and Ban Thaton became the established loading point for goods going either down river to Chiang Rai, or by road to Chiang Mai. The latest border change took place less than 100 years ago with the official border being moved 2kms upstream. The Shan of the north bank however stayed in place, keeping their own village administration system, their own school and temple. (Now called Ban Rom Thai ; literally ;Thai umbrella)
The immediate area has attracted many of the displaced hill tribe groups to inhabit its verdant hills and lush valleys. Yao, Lisu, Lahu, Karen and Akha peoples have all made their homes here spreading out amongst the foothills and along the riverline. They were closely followed by Chinese Haw and the remnants of a Nationalist Chinese(Kuomingtang) army that fled China in 1949 to Burma, and arrived in the area in 1960, having been expelled from Burma following political changes there.