Drive the All New Pajero sport to Weather the Cold on Doi Ang Khang in Chiang Mai
Those of you who love the cold will probably schedule trips abroad frequently but did you know that there is a place in Chiang Mai that the weather is chilly all year round and the mercury actually averages at 17 degrees Celsius. Interested? Follow the Amazing Road Trips with All New Pajero sport to Doi Ang Khang now.
Get to Know Our Destination
Doi Ang Khang is located in Fang District in upper Chiang Mai. It is a rectangular valley surrounded by mountains on all sides. The valley used to be a limestone hill but as rain continuously eroded the limestone, it collapsed and became a plateau. The word ‘Ang Khang’ in the northern dialect means a rectangular tub. The 600 hill tribe families living in 6 villages here include the Shan, Black Lahu, Benglong, and Chinese.
Doi Ang Khang is the location of Royal Agricultural Station Ang Khang which is the first research center of the Royal Project. The station is 1,400 meters above sea level while the mountain itself is 1,928 meters above sea level. The station has an area of 26.52 square kilometers or 16,577 rai and was set up in 1969 according to His Majesty King Bhumibol’s directive for the hill tribe people to be able to sustain themselves. It was said that His Majesty saw this village when in a helicopter and asked the pilot to land. Once His Majesty landed, His Majesty saw the opium fields but upon speaking with the villagers found that they didn’t earn much from selling opium, not to mention the devastating effects on the environment. His Majesty then used personal funds to purchase land there to set up the Royal Agricultural Station Ang Khang in 1969. The station did research and tried to grow winter crops to find suitable ones for villagers to grow, such as peach, plum, strawberry, Chinese pear, raspberry, persimmon, kiwi, carrot, salad vegetable, carnation, rose, aster, chrysanthemum, etc.
Fun in the Sun
- Doi Ang Khang has a lot of activities that you can take part in whether it be driving through the vegetable, fruit, and flower orchards. The entrance fee is 30 Baht per person and 50 Baht for the vehicle. There is also the bonsai and herb gardens to view while from late December to mid-January, you’ll get to see Sakura in bloom throughout the mountain.
- You can also view the culture and homes of the Chinese migrants at Luang Village, the Benglong at Norlae Village which also has a breathtaking view of the Thai-Myanmar border, the Lahu at Kobdong Village with its young guides who can take you on a tour, and the Shan, the Myanmar, and the Chinese who live amidst each other at Koom Village.
- We have two sunrise and sea of mist viewing areas to recommend. The first is at Kobdong between Kobdong and Norlae villages and there is also a restaurant to serve tourists. The other spot is the 2000 tea plantation where you can view the sunrise against a backdrop of tea step plantation. It is located on the left before Norlae Village. After viewing the sunrise, do stop by to take a look at villagers picking strawberries at the Norlae Village strawberry step plantation.
- Bird lovers will be able to view over 1,000 different species at the Mae Per station and around the Ang Khang natural resort. There is also the option of riding mules to take in the scenery but that must be arranged in advance because villagers do need the mules to transport their agricultural produce. As for those who wish to exercise, you can take a 2-kilometer stroll through the forest and view the waterfall and the azalea or ride a bicycle from Koom Village to Norlae Village or from Luang Village to Padaeng Village.
- The weather at Doi Ang Khang is cool all year round, particularly during December to January when it gets so chilly that frost forms overnight. Be sure to prepare enough warm clothing such as caps, gloves, socks, and jackets. If you visit during the rainy season, you’ll be treated to some spectacular mist.
- The Royal Agricultural Station Ang Khang has limited bungalows for hire so make sure you book well in advance in particular if you want to visit during Winter. Bungalows range from ones that can accommodate 2-5 people to a huge house that can accommodate 47 people. Every room has a television and water heater for the shower.
How to Get There
Doi Ang Khang is accessible via two routes. The first route takes you through Chiang Dao District to the bypass road where you’ll have to turn left heading to Arunothai Village. The route uphill may be a little narrow but the incline isn’t steep and there are signs directing you throughout the way. Be sure to travel during the day though. The other route will take you from Chiang Dao District to Chaiprakan-Fang districts using the Superhighway. This route has a lot more curves and the way uphill passes through Hard Samran Temple where you should turn left. The interval from kilometer 14 to 18 is steep so do be careful.
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