Unseen-style Adventure at San Pa Kia Highland Agricultural Research Station with the All New Pajero sport
Amazing Road Trips with All New Pajero sport challenges adrenaline junkies to weather the uphill terrain on Doi Mae Taman, pitch a tent amidst chilly winds, view the sun breaking through the sea of mist to rise and set, and the spectacular Sakura blooms throughout the mountain at the San Pa Kia Highland Agricultural Research Station.
Get to Know Our Destination
Doi Mae Taman is located at the Mae Taman water source management office in Tambon Maena, Chiang Dao District in Chiang Mai Province but some parts also extend into Tambon Keedchang in Mae Tang District. Tourists will most likely have seen images of the Sakura blooms amidst a backdrop of Doi Luang Chiang Dao, which is taken on Doi Mae Taman. These flowers will bloom at end-December to mid-January. Doi Mae Taman is also the location of the San Pa Kia Highland Agricultural Research Station, which is part of the Thai-Australian Highland Development Project that was handed over to the care of Chiang Mai University’s Faculty of Agriculture and is the research center for the growing of Winter crops such as plum and persimmon.
Fun in the Sun
- Those of you looking for a romantic getaway should bring your loved ones to camp out in the cold outdoors under a canopy of stars and lights from Chiang Dao. You’ll be treated to a most memorable and breathtaking sunrise amidst a sea of mist. Do bring your own tent and bedding though. Charges for the space is 100 Baht for small tents and 50 Baht per person for large tents. There are also bungalows for hire, accommodating 4 people per bungalow with an ensuite toilet, or you can pick rooms with shared toilets.
- This is an area where you can actually witness ecological diversity especially the many species of birds available to watch all year round.
- If you’re not up for camping but you can’t find accommodations, try contacting the Mae Taman water source management project which has three bungalows for hire. It’s just 300 meters from the San Pa Kia Highland Agricultural Research Station and you can pay as much as you can afford for the lodgings.
- Doi Mae Taman operates its electricity generator from only 6 to 10 PM and food and beverages are not available for sale so do bring everything you need. You can purchase fresh produce from the Mae Malai or the Chiang Dao fresh markets and cook at your campsite but you need to bring your own cooking utensils.
- Make sure you are responsible tourists and bring black plastic bags to transport your trash back down the mountain.
How to Get There
It is not an easy feat to go up Doi Mae Taman because the 21 kilometers uphill is a gravel road on a steep incline and often has potholes. If you’re in the All New Pajero sport, there is no need to worry. There are two ways of getting there. The first route starts in the downtown area of Chiang Mai along Highway 107 (Chiang Mai-Fang). Turn left between kilometers 67 and 68 and take the entrance to Mae Na Village. There will be a sign directing you to Chomkiri Temple. Drive straight and you will reach the gravel road that will lead to the Mae Taman water source management project. This route will take you about two and a half hours. The other route also uses Highway 107 (Chiang Mai-Fang) but you turn left between kilometers 60 to 61 to Kang Bantao Village in Tambon Mae Na. Turn left heading for the Raming tea plantation. It’s 29 kilometers before you reach our destination. This route takes three hours.
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