Seek New Thrills with the Offroad Uphill Route to Ban Pong Piang, Chiang Mai and View Stunning Step Plantations with the All New Pajero sport
If you are an amateur photographer, you have surely dreamt of taking pictures of stunning step plantations. Well, Amazing Road Trips with All New Pajero sport will take you to the most amazing step plantations in Thailand at Ban Pong Piang in Chiang Mai Province. The uphill drive is rugged terrain but in the All New Pajero sport, you can settle in the luxurious and spacious interior and let the vehicle handle the hard job.
Get to Know Our Destination
Ban Pong Piang is a Pakakayo hill tribe village located in Mae Cham District, behind Doi Inthanon, Thailand’s tallest mountain, and close to Mae Parn (Huay Sai Luang) Waterfall. This village was established more than 50 years ago and houses only 7-8 families with a population of around 30. This small village earns its living from farming and growing crops. The villagers are Christians and they welcome tourists and amateur photographers who wish to snap pictures of lush forests.
Fun in the Sun
- The step plantations at Ban Pong Piang is definitely picture worthy. If you visit during July-August, you’ll see rice seedlings amidst a backdrop of sunlight reflecting on the water trapped in the fields. You will be greeted by lush and green crops during a visit in September-early October while visiting at end-October will get you images of golden crop ready to be harvested.
- Tourists who visit Ban Pong Piang often visit only during the later afternoon to capture images of the setting sun. If you’re lucky, you may be treated to rays of sun shining through the clouds to reflect on the mountain range. However, the morning view is as stunning with the sea of mist hugging the mountains, particularly if it rained the night before.
- Ban Pong Piang only has homestay accommodations. The village allows each family to build only one bungalow, accommodating 4-5 guests at a time, and the cost is 500 Baht per tourist per night. In addition to lodgings, you’ll get three meals. Toilets are up to par and you’ll be able to enjoy cool temperature all year round.
- Be warned that this area still doesn’t have electricity but you do get mobile signal.
- If the thought of the lack of electricity is daunting, you can choose to spend the night at Mae Cham or around Doi Inthanon which is close by.
How to Get There
There are two recommended routes to Ban Pong Piang. The first route starts from Doi Inthanon where you are supposed to drive to the checkpoint of the national park and turn onto the intersection leading to Mae Cham District. Drive for about 12 kilometers and you will come across a sign for Mae Parn Waterfall. Turn right at the sign and you’ll drive pass the Huay Sai Luang and Mae Parn waterfalls. From there, the route is offroad terrain for about 7 kilometers before reaching Ban Pong Piang. The other route takes you through Mae Cham, passing through the downtown area. Make a right turn at the Mae Cham District Office and drive straight until kilometer 16 of Mae Najorn before turning right. Drive for another kilometer and you’ll see an intersection with a left turn to Ban Teen Pah and a right turn to Ban Pong Piang.
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