Take the ‘High Road’ with the All New Pajero sport and Enjoy the North
Those of you who are fans of the famous Korean series, ‘Winter Sonata,’ and would love to visit Nami Island which is the location of the series, did you know Thailand has a similar location? We’re talking about Bor Kaew Pine Park with the road that leads through tall pine trees on both sides and with the sun’s rays shining through the trees. Relax with a dip at the Theppanom Hot Spring. Doesn’t it sound ideal for couples? Let’s get going with Amazing Road Trips with All New Pajero sport.
Get to Know Our Destination
The Bor Kaew Pine Park is part of the research project to find raw materials to make paper pulp and to test the planting of pine and eucalyptus trees on an area of 2,072 rai. The weather here is chilly and humid all year and is beautiful with the rows and rows of pine trees that attracts a large number of visitors daily. Apart from the Khasiya Pine that grows well at an altitude of 500 meters above sea level, there are other types of pine tree that the National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department imported from Australia, South Africa, and Taiwan to grow as a trial project to try to find a suitable species for reforestation in the North. Most of the pine trees here were planted since 1966-1967 and the park also serves as a location for many films set in a cold climate.
After weathering the cold, let’s warm up with a dip at the Theppanom Hot Springs. There are a total of 15 natural hot springs in the area which gives a misty appearance due to the surface of the hot water coming into contact with the chilly air. The temperature at some of the springs reach as high as 99 degrees Celsius but there are other springs which has a comfortable temperature for a dip. The springs are concentrated around a 10 rai expanse with a small brook running through so there is both hot and cold water available. The springs may be small but there are nicely-appointed bathing rooms available to serve both Thai and foreign tourists.
Fun in the Sun
- Upon arrival at the Bor Kaew Pine Garden, don’t miss taking pictures of the scenery that rivals that of foreign destinations. Do visit in the morning to catch the sun’s rays rising through the rows of pine trees and your pictures will surely be a hit on social media.
- The entrance fee for the Theppanom Hot Springs is 50 Baht for adults and 20 Baht for children. Anyone who feels weary from visiting Bor Kaew Pine Forest can go for a traditional Thai massage given by local masseuses for 150 Baht per hour.
- To ensure you have great pictures to show your friends, do bring all of the equipment you need whether it be a tripod, lens, or other equipment. Of course if you are traveling in the All New Pajero sport, there will be enough room to stow all your gear.
- Bor Kaew Pine Park is best to visit during the cold season so do prepare enough warm clothing as the temperature averages at 18-27 degrees Celsius all year round. For your trip to Theppanom Hot Springs, be sure to bring enough towels and a change of clothes. The springs open at 8 AM and close at 4.30 PM.
- There are several accommodations to choose from the area but they can be located far from each other so do consult your map and directions beforehand. If you’re driving in the All New Pajero sport, the in-car navigational system will be able to direct you to your destination.
How to Get There
To visit Bor Kaew Pine Park, use the Asia Highway to Nakhon Sawan, Kampaengpetch, Tak, and Tern and then use the Tern-Lee (Highway 106)-Doi Tao-Hod (Highway 1103) routes. Be warned that the first 19 kilometer interval from Tern to Lee has a lot of sharp bends so do use caution and sound your horn once rounding the bend as it is a two-lane road. Then use Highway 108 (Chiang Mai-Mae Sariang) to go to Hod District. Once you reach the clock roundabout, turn left to Mae Sariang District. Drive straight for about 30 kilometers and you’ll arrive at your destination. The Theppanom Hot Springs can be reached by using Highway 108 (Chiang Mai-Hod). Drive pass Orb Luang National Park and once you reach the Mae Cham intersection, turn right and drive another 14 kilometers and you’ll arrive at the springs.
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