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Doi Ang Khang, Chiang Mai Overview

Doi Ang Khang is the perfect mountain getaway for those looking for adventure and relaxation rolled into one. Since it is known for its natural beauty, there are opportunities for hiking, nature trails, birdwatching and mountain biking. Many tourist attractions such as the Bonsai Garden, Kiu Lom Viewpoint, and the Royal Agricultural Station are situated here, for visitors to enjoy a tryst with nature.

Nestled in Fang District of Chiang Mai Province, Doi Ang Khang cradles between the borders of Burma and Thailand. This magical yet hidden destination sits on a spread of 310 hectares (766 acres). Doi Ang Khang also houses another famous peak which stands at the height of 6,325 feet high.

A cluster of valleys and peaks would lead towards the tribal life by the hill, which was once home to many tribes including Lisu, Lahu, Palong, and Hmong, over ten decades ago. The villagers here still adorn the traditional tribal costumes and reside in one of the many bamboo stilt houses lined along the path. Although this remote destination is unknown to many visitors across the globe, it is still widely popular among Thai visitors.

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Things to Do in Doi Ang Khang

1. Luang Ang Khang Agricultural Centre:
Luang Ang Khang Agricultural Centre was the dream project of the 9th King of Thailand, King Bhumibol. Legend has it that King Bhumibol learned a devastating truth on his visit to Phak Phai Village. The village farmers were deforesting and destroying the river source to grow their own plants. Worried about the ecological effects, the king thought of a solution. He decided to purchase a vast land for research and also for the growth of the winter plants. Along with this, he ensured the farmers' respect and knowledge about growing plants ethically.

2. Suan Somdej:
If you are keen to see and learn about the myriad plants that survive winter, then Suan Somdej is an ideal choice for you.

3. Suan Paedsib:
A beautiful English-style garden, Suan Paedsib was named in honour of the garden's project owner, Bhisadej Rajani, for his 80th birthday. This garden also boasts tons of winter plant species.

4. Chinese Plum Garden:
Ever wondered what those orange-yellowish fruits that grew on trees were? You will find your answer in the Chinese Plum Garden. These fruits, also known as Chinese Plums, as the name suggests, will be found grown on multiple trees in the garden.

5. Kham Doi Garden:
While in Doi Ang Khang, look at the mini-world blossom of Kham Doi Garden. Housing some exotic plant species like Rhododendron, the garden hosts a range of interesting plants.

6. Winter Fruits Field:
Explore the Winter Fruits Field growing many strawberries, raspberries, Chinese plums, and more.

7. The Sunset-Seeing Spot:
No vacation is ever complete without a memorable glimpse of the breathtaking sunset. Nestled between Ban No Lae and Ban Khob Dong, this sunset viewing spot is best known for its stunning views, especially during winter.

8. The Stair Strawberry Field:
Not precisely a staircase, but due to its downward slope, the slant gives this location the essence of a stairway. The Stair Strawberry Field is best visited during the wee hours of the day.

9. Doi Ang Khang Operation Base:
Head to Doi Ang Khang Operation Base if you are an early bird and love catching some early morning rays. Situated 0.6 miles (1 km) before the Agricultural Center, the Doi Ang Khang Operation Base one of the top spots to watch the sunrise.

How to Reach Doi Ang Khang

Located in Mae Ngon District, Fang County, Doi Ang Khang can be reached in two ways. You can either use the public transport service like a bus, van, and a cab, or a private car.

Public Transport
Public transport would cost between THB 80 to THB 150.

By Car
Route 1:
If you are travelling in a private car, there are two routes you could take. The first one is by starting your trip from Chiang Dao County and going through Ban Arunnothai. You will know you've reached the destination once you come across mountainous paths.

Route 2:
The second route is through Chaiprakarn County-Fang County Highway. If you are taking this route, be extra cautious as the streets here are quite narrow and curved. Drive-up 70 kilometres (43 miles) until you reach Wat Had Samran. Then turn left and drive again for about 25 kilometres (15 miles) until you notice the beautiful destination.

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