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Mae Taeng - Chiang Dao - Fang Route (Highway 107)

Hilltribe Museum

(Ratchamangkla Park on Chotana Road / Route 107)

The 3-storey museum houses a large collection of handicrafts, costumes, ornaments, household utensils, agricultural tools and other objects as well as various informative displays concerning the life, culture, traditions and beliefs of each of the major hilltribes in Thailand. There is also an exhibition on activities relating to hilltribes which are initiated by the royal family. Slide and video presentations are also available.

Monday to Friday, from 09.00 - 16.00 hrs.
Tel. 0 5321 0872, 0 5322 1933

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Taeng Dao Elephant Camp
(Km. 56 on Route 107)

The camp features daily shows of elephant at works, from 9 a.m. and offers elephant rides. Due to its natural surroundings, rafting and jungle trekking to nearby hilltribe villages are also offered.

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Chiang Dao Cave
Chiang Dao Cave, Chiang Mai
(Km. 72 on Route 107)

Being part of Doi Chiang Dao mountain, this well-known cave complex is about 10 km. long. The cave where some Buddha images are enshrined, is illuminated by electric lights. The deep recesses which have no light fixtures, can be explored with local guides and lanterns. The local legend that this cave was once the home of a hermit for a thousand years, adds more attraction to the cave.

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Mountain Biking in Chiang Dao
Chiang Dao provides also some of the most spectacular trails in northern Thailand. Along its many real off-road trails, visitors will enjoy the beautiful landscape as well as the scenes of peaceful small villages and ethnic hilltribes.

Doi Ang Khang

(163 km. north of Chiang Mai town off Route 107)

This royal agricultural station is situated among beautiful mountainous scenery. With a cool climate year round, this 1300-metre high mountain is a demonstration site for planting and researching temperate flowers, fruits and vegetables under the royal patronage of the King. Besides, visitors can visit several hilltribe villages on the slopes. Trekking and mountain biking on some interesting trails can also be made in the area.

For taxi : ดอยอ่างขาง

Fang Hot Springs
Fang Hot Springs, Chiang Mai
(Route 1089, 8 km. northwest of Fang District)

In an area of 10 acres amid a forest setting, there are over 50 hot springs, some of which boil continuously with a strong smell of sulphur. This place is frequented by Thai tourists on weekends.

For taxi : น้ำพุร้อนฝาง

Tha Ton
Tha Ton, a village of Mae Ai County about 160 km. north of Chiang Mai town, is the starting point of the beautiful Kok River which flows along to Chiang Rai. As a small tourist spot, there are restaurants, souvenir shops and accommodations lining on the bendy banks of the river.

For taxi : ท่าตอน

Kok River Trip to Chiang Rai
Taking a long-tail boat down to Chiang Rai to view the peaceful life along the river is a very interesting activity though some may find a raft trip more exciting. The regular passenger boat leaves Tha Ton at 12.30 p.m. daily and arrives at Chiang Rai at about 4 p.m.
Kok River, Chiang Rai
Besides raft trips, treks to many hilltribe settlements can be arranged by travel agents as well.

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Wat Tha Ton
This big old temple is situated on the lush hill by the Kok River. In the scenic temple grounds, there are schools for monks and young boys, a treatment centre for drug addicts and a hilltribe support unit. Its shrine on the hilltop provides good views of the beautiful surroundings and the river below.

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Huai Nam Dang National Park
The sea of mist at Huai Nam Dang National Park is number one for many people due to its splendid sunrise vista. When you stand at the well-known Doi Kiew Lom View Point at dawn and look to the east, you will see Mount Doi Chiang Dao sets itself as a perfect background of an impressive misty mountainous scenery and the sunrise. If you are lucky, the white lingering mist will be so thick and displays a spectacular "sea of mist" before your eyes. Besides the breathtaking view, the fresh, cool and romantic atmosphere also help place a joyous expression onto all beholders' faces even though they have to wake up before 5.00 a.m.
   

A misty morning at
Huai Nam Dang

Colourful flowers on
Huai Nam Dang Hill

Huai Nam Dang straddles Mae Taeng County in Chiang Mai and Pai County in Mae Hong Son. The park highlights several interesting spots such as Huai Nam Dang Waterfall and Pong Duead Hot Spring.
Recommended period: November-February
To get there: From Chiang Mai, use Highway 107. Drive about 37 km to Mae Malai Market, from where Highway 1095 turns left and head for the hills for about 65 km. Then a right turn leads just 6 km from the park checkpoint to the headquarters.
For more information, please contact Huai Nam Dang National Park Moo 5, Kuetchang Sub-county, Mae Taeng County, Chiang Mai, Tel & Fax: 0 5324 8491.

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Doi Pha Hom Pok
Doi Pha Hom Pok straddling Fang and Mae Ai Counties in Chiang Mai Province is well known for its year-round cool climate and scenic views of hills shrouded in mist. The verdant forest here is a natural habitat for various species of butterflies and birds. Purple cochoa and brown-breasted bulbul are commonly found. Red-throated thrush, grey-wiged blackbird, and chestnut thrush also winter here. The area is popular for bird watching and camping. Getting to the summit from Kiu Lom Camp Site takes about 2 days and 1 night by hiking through the forest. Please contact Mae Fang National Park Office before traveling since a guide is needed.

Doi Pha Hom Pok, Chiang Mai
(Photo by courtesy of TAT)

Doi Pha Hom Pok, Chiang Mai
(Photo by courtesy of TAT)


How to Get There


From Chiang Mai, use Highway 107 to Fang County. When reaching the junction turn left and keep going for 9 km. There are clear road signs telling the direction to the Mae Fang National Park Office. From there, you can hire a 4WD vehicle to the track’s starting point at 1,500 baht. Air-conditioned buses from Bangkok to Fang and Chiang Mai to Fang are available. And from Fang, there are shuttle services to the National Park Office. For more information, please contact Mae Fang National Park Office on tel. +66 (0) 5345 1441#302

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Mount Doi Chiang Dao
Mount Doi Chiang Dao is the third highest mountain of the country with a height of 2,195 metres above average sea level. Why should you see the sea of mist here? This is because when you are at the mountain top you will have a superb 360° panoramic view. While the puffy mist circles the mount you stand on, it is just like you are on cloud nine.


Doi Chiang Dao
(Photos by courtesy of TAT)

Doi Chiang Dao
(Photos by courtesy of TAT)

And since reaching the top of Mount Doi Chiang Dao is a 7-hour arduous walk which not only requires a determined mind but also a strong body, not many people go there to enjoy the sea of mist. So it is not crowded. What's more, if you go there at the right time, chances are you can see frost. You have to stay overnight there and don't forget to bring a tent.

Mount Doi Chiang Dao features the sub-alpine vegetables, some 50 species of which are found only in Thailand. So, it is an excellent site for botanists and plant enthusiasts.
Recommended period: November-February
To get there: From Chiang Mai, drive along Highway 107, passing Mae Rim and Mae Taeng Counties. Then you will reach Chiang Dao County. (68 km). After that, drive past Chiang Dao Inn Hotel, and you will see the entrance to Chiang Dao Forest Park. Go ahead, follow the sign posts for about 7 km.
For more information, please contact Chiang Dao Wildlife Sanctuary Chiang Dao County, Chiang Mai, Tel & Fax: 0 5345 5802. (at least 15 days in advance)

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