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Doi Ang Khang National Park

Doi Angkhang, Fang District is the side of the Royal Agricultural Project accessible via highway 107, with a left turn at kilometer 137 and then along a steep winding road for another 26 kilometers to the top of the hill. It is here that substitution crops for opium are being grown including fruits, flowers, vegetables and herbs, along with other cash crops grown for the purpose of agricultural development among the hilltribes in the area, including the Luha, Pha-Lhong, Yunnanese and Thai Yai. At Doi Ang Khang visitors can see plants being cultivate in this cooler climate including apricots, peaches, plums, carrots, salad greens and beautiful flowers such as carnations, roses, asters and chrysanthemums.

There is also a packing plant within the Royal Project .Cooperative's compound where visitors can buy fresh produce. Another attractive place to visit there is the Bonsai garden with its large collection of miniaturised plants from both tropical and temperate climates. Visitors may also hire from here a pick-up truck to go to Tha Kha market. In Doi Angkhang you can also find accommodation including private lodgings.

Doi Angkhang is Bankum 1 M 5 , T. mae-ngon , A. fang , chiangmai 50320

The locals in Doi Ang Khang grow wide range of fresh produce including vegetables, fruits and herbs. Not only this, various species of flowers are also cultivated here. To contribute towards the agricultural growth of the region, several cash crops are also grown here. It will be fascinating to see the activity of cultivation on the mountain

Doi Ang Khang, also houses a Bonsai garden. The garden flaunts a large assortment of bonsai plants from various regions. The mountain also features Royal Ang Khang Research Station. It is an agricultural project station that was founded in 1969. This demonstration site was set up to cultivate and conduct a research on flowering plants, temperate fruit trees and vegetables.

Doi Ang Khang, Chiang Mai is also growing into steep popularity for mountain trekking in Chiang Mai. The mountain attracts adventure enthusiasts who love thrill and excitement. This place plays an important role in growth of Chiang Mai tourism.Doi Ang Khang features an exceptional natural beauty. It offers magnificent and beautiful views of the city. If you are planning to visit Doi Ang Khang , do carry some warm clothes, as it might get cold during the night. You can also opt to stay in several guesthouses and hotels on Doi Ang Khang . Do enjoy facilities like bird watching, mountain biking and trekking.Doi Ang Khang is a three hour drive from Chaing Mai. It is located in a rather remote part of northern Thailand, so renting your own car and driving yourself is the best way to get to the mountain park. Chiang Mai is also home to the nearest airport and offer guided tours to the mountain. Chiang Mai is easy to reach from anywhere within Thailand by bus, train, and air.
Located about 100kms north of Chiang Mai, the area of Doi Angkhang offers a remote experience that has yet to be overrun with tour buses and camera-toting visitors. The highest peak is 1300m and is accessible by car. With cool year round temperatures, it’s not surprising that Doi Angkhang is referred to as the “Little Switzerland” of Thailand. It’s possible to drive right up to the border post and gaze across a small saddle at the ramshackle Burmese army camp and sweeping landscape beyond.

The road descends into a small village located in the bowl-shaped valley from which the area takes its name and here you’ll find the plush Amari Angkhang resort – promoted as an eco-friendly lodge. Indeed they have made particular effort to incorporate local resources, including people, into their day-to-day running and have minimised their effect on the environment. The resort abuts a hillside forest reserve full of nature trails, and there are also bird-watching activities, as well as horseback riding and even mountain biking trails for the brave.
 In the nearby Doi Angkhang village, you will encounter a market where hill tribe folk sell their woven and handicraft products, and a few modest guesthouses can be found. The road continues along the valley for a further three kilometres before terminating in a forestry centre. Here you can witness first hand the successes of the King’s Project to wean the local people off opium production and into more savoury agriculture

Evidence of wide scale poppy harvesting in the past is still seen in the swathes of cleared mountainside. But today, this national Royal project, which was piloted in this area 20 years ago, has left the area covered in greenhouses. You may visit these, and purchase organic vegetables and fruit as well as potted plants, and visit the excellent flower gardens here which include a large English rose garden and rows of Rhododendrons.

Doi Angkhang
The atmosphere is quiet and peaceful with a wall of mountains in all directions. You also have the opportunity to visit some of the villages of the several different hill tribes who live here, including the Lahu, Lisu and Hmong, as well as the rare Palong. There is a settlement, Baan Nong Mai Bua, populated by the Chinese KMT who escaped to the region fifty years ago after Mao defeated Chiang Kai Shek. Even today it remains very Yunnanese in character.