Doi Ang Khang
Doi Ang Khang
Although situated in the far north of Chiang Mai and tourists have to go up and down mountain after mountain, Doi Ang Khang still maintains its popularity among nature lovers. The highlights of this famous attraction are winter plants and flowers that grow abundantly all year long. Doi Ang Khang is a part of Dan Lao mountain range along the border of Myanmar and maintains year round cool temperatures. Mountain mists can be always seen here and the place is perfect for winter plants. Apart from the first Royal Project of Winter Plant Research Station, which was founded in 1969, you can also see and learn about the interesting cultures of hill tribe people.
Nearby is Baan Koom, a small multi-racial village of Tai Yai, Burmese, and Chinese people. Tourists will find shops, souvenirs, and accommodation provided with friendly hospitality in this village. If you fail to make a reservation for your hotel in Doi Ang Khang in time, this village is also a good choice. Though the accommodation is not as luxurious, the place makes up in the extraordinary view. In the late winter in Doi Ang Khang, the changing colors of the forest lends the most gorgeous view with the exquisite wild Himalayan cherry blossoms or Thai sakura that bloom richly on the side of the road. Strawberry farms offer a welcome for tourists to try fresh picked fruit. For nature and bird lovers, Doi Ang Khang also has a nature trail which passes through a small forest and village farms abundant with local and migrating birds. The trail starts not far behind Mae Poe Water Source Management Department of Doi Ang Khang Agricultural Station.
How to get there
If coming by car from the Chiangmai-Fang road (Highway 107), turn left at an intersection around 137 kilometres (Mae Kha Market) and continue to Doi Ang Khang for a further 25km. It is a steep zigzagging asphalt road. Therefore, only vehicles in good condition with experienced drivers can make the trip. It's also possible to take a songthaew truck from Mae Kha to Doi Ang Khang, but departures are irregular and you'll probably need to charter one.