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Cool, Fragrant Breezes of Love at Doi Ang Khang, Ciang Mai

When the cool breezes begin to blow from the north, Doi Ang Khang becomes one of Thailand’s premier tourist attractions with white cloud banks flowing in like a rising sea turning the majestic mountains emerald islands. Winter flowers bloom and temperatures drop, so you hug your lover even tighter.

Chiang Mai’s district of Fang attracts many tourists during the winter season. The town is nestled in a valley at 1,400 meters surrounded by the Daen Lao Mountains rising over Myanmar and Thailand as high as 1,928 meters above sea level. Here you will find the Doi Ang Khan Royal Agricultural Center, known for its exceptional flora, plants, produce and fruit, like plums, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, pears and kiwi. Flowers blooming include carnations, roses, asters and chrysanthemum, all nourished by the mist that shrouds the mountains in the mornings year round. This is also home to Thailand’s first Royal Winter Plant Research Institute established by Their Majesties, the King and Queen. In addition to walking and enjoying the gardens and orchards, there are the spectacular colorful panoramic landscape masterpieces created by the Thai sakura cherry blossoms that bloom in December and January, startling pink brush strokes across the jade earth wherever you look, creating a sense of romance you will always remember.

There are lots of things to do on your honeymoon, if you want, like visiting a strawberry farm and picking your own, taking a a walk on a nature study trail and bird watching as you can see mountain bulbul, white-headed shama and lesser rufous-headed parrotbill along with winter visiting Burmese Strike and different species of thrush. You can also go mountain bike riding over high mountain trails between Baan Khumpai and Baan Norlae and Baan Luang to Baan Phadaeng. You will pass different hill tribe groups such as the Shan, Burmese, Haw Chinese offering places to stay and souvenirs.

You need to give yourself plenty of time if you plan to visit Doi Ang Khan. The best place to stay is somewhere near the peak. Never rush, as there is so much to see and experience together, hand-in-hand, beginning with the sunrise and ending with the sunset to celebrate a day well spent.

Best time to go : It’s beautiful year round, but best during the winter when the temperatures are coolest and the flowers blossom, November – January.

How to get there

Doi Ang Khan is located in Muban Khum district, Moo 5, T. Mae On, A. Fang, Chiang Mai. It is approximately 162 kilometers from Chiang Mai city. To drive here, follow National Highway 107, Chiang Mai – Fang Road, through the districts of Mae Rim and Mae Daeng, and at Chiang Dao, turn onto Highway 1089. About 8.5 kilometers after Chaiprakarn district, you’ll come to the Kl.137 marker; turn left and enter the Mae Kha Market. The next 25 kilometers are very hilly and twisting. If you don’t want to drive this stretch, leave your car at the market and take a song taew, local pickup transport or hire a van or song taew. At Wat Hadsamran, you will find vehicles traveling to the Ang Khan Royal Agricultural Project. The prices for any of these are not expensive.

For more information

Tourist Authority of Thailand Chiang Mai Office
164/94-95 Chang Khlan Road, T. Chang Khlan, Chiang Mai 50100
Tel. +66 53 276 140-2