Siam Insect Zoo is a gem of a facility and great experience

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If you are in Chiang Mai put Siam Insect Zoo on your list of "must-visits". It's instructive, fun and full of surprises. If you love insects you will need no encouragement; if you hate them you'll be converted.

If you feel like learning about insects and their way of life, study the numerous charts and exhibits; if you just want to relax, stroll round the butterfly garden, admiring the colourful flowers and the lush vegetation as well as the graceful butterflies, dragonflies and other insects.

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An Array of Other Life-forms

According to the sign which greets you as you enter the door of this museum, insects are the "major animals of the world". I assume this refers to their vast population, but it could also be a statement recognizing their ability to survive millennia of differing climates and outlast every other creature from the dinosaurs to the all-destructive human being. I couldn't help but wonder how easily insects would dominate the world if they were the same size as people.

Located on the Mae Rim - Samoeng Road, this zoo is the culmination of over 30 years of insect collecting, and it houses a laboratory where the study and breeding of insects takes place.

Siam Insect Zoo features two main zones : the museum and the zoo.

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The indoor display houses a large number of preserved insects and offers the visitor interesting information on the phylogeny of insects, their diversity, and their astounding ability to metamorphosis. Some prominent displays are of the butterfly world which features a rare specimen of a hermaphrodite butterfly (half-male and half-female), and some giant or extinct varieties.

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The outdoor zone has live critters, buzzing and crawling about everywhere. You can get up close and personal with well-known insects and arachnids such as the walking-stick insect, the praying mantis, millipedes, centipedes, beetles, giant scorpions and spiders. The tour offers educational activities so it is always a favorite among local schoolchildren. It takes in trainees and students of entomology from universities too.

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Opening Hours: Siam Insect Zoo opens daily from 9.00-17.00.

 

Great Day at Chiang Mai Zoo

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Chiang Mai Zoo is a beautiful and fertile attraction in cool climate all year round. Fertility of forest, flowers and rare Northern orchids in Chiang Mai Zoo.

The Chiang Mai Zoo occupies a park setting at the foot of Doi Suthep that is often crowded with Thai families and school groups.

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This modern zoo is set among forests, lakes & waterfalls. The Zoo keeps various kinds of rare wild animals of native and tropical zone. More than 6,000 animals of 69 species of Mammals , 311 species of Birds, 15 species of Reptiles and 60 species of fresh water fishes. Some species are very rare endangered and strongly protected in Thailand, for example the Fea's muntjak, the Malayan Tapir, the Asiatic elephant with newborn cub, many of tropical birds and reptiles. All of them look well in their enclosures which improve like their natural habitat and provide for natural requirement. And one of the highlights is the pair of pandas that were given to Thailand by the Chinese government for the Queen's birthday several years ago. The Zoo is very concerned for the animals right and respect to all of our animals in the collection.

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There is also a huge aquarium which houses many different types of tropical fish. In parts of the aquarium you can get up really close to them by walking through a tunnel underneath the water.

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Entrance Fee

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The Chiangmai zoo is large and you’ve got three options for getting around: foot, monorail or bus. Most of the main sites can be included in a walking itinerary but be warned: it’s a fair old walk and there are plenty of hills. If you're looking for a relaxing and fun day, head to the Chiang Mai Zoo.

Opening Hours: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Address: 100 Huaykaew Rd, Chiang Mai, Amphoe Mueang Chiang Mai, Chang Wat Chiang Mai 50200, Thailand

 

Bhubing royal palace is a very beautiful place to be with lots of flowers and trees

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Bhubing royal palace is about a few kilometers up from Doi Suthep temple. This is one of those few places you must visit after all the historical temples.

Along the road from the city to Doi Suthep-Pui National Park there are a plenty of tourist attractions. One of Chiang Mai's most famous landmarks, Wat Prathat Doi Suthep is one of them, which most tourists take in on their visit here. Only four kilometers from Phra That Doi Suthep Temple, is one of the King's palaces that unfortunately many tourists are unaware of. Most people would imagine the King's palace to be huge and luxuriously decorated, but Bhubing palace is different. Each building has been built in different styles yet all are simple, harmonizing with the surrounding natural environment.

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Situated at 1400 metres of altitude, the Bhubing royal palace enjoys cool climate and lots of moisture all year round. Even when the entire mountain dries up in the worst of the March heat, the palace gardens are in full bloom, with the help of a reservoir that traps and conserves some of the abundant rainfall in the rainy season.

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The visit to this winter palace is limited to the walk through the gardens and park but it is definitely worth the time and money. The rose garden is one of the largest and most abundant with different rose species. During the blossoming period it is really beautiful. The park is great, with the artificial lake and fountains, which unfortunately did not work during our visit. If you are a very enthusiastic person with flower, esp rose, so this place is a must visit place.

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Phra Tamnak Bhubing Rajanives was the first building, built in a Northern Thai architectural style called "Reun Mu" (Group of Houses). The upper floor is the royal residential area while the ground floor is for the royal entourage. The building master plan was designed by Prince Samaichalerm Kridagara while the building was designed by Mom Rachawongse Mitrarun Kasemsri. The construction of the Palace was undertaken by the Crown Property Bureau, under the supervision of Prince Samaichalerm Kridagara, assisted by Mom Rachawongse Mitrarun Kasemsri and Mr.Pradit Yuwapukka. General Luang Kampanath Saenyakorn, the Privy Councilor was assigned to lay the foundation stones on 24th August 1961 at 10:49 am and the construction took five months to complete. The first royal visitors to stay at the Palace were King Frederick the Ninth and Queen Ingrid of Denmark on their visit to Thailand in January 1962.

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The additional buildings include residences for other royal family members. For example Phra Tamnak Payak Sathit, built in 1993 with eucalyptus wood in the style of a log cabin, was for His Royal Highness Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn and Phra Tamnak Phrueksa Wisuthikhun which blends Thai architectural styles of the North and Central Thailand was once the royal residence of the late HRH Princess Sri Nagarindra the Princess Mother. Other buildings were built for different purposes, such as Phra Tamnak Siri Song Bhubing, built according to the royal instruction of Her Majesty the Queen who wished to study the use of eucalyptus wood in the construction of buildings, so this building is also called "Phra Tammnak Eucalyptus".

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Important Information

  • Please remember that as it's a royal residence you should keep the noise down to a respectful level.
  • Proper dress should be worn: no shorts or dresses showing bare shoulders (clothes rental is available inside)
  • Please don't enter the flower garden or pick the flowers.
  • Weapons not allowed.
  • No pets either.
  • Open every day from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m.
  • Tickets sold from 8.30 a.m. - 11.30 a.m., 1.00 p.m. - 3.30 p.m.

The grounds are closed during Royal visits, usually between January and March. The Palace buildings are not open to the public.

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How to get to Bhubing royal palace ?

The Palace is located on Doi Buak Ha mountain, about 20 kilometers North West of the city of Chiang Mai. It is along the same road as Phra That Doi Suthep temple. The visit can be combined with Wat Phra That Doi Suthep as a half day budget tour for around 600 THB. But If you want a day trip combined all with Doi Suthep and Doi Pui Hmong Hill Tribe village. Rent a taxi day tour and do all 3 or contact tour agent in Chiang Mai, they can arrange transport for you.

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Warorot market is local Thai shopping area

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Warorot market is situated in the centre of Chinatown at the end of Chiang Moi Road near the Ping river.

Warorot market is known to the locals as Kad Luang which translates to ‘Great Market’. Here you will find more Thai’s shopping than tourists and the quality of the goods for sale is better and often cheaper than that at the tourist night markets and bazaars.

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It is a 3-storey building with first floor selling food and goods while second and third floors selling inexpensive clothing and merchandise. You can buy almost anything at Warorot Market, a real mixed bag of everything. There are fresh/dried fruit - vegetables - flowers, butchery and bakery items, herbs, condiments, clothing, shoes, cosmetics, jewellry, lacquerware, silks, hemps, handicrafts, ceramics, wood carvings, beauty supplies, household appliances, electronic gadgets, sunglasses, watches, souvenirs, and fireworks, just to name a few.

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The back and side streets around the Warorot Market are full of Hill Tribe and Northern Thai handicraft product stalls and shops along with various textiles outlets for things like silk and hemp. Again, usually cheaper and much higher quality than in other Markets like the Night Bazaar or the Saturday Markets.

While you’re at it, you can stop in one of the Chinese pharmacies in the main street that goes down to the river. A doctor will examine you by taking your wrist in his hands and the pharmacist will weigh the herbs and the mushrooms corresponding to the diagnosis of the doctor. Really unfamiliar. Also if you need, have your shoes repaired by one of the shoemaker,working directly on the walking side. The work is well done, you nearly don’t wait and the price is unbeatable.

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Walk behind the Warorot Market near the river.  Visit flower market or local people call Ton Lamyai Market. The flower market along the river is impressive with its stalls and stalls of garlands and offerings. There are also places selling large floral arrangements, roses, orchids (incredibly cheap!) and whatever else is in season.

Ton Lamyai market is the very best place in Chiang Mai to buy fresh cut flowers and is always vibrant and abounds with every colour under the sun.

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Ton Lamyai is open 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, but the very best time to visit is during the evenings when you can witness thousands of fresh blooms arrive on the back of pick up trucks just hours after being cut at the local farms all around Chiang Mai area. If you are looking for a display or bouquet as a gift this is definitely the place to come to and the many vendors will make you something special at unbelievably low prices. It is great fun just to wander through the various specialist stalls at Ton Lamyai (normally on the river side of the road) and select your own individual flowers and bouquets.

 

Phra That Doi Suthep Temple a must see on any visit to Chiang Mai

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Phra That Doi Suthep Temple is simply referred to as Doi Suthep Temple by most people.

The Phra That Doi Suthep Temple is one of the most important temples of Northern Thailand. Built as a Buddhist monastery in 1383 it is still a working monastery today. Funds raised by donations and the lift fee go to support the monks living there and for maintenance of the various temple buildings. The architecture, statues, murals and shrines seen here are nothing short of breathtaking.

According to this legend, a Buddha relic, which some say glowed, magically replicated just before it was about to be enshrined in the big chedi at Suan Dok Temple. The "cloned" relic was placed on the back of a sacred white elephant, which was allowed to roam where-ever it wanted.

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The elephant eventually climbed to the top of Suthep Mountain, trumpeted three times, turned around three times, knelt down and died. This was taken as a sign that this was the spot where the relic wanted to be, so King Ku Na built the original of the chedi on Doi Suthep at the end of 14th century.

The Phra That Doi Suthep Temple grew and changed in the 600 years since its founding. In particular, it was extensively renovated in the economic "boom" years of the early 1990s. From our admittedly western viewpoint, a lot of the charm has been lost as everything was covered in granite and gold. However, the temple remains an important sight that first-time visitors to Chiang Mai shouldn't miss.

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Starting with a walk up the 300 steps of the intricately carved mythical Naga Serpent Staircase you begin to marvel at the splendour of your surroundings. The way up is flanked by trees and Naga snake figures. All visitors must take off their shoes and dressed appropriately to enter the temple terrace. No shorts allowed and shoulders must be covered, there are clothes available for rent.

For those that do not fancy the 300 step climb up to the complex, you can go up by elevator for 30B and walk down the staircase when you have finished.

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Enclosed by a frescoed cloister, the upper terrace is home to a tightly-packed complex of small shrines, bells, golden umbrellas and Buddha statues. Shoes must be removed and shoulders must be covered before entering this sacred area.

In the center of the upper terrace is the great chedi, a 16th-century expansion of the 14th-century original. The dazzling gold-plated temple is modeled on Wat Phra That Haripunjaya in Lamphun, formerly the greatest temple in the Chiang Mai region.

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The original copper plated Chedi is the most sacred area of the temple grounds. Within the site are the temples and statues, bells, and the museum, and shrines. Wat aspects came about from the development of Buddhism and Hinduism. A model of the Emerald Buddha and the statue of the Hindu god Ganesh can be found in the temple and you can see the sights of Chiang Mai on the other side of the temple.

Surrounding the circular walk around the Chedi in the inner temple are a variety of Buddha statues with different poses. Made of various materials semi precious stones, the buddhas are grouped into stunning displays filled with texture, color and sizes.

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Outside of the main temple, there are several small shrines, rock gardens, monuments and other artifacts to see outside of the main temple itself.  To the right side of the main temple compound is a large viewing area with magnificent views of Chiang Mai below.

Doi Suthep mountain rises about 1000m (3,542 ft) above sea level; there are fine views over the city of Chiang Mai to be had from the temple's lower terrace. The terrace is surrounded by large bells that are rung by pilgrims to bring good luck. On the northwest corner of the terrace is a statue of the legendary elephant who chose the site of the temple.

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On leaving Doi Suthep temple area descend the Naga Serpent staircase back down to the car park area. At the bottom of the staircase you will find several souvenir shops and a throng of vendors selling local handicrafts.

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How to get to Phra That Doi Suthep Temple ?

The temple lies roughly 15 kilometres from the city, and can be reached by road. Originally it took a 5 hour climb up the mountain to get to the Temple but thanks to 1,000 volunteers who built the current road the journey now only takes about 40 minutes.  The best way to go up is buy flagging down a red Songthaew truck taxi.  If you are only going to the main Temple and back it will take you about 40-45 minutes each way from Chiang Mai and will cost 200 Baht around trip.  We recommend hiring a taxi for a full half day tour. Either option will wait for you while you look around and you pay at the end.

If you wish to have a tour guide the whole time, Budget tours to Doi Suthep like this one stop by the Pha That Doi Suthep temple, Bhubing Royal Palace and Doi Pui Hmong Village on 4 hour trip for about 650 Baht person.

Doi Pui Hmong hill tribe village is set amongst the peaks of Doi Suthep.

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Doi Pui Hmong hill tribe village or Meo hill tribe village is accessible via the mountainous road from Chiang Mai to Doi Suthep-Pui National Park.

Doi Pui Hmong hill tribe village is about 4 kilometers further uphill from Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep. In the past, this road was rather folksy, but as the popularity of the village keeps rising, access has been made easier. This village is home to more than 1000 households of the Hmong people, who still wear traditional costumes and dwell in rather `conservative' homes. Their livelihood depends not on the swiddening agriculture of the past, but merchandising.

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Like most ethnic hill-tribes of Northern Thailand, the Doi Pui Hmong people used to cultivate opium poppies for a living. But after majesty the King gave Thai nationality to the villagers and introduced them to lychee cultivation by offering 16 lychee trees for each household. As a result, the villagers stopped opium cultivation permanently in 1972. The Hmong villagers now make an income from selling agricultural products, entertaining tourists and selling tribal souvenirs.

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From car park, as you start to walk up the hill towards the village there are loads of little shops selling various items from fruits to clothing to food and drinks, this is probably the cheapest place you will find to buy Thai silk.

Hiring a student guide from the main square is useful, as the guides are small girls in native attire that can get you to the museum and garden.

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A small hill-tribe museum is well worth the 10 baht fee, which also includes entrance to some gardens where you can have your photo taken in front of their opium poppy plot in full Hmong regalia. Hill Tribes Museum and Outdoor Museum; established in 1984, the museum illustrates the history of each Hill Tribe and their tools. There are also models of Hmong and Karen houses to show local ways of life. Guests can see local activities, e.g., Hmong and Karen mortar for pounding paddy to separate the grains from the chaffs - representing the community unity.

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On a good days the views are awesome and you can walk around until you come across “Poi Doi waterfall”, at this time of the year it had some water but there was none during November, a very pretty place and if you wish you can hire a local Hmong hill tribe clothing garb for only 50 Baht, something different to show friends and family. Some nice open grass roofed huts to shelter from the sun or rain and have a look around at the beauty of this place including the giant bamboo. On your way out from the gardens at the bottom walkway they have an example of the opium plant or in Thai “Dok Fin”, they don’t grow or sell opium here but it was nice to see an example. Try shooting the crossbows they make, they are surprisingly accurate.

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Some of the older posts on the internet regarding Hill-Tribe villages have made negative comments about the Doi Pui Hmong Hilltribe Village, however everyone that I have taken here has totally enjoyed their visit, and been impressed by what they have seen. Come with us, observe, and make your own decision.

How to get to Doi Pui Hmong Hill Tribe Village?

Common tour packages that you can buy in town usually include a visit to Phra Tha t Doi Suthep temple, the Bhubing Royal Palace and this village, completing three essential stops on this mountain, plus or minus a handful of waterfalls. Cars and motorbikes, in normal condition, can reach the village without any problems. Bicyclists can enjoy this road too. If you don't have any one of these forms of transport, you can get yourself into one of the songtaews (Red Truck) going up to Doi Suthep and arrange to be taken further. (The stand is in front of the main gate of Chiang Mai University).

Exploring Inthanon National Park, Thailand

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Inthanon National Park is Thailand’s highest peak, and the cool weather attracts many tourists to the park in Chom Thong district at this time of year.

Inthanon National Park covers an area of 48,240 ha. Its lowlands below 800 meters in elevation are warm and very dry during the rain-free season, but the summit of Doi Inthanon, at 2565 meters. The temperature has been known to drop as low as -8 degrees C. and frosts are not unusual during the cool, dry season. January is the coldest month: an average nighttime temperature is 5.5 degrees C. At any season, Doi Inthanon National Park is a comfortable reprieve from the heat of the lowlands. At altitudes above 1000 meters, rainfall exceeds 2500 mm, considerably more than at nearby Chiang Mai. Even in the dry season, November to April, there is rare but occasional rain or the summit may be shrouded in cloud for a part of the day; persistent mist is an important factor in the maintenance of moist forest there.

The flora consists of sphagnum bog, moist and dense evergreen cloud forest, dry evergreen, pine, mixed deciduous teak and dipterocarp forests.

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The Center for Wildlife Research at Mahidol University has recorded total of 362 bird species in the park which makes it in numbers the second highest in Thailand after Kaeng Krachan National Park. Over 190 of the bird species are listed as common to abundant. Some common birds seen in the national park are green-tailed sunbird, ashy-throated warbler, green/purple cochoa, sikkim treecreeper, maroon oriole, bar-throated minla, green-tailed sunbird, rufous-winged fulvetta, chestnut-crowned laughingth rush and speckled wood pigeons. The big bird migration to Thailand happens March to May with some birds still breeding until June/July makes it a good time to visit the park for birds.

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Due to hunting and habitat change bigger mammals such as elephants, tigers, gaurs has been extirpated from the park. Some mammals such as wild boars, gibbons, deer and serows still inhabits the park. There are currently around 65 mammals in the national park, half of these bat species.

Attractions of Inthanon National Park

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Summit of Doi Inthanon

Located at km 48 at the end of road 1009, with 2565 meters above the sea level it is the highest peak in Thailand. An air force radar station and King Inthawichayanon’s stupa are on the mountaintop. King Inthawichayanon, the last king of Chiang Mai, was concerned about the importance of forests and wanted to preserve the forests for future generations.

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Ang Ka Luang

There is a shorter nature trail opposit the ranger station on the main road to a sphagnum bog, a good location for birdwatching of some exciting highland birds.

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Kiew Mae Pan Nature Trail

Kiew Mae Pan Nature Trail (Starts at km42). This short trail, winding through pristine forest for about 2.5 km, allows the hiker to experience the natural beauty of the forest at first hand. Rhododendrons, commonly found in the Himalayas, are found along the trail and they are in full bloom from Dec-Feb. Trekkers on this route should seek permission from the park headquarters at km31 for safety reasons. A group of not more than 15 people is recommended. Food consumption is not allowed while trekking. This nature trail is closed for reforestation from 1 Jun-30 Oct.

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King and Queen Pagoda

Doi Inthanon National Park is a popular destination for visitors to the region, not only for its natural beauty, but for its historical significance as well. Chedis (monuments) dedicated to Their Royal Majesties, The King and Queen, can be found atop the peak of the mountain. The park has been adapted somewhat to accommodate the tourist trade and there are some eating and drinking areas, as well as accommodation. The rugged terrain is now crisscrossed with pathways and roads to make it more accessible to visitors. The development has been tightly controlled, however, and every effort has been made to preserve the natural beauty of the environment.

Campsite and Park Headquarters

If you want to stay overnight at Doi Inthanon there are several options available. Campsites are Iocated at the Headquarters area and at the Mae Pan Ranger Station. Two-person tents can be rented at Headquarters. No sleeping bags or mats are available, but a number of blankets are available for rental. Firewood is provided and campfires are permitted throughout the year. Please use caution during the dry season.

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Trek at Inthanon National park

For those keen on trekking Doi Inthanon is a paradise, with four striking nature trails to explore. Nature trails are a great way to experience the fantastic scenery of Doi Inthanon up close and personal. Doi Inthanon nature trails take a few hours to walk and maps and guides are available at the ranger station.

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Royal Agricultural Research Station

Doi Inthanon Royal Project is in Khun Klang village close to the park headquarters. The project was initiated in 1979 to help the hill tribes to cultivate cash crops other than opium and train them on modern agricultural practices.  Most produces are temperate zone plants.  Flower plantations, a plant breeding research lab and flower plantations of hill tribes (Hmong) are open to visitors.

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Khun Wang royal project

From Inthanon Station there is a path linking to Khun Wang Royal Project Center, which is famous for the planting of chrysanthemum in different colors,in bloom the whole year round. Visitors are also afforded the views of vegetable plots,flowering plant plots in glasshouses,pot plants, temperate-zone fruit trees,and Chinese tea plantations upon which the harvesting process is demonstrated. It is the hot place to be in the winter, as the cherry trees burst into bloom

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Mae Ya Waterfall

Namtok Mae Ya is one of the most beautiful cascades in Chiang Mai. A cascading waterfall plunging from several tiers over 250 meters steep cliff onto different rock formations in a lower basin, creating a beautiful scene., but the main tier that tourists see once they get there is a 40 to 50 meters high. This nearly 100 meters wide tier has quite an impressive view.

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Mae Klang Waterfall

Only 8km from the town of Chom Tong and just within the boundaries of Doi Inthanon national park. This impressive waterfall is very popular with Thai picnickers and is great place to take a dip in the cool cascading waters. On the weekends expect to see plenty of Thai families enjoying a picnic near this scenic point.

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Vachiritharn Waterfall

Namtok Wachirathan is a large waterfall Namtok Siriphum is a splendid waterfall that falls from a steep cliff in two lines and can be seen en route to Doi Inthanon.  The attractive waterfall is located at Km. 31 of Highway No. 1009, take a right turn for 2 kilometres and is approachable only on foot from the base of the waterfall.

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Sirithan Waterfall

One of popular waterfalls, at km 22, accessible by a 200 meters long trail from the parking area on the main road.

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Siriphum Waterfall

Close to the summit you will find the slender white wisp of Siriphum Waterfall, which is usually less crowded than its cousins. The water level of Siriphum varies a great deal from season to season.

How to get to Inthanon national park

To get to Inthanon National park from Chiang Mai take route 108 towards Chomthong. Follow this road for 57 km (35 miles) and turn right onto route 1009 (Chomthong-Doi Inthanon Road). Follow this road for 31km (19 miles) and you will arrive at the entrance of the park (trip time approximately 90 minutes). Once in the park you can explore it on foot or in a vehicle. While the climb is tiring, it is a great way to experience the entire park. The ranger station at the entrance to the park is well equipped and can provide maps, guides and information on the park.

Admission: 300 baht for adults, 150 baht for children

Cherry blossoms bloom (Wild Himalayan Cherry ) in Khun Wang at Doi Inthanon National Park

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Cherry blossoms are not only reserved for Japan. You can come to Chiang Mai and see their pink, little flowers in bloom right here, in the north of Thailand. The trip requires some effort and preparations, but you will not be disappointed. Cherry blossoms in Chiang Mai are as beautiful as you can imagine.

Khun Wang  Royal Agricultural Research Center is a destination and the highlight of this trip. Here is another good place for Thai Cherry Blossom where you will be WOW when you see it. Cherry blossom at Khun Wang is most beautiful than the other two that we have visited.

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Khun Wang Royal Project was established in 2525 after his Majesty King had visited Baan Khun Wang and had observed that the land had been growing opium extensively.

What he saw appalled him the terrible beauty of millions of blossoming opium poppies swaying gently in the breeze. This was the "cash crop" for the Hilltribe peoples and very meager cash at that, as drug warlords were exploiting them. Villagers were also unknowingly destroying their own environment by using "slash and burn" agricultural techniques. To let either practice continue would ultimately bring disaster to Thailand. The King's personal solution to the problem was the birth of the Royal Projects Program and the establishment of an agricultural research station at Doi Angkhang.

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Since then, the King has installed several Royal Projects Programs throughout the Kingdom to benefit Hilltribe peoples. The program aims to provide an initial financial boost to villages as well as advice and guidance to get them started on the road to self sustaining activities such as farming and the sale of handicraft work. Members of the Royal Family frequently visit these Project sites to track progress and hear village concerns. Some villages even open their doors to journalists and foreign ambassadors to show how their communities have flourished under the Royal Projects Program.

Now Khun Wang Royal Project is used to breed and develop flowering plants such as tulips, lily, cauliflowers, orchid, peach flower, and Thai Sakura cherry blossom, etc. In addition, they also plant fruit trees such as macadamia nut, peach, plum, tea, sweet potato, guava, new Arabica coffee species namely Chiang Mai 80. Everything is in place to demonstrate the beauty and brightness.

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Every year the cherry blossom season peaks from January until mid February before fading out in early March. It usually bloom for only about two weeks a year. Highly recommended to get an update on the seasonal blooms before your trip. The royal agricultural research centres can accommodate the visitors in decent cottages, but you have to wait for a long time for a reservation. Pitching a tent is the best alternative.

How to get to Khun Wang

From the city Take highway 108 (Chiang Mai - Hod) at Chom Thong. Have the right to separate the Doi Inthanon National Park Highway No. 1009 of around 30-31 km with three separate feed the village center. Then turn right and go 16 kilometers to the village of Khun Wang. Now the village is about two kilometers to the station of Agriculture Khun Wang road is paved. There might be some holes.

Kiew Mae Pan is fantastic nature trail with beautiful view

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Getting truly experience by walking along Kiew Mae Pan Nature Trail through the beautiful green forest, passing giant Rhododendrons, waterfalls and streams which leads to a cliff where you can enjoy breathtaking mountain views. This nature trail is unforgettable! The two hour hike takes you through the jungle and out to a path with the best views!

Kiew Mae Pan nature trail situates at approximately 2,200 meters above sea level, is 3.2 km. which 3 different zone of forest and takes around 2-4 hours to complete. Kew means narrow path, and this one snakes along a towering mountain range which is home to great variety of plants and animals.

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First zone, Start from the rain forest with full of moss and fern. The trail rises up through evergreen forest with an attractive waterfall. The forest floor was littered with leaves and organic matter forming a dense layer that would take long to decompose because of the cold climate. This section of the forest was devoid of human activity and therefore in superb condition.

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From the green forest, soon you will get into the big open space with the lovely view of the mountains and the cool breeze of the view points. Over look view as the birds’re fling in the sky. On the walk way , the trail will lead you along side of the mountains area through Alpine Savanna. You may be lucky and have a chance to see Mainland Sero and Goral climb on the cliff. See the twin rocks of Kiewmaeparn with the lovely view for photos

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Next up was highlight of the trek, This was the area where the pathway is narrow between two slopes in the opposite direction. On the left was the slope falling into the forest where trees grow green, tall and strong. On your right, the mountain just drops into a plunging valley that merges into other valleys, creating a beautiful contour of blueish-green. The reason why this happens is that there is more sun, rain and moisture on one side whereas the other side just gets washed out to form a slope. It was slightly dangerous because if we weren’t warned about the forest slope on our left.

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It is also a good place to see flowering red rhododendron trees that thrive on acidic soil at altitudes of 1,800 metres and above sea level, commonly found in the Himalayas.

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The bird's eye views of Phra Mahathat Naphaphon Phumisiri and Phra Mahathat Napha Methanidon (King and Queen Pagoda) can be clearly spotted. From here, on a clear day you can see all the way to Mae Chaem district. Rain water running down the mountains is clean and clear, the source of Mae Chaem and Mae Ping rivers.

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Going back, you will be led back to the forest again. You trek trough the damp forest floor under the canopy of towering trees and back to the starting point.

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How to get to Kiew Mae Pan

The Kew Mae Pan Nature Trail is found at kilometer 42 on the road to the Doi Inthanon National Park.

Entrance fee : It’s 200 baht per group to hire a guide for the trail and they will not let you in on your own.

Opening :

Trekkers on this route should seek permission from the park headquarters at Km. 31 for safety reasons. A group of not more than 15 people is recommended. Food consumption is not allowed while trekking. Kiew Mae Pan nature trail is closed for reforestation from June 1 to October 30 annually.

Visitors are recommended to visit during wintertime (December-January).

 

Phrathat Doi Kham Temple is a place for worship, faith and believe of Thai of people.

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Phrathat Doi Kham temple often referred to as Wat Doi Kham or the Golden temple is located at the top of a hill to the south west of the city.

Thai people like to go to this temple and grant for the wishes, then provide jasmine to the sacred Buddha.

Phrathat Doi Kham Temple is actually older than the city of Chiang Mai. It was established in the 7th century by the sons of Queen Chamadevi of the Haripunchai Kingdom, who had her capital in the nearby city of Lamphun. The Haripunchai Kingdom was a populated by the Mon people, who were the first to bring Buddhism to Northern Thailand.

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All around the temple, you can see various images and shrines dedicated to Queen Chamadevi and other important figures in her life story, such as her two sons and the Ruesi, or ascetic hermit, who is said to have adopted the queen as a child. According to legend, the hermit found the young princess sitting on a giant lotus flower. He raised her, and she married one of the princes of the Mon capital city Lopburi in Central Thailand. The king then sent her up north on a mission to establish a new city and sister kingdom for the Mon people.

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In the temple you can find the Buddha image of the success. Named "Luang Por Tun Jai". Because of this image, most believing Buddhists come to the temple. They want something from the image of success. If the desire is eventually fulfilled, the faithful return to show their gratitude.

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If would like to grant your wish (only one thing), ask for blessings from the Thanjai Buddha statue and tell that your Name and Surname and how many jasmine garlands you will offer after success (at least 50 or more). if your wish does come true in 3 months, you must return to fulfill your promise.

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From the photo, Thousand of Jasmine flower displace there.

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The chedi, or temple pagoda, is not very large, but it’s covered in gold and said to contain a hair of the Buddha, which is why the temple’s name includes the word phrathat, which means “holy relic”. According to a local legend, the mountain was once inhabited by a pair of giant cannibals who terrorized the local population (were they yetis?). The Buddha then paid a visit to the giants and converted them to his doctrine. He left one of his hairs with them, which they then paid reverence to daily. And it is this hair that is enshrined in the chedi.

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The courtyard contains large numbers of bells and very large gongs that visitors can strike. Several large warriors armed with swords similar to those at the Grand Palace in Bangkok and white lion figures or Singha guard the grounds. The viharn contains beautifully carved window panels, its roof is decorated with Naga bargeboards.

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When you get up to the temple parking area, the first thing you’ll notice is the gigantic seated Buddha statue which you can see from the foot hill was called ” Phra Buddha Napeesripingkaratana”. At 17 meters tall, it’s the largest seated Buddha in Chiang Mai.

The temple courtyard has many small shrines to various figures, which really gives it the feeling of a pilgrimage spot. Besides figures connected to the history of the temple (including the cannibalistic giants that were converted to Buddhism), you’ll also find shrines to Phra Mae Guan-im (Kwan-Yin Bodhisattva) and Phra In (the Hindu god Indra).

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There is an interesting folktale about Lord Buddha visiting this temple and meeting a rakshasa (demon) family who tried to eat him. Lord Buddha conquered them by sending them his kindness, which they could not stand. The rakshasa family eventually converted, revering our Lord Buddha, and also gave up consuming human flesh.

The temple grounds include a large terrace that gives a vantage point out over fields and towards the city below. At the balcony see the nice view of Rachapruk Park and the town below. You can combine a trip to the temple with Royal Flora Rachapruk or Chiang Mai Night Safari.

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How to get to Phrathat Doi Kham Temple

Wat Phrathat Doi Kham is located at the top of a hill to the south west of the Chiang Mai city in Mae Hia sub district almost 10 kilometers from the town center.

Entrance fee

The temple has an entrance fee of 30 Baht for foreigners and make sure to cover your shoulders and knees otherwise you will be asked to rent a scarf to cover up in respect of the temple and monks.

Opening Hours: 08:00 – 17:00