Doi Ang Khang

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chasethecheese
Surfers Paradise, Australia44 contributions
Family
No online booking available for the campground. We visited in low season (July) and there were 3 families camping only. It was challenging to communicate as no one spoke English. It cost 500 Baht for the tent, mats, pillows and thick blankets which cost much more than I’d read on other blogs about camping on Doi Ang Khang. It was about 17 degrees on our visit and the bedding was sufficient. There is no Mookata (cooking on little stoves) available for dinner currently at the campground and we had to drive to the small village at the agricultural station for dinner. I only ate steamed rice but my husband had a few dishes without issue. No hot showers available either. Overall, it was a fun overnight adventure and recommended for an easy sunrise experience.
Written July 22, 2022
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Alexey K
London, UK78 contributions
It's unbelievable! Stunning scenery, no one around, just you, mountains and wind in bamboo! Everything is well maintained and extremely clean -- Bangkok or Pattaya are just big dust bins if you will compare.
A lot of hiking and mountain biking trails are well marked and in good condition, so if you are arrived here to hunt for scenery or just a have deep refreshing getaway from busy Bangkok -- you are in right place!
And it certainly worth about 3 hour of endurance drive from Chiang Rai center, because all way long you will observe impressive scenery and calm villages, frozen in time.
I suggest you take Route 1 and then 118, 109, 107 and... 1249, of course! Otherwise you won't get pleasure.
Don't trust Google maps! They will bring you in a wild village with broken bridge and an excavator :-)) When you will be driving along 109 and in very end of it face police checkpoint -- *turn to the right*, and ignore Google! That's The only correct way right now, in September 2016.
Route 1249 is the challenge for initiated, especially if you are there in night time! Seriously, have a good sleep before and don't even think of something like beer -- you will be The attention and total concentration all Very Steep Way To The Top! 8%--15% slopes, sharp 180o blind turns in different height, and *no chance for Toyota Yaris or something like this bicycle* :-)
Take a car with at least 200 hp, otherwise you will be like me -- praying all the time and making stops to cool down engine. Yaris simple can't move you, even bike will do better!

And yes, even if you are very tired and wanted something more simple when you will get back to Chiang Rai -- I suggest you to follow all these routes in reverse order.
Because if you will choose Route 2 you will be similarly stressed by a lot of villages and crazy bike drivers, who always drive in opposite direction, right in your front glass! That's bad thing and you will spend about 1 extra hour this way ( I just checked that! ).
By the way, there is a hidden pagoda in very top of Doi Ang Khang, but you can only find it if you can read Thai ( at least in very basic level like me ). However all locals are very open-minded and helpful, and if you will translate word 'pagoda' in Thai in advance and write it in a piece of paper and show it to them -- they will walk you there instantly.
Good luck! :-)
Written September 4, 2016
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Smoggy1986
Chonburi, Thailand143 contributions
Couples
Be prepared for quite a challenging drive up the mountain, very steep in places, with quite a few sharp turns. But once you get up there, the scenery is fantastic.
We spent one night camping at the top & awoke in the morning, to incredible views of being above the clouds.
Make sure that you pay a visit to the Royal Agricultural Station, especially if all of the cherry blossom is in full bloom. Even if it isn't, it is a fantastic place to walk around & look at all of the amazing plants.
Written February 1, 2019
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fred c
Oxford, UK2 contributions
Business
we have now been living in doi ang khang for about 5 years.me being a English guy my wife being thai. we have gone into buisness, and have 20 rooms on our land,the rooms are rented out to local school teachers no to tourists. how ever we also have a 12 seat tour mini van,our driver is very expieranced and a good driver. I also have a pick up truck and go into the mountains every few days. in my own opinion you MUST go there early morning, as you can see by all the pics also the kings agricultural project is well worth a visit.and don't for get the hot springs in fang
Written February 1, 2017
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Wesley N
Lamphun, Thailand15 contributions
Family
We recently stayed here in one of their inexpensive bungalows. At 650 baht a night they are a steal. Doi Ang Khang is a agricultural Royal Project and is well worth a visit. We wandered the expansive grounds where the Royal Project was growing strawberries, peaches, kiwi, among other fruits not usually grown in Thailand. The main attractions to this place are the elevation, the wonderful views, the Royal Project, and the cool temps. From November to January the nighttime temps will drop into single digits Celsius - really cold for Thailand. And during this time expect the place to be mobbed. Better to come in low season.
Written June 19, 2014
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Raelene H
Melbourne, Australia1,508 contributions
Couples
We travelled from Tha Ton for nearly two hours south west in a songthaew to Doi Angkhang to see the Royal Agricultural Project. Chilly when we left at 8:00am, driving through a blanket of fog around steep hairpin bends and windy roads to reach the truly beautiful Doi Angkhang Royal Agricultural Project. Stunning scenery, flowers - and vegetables. Would be a great place for children with paths, steps, stepping stones, nooks and crannies to be explored. Some great lookouts along the way and you can stop at local hill tribe villages.
But the garden was the winner. And the views. All those lovely cool weather flowers that I miss from home. Beautifully maintained - entrance is not expensive. Some nice places to eat and not overly crowded. A must see destination.
Written December 1, 2016
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Markkok
Singapore23 contributions
Friends
Be sure to go in a comfortable car. We took a sturdy pick-up but with 2 narrow flat seats at the back that were uncomfortable for the long journey.

Need to find a guide or via a good travel agency that has a proper itinerary so that you can see and visit places along the way like cave, hot spring and waterfall which we missed because our driver cum guide didn't quite understand English. Realised later that it was his first time to the place with his friend giving direction most of the way. He was nice though as he managed to show us the Thailand/Myanmar border and the mountain tribe and their farms.
Written March 3, 2016
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clemierynie143
Bangkok, Thailand135 contributions
Couples
When I first arrive in Doi Ang Khang, I was amazed by the wonderful scenery of place and wonderful weather. I was living in Ang Khang Resort which is just next to Kings Project. The only down side is that the transport is rather expensive which is 3000 to get there. It was supposed to be 1500 Baht but when comes to payment, they insist on 3000 because I have to include his journey back. So do be careful and ask properly if you are going there.

my day started well when I step into the Kings Project in Doi Ang Khang ( DAK). The King wanted the minority tribal people to be able to survive well and not to keep growing Poppy for opium that he decided to buy over the first plot of land and slowly develop to what it is today. He personally looking to all aspects of the project which is truly amazing for a King to be Hands On for something in such a major scale. You look at DAK and you cant help to admire and respect this man vision.

I walked on foot onto the premises, there were lots of beautiful flowers grown there, research centre for Roses, Herbs like rosemary, nursery for Vegetables such as frizzy, and even Camomile. Who would expect to see, strawberries, kiwi, peach, pears, japanese apricots and many many more grown in a hot tropical country like Thailand. I felt I was in paradise.

I have the food in the restaurant there, I would say the portions and taste are decent and prices are reasonable. I had quite a feast there.

overall the trip was excellent and would definitely go back again in future. I want to explore and learn more about this wonderful vision of The King, a man that rules the country with a heart of gold. He is really a PEOPLE King
Written December 17, 2015
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Becca A
Lexington, KY6 contributions
Solo
I lived at Ang Khang for 2 months, working with the local Thai's and completing a sustainable agriculture internship, so my review is more for someone who wants to see things that aren't considered "main attractions".
First off, this station is huge. Arriving at the main building where the restaurant and check in counter are is situated nearly in the middle of the expansive station. Most of it won't be accessible, but asking can never hurt.
First, I would suggest talking a walk. The bonsai garden and hiking path are beautiful, as others have stated. Walking to the Chinese village at the front of the station will give you a sense of how locals go about everyday life. In this small village (it's hard to even call it a village, you could throw a stone across most of it) a fresh fruit truck comes most days with delicious Thai fruit. Try any of it!
A hill tribe village, Kob Dong, gets many visitors. From this village on a clear day you can see down the mountains to Fang City, the closest city to Ang Khang. You are also able to see the rows of strawberrys growing on the opposite side of the mountain, which replaced opium poppies.
Not sure if visitors are able to visit the border patrol station, but here you can walking up to the Thai-Myanmar border and see across. All the men stationed here are incredibly friendly, and it's a good place to talk about history if you are into that.
If hiking is your thing, ask about the trail that leads to an overlook, looking out towards the tea-growing hills. Its a beautiful path, but you may be told to bring a guide, as it can become confusing for those not familiar with their surroundings.
And finally, eat food to your hearts delight! The restaurant has delicious plates, as does the Chinese village at the stations entrance. Grab a beer, sit outside, and a friendly worker is bound to strike up a conversation. Before you go, find a Doi Kham food product that you would like to bring home. Doi Kham is the royal project brand, so all the fruit, vegetables and tea grown at Ang Khang falls under this category!
Written January 30, 2014
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gnoriep74
Singapore, Singapore122 contributions
Friends
Doi Ang Khang is about 3.5 hrs drive from Chiang Mai and its well worth the drive up there! The scenery is amazing and the hill tribes are well worth a visit too!
Try the food at the Royal Agricultural station! The vegetable tempura is amazing! We love everything recommended by the manager! As Doi Ang Khang is up on the mountains, it can get chilly. Do bring warm clothes, depending on season.
Written October 9, 2018
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