TRAVEL DATE: 12-13 December 2016
DESTINATION: Chiang Mai Province
ACCOMMODATION: Dusit Princess Hotel Chiang Mai
Ever since the passing of King Bhumibol, there has been a renewed interest in the royal projects that he initiated around Thailand. Most of these were set up to help local local people to learn about sustainable farming and also to help them to sell their produce. Tourists can visit many of these projects. Some of them also offer homestay options. However, unless you have your own transport, many of them are not easy to reach. I also visited a few other notable attractions in Chiang Mai. During the trip, I tweeted live on @RichardBarrow. Click to see the embedded tweets for Day 1 and Day 2.
The following map shows the places that I visited during the trip:
LIST OF PLACES I VISITED:
Thung Roeng Royal Project,ศูนย์พัฒนาโครงการหลวงทุ่งเริง,18.791458 98.809696
Huai Phak Phai Royal Project,โครงการหลวงห้วยผักไผ่(ทุ่งเริง),18.811989 98.816158
Ban Rai Kong Khing,ชมรมส่งเสริมการท่องเที่ยวชุมชนบ้านไร่กองขิง,18.726341 98.909898
Borsang Umbrella Village,หมู่บ้านทำร่มบ่อสร้าง,18.764163 99.082467
MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum,MAIIAM,18.757196 99.093715
Doi Inthanon national park,อุทยานแห่งชาติดอยอินทนนท์,18.588712 98.487095
Royal Chedis,พระมหาธาตุนภเมทนีดล และพระมหาธาตุนภพลภูมิสิริ,18.552794 98.479892
Royal Agricultural Station,สถานีเกษตรหลวงอินทนนท์,18.543288 98.8747020093
Royal Agricultural Research Centre,ศูนย์วิจัยเกษตรหลวงเชียงใหม่,18.627838 98.507131
PHOTO ALBUM: DAY 1 – Our first stop was to the Thung Roeng Royal Project Development Center in Chiang Mai. This was initiated by King Bhumibol to help support local farmers. They have recently opened up to tourism and so visits are possible. However, most people go to the nearby Royal Rose Garden in the Huai Phak Phai Royal Project. The restaurant at the Royal Rose Garden has a very good menu using organic produce from the Royal project. After lunch, we visited Ban Rai Kong Khing, which is a village with cultural activities for tourists. The most popular activity is a massage using hot oil. Afterwards, we made a brief visit to Borsang Umbrella Making Center in San Kamphaeng District of Chiang Mai. You can join a free tour here to see how they make and decorate umbrellas and fans. You can also have mobile phone cases decorated. Our final stop today was at the excellent MAIIAM. This is a new museum of contemporary art in Chiang Mai. The building facade is amazing as it looks invisible. The temporary show at MAIIAM is by Kanin Lertchaiprasert. His solo exhibit is here until 6 February 2017. Very thought provoking.
PHOTO ALBUM: DAY 2 – Our first stop in the morning was at the top of Doi Inathon, the highest point in Thailand. It is 2565 meters above sea level. It was a chilly 10°C. On Doi Inthanon stand two chedis called Naphamethinidon & Naphaphonphumisiri, built for the 60th birthday anniversary of King IX & his Queen. We next drove to Chom Thong District in Chiang Mai. Here we had lunch at Inthanon Restaurant in the Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon. Nearby, we also explored the beautiful Royal 80th Anniversary Gardens. Our final stop was a brief visit to the Khun Wang Royal Project Development Center in Mae Wang District of Chiang Mai. Again this is open to the public. They also have homestay if you want to learn more about farming life.