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Pa Kia Doi Chiang Dao Agricultural Research Station Pa Kia Doi Chiang Dao Agricultural Research Station
Amphoe Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai
0 5322 2014 or 0 5394 4052
Managed by the Faculty of Agriculture, Chiang Mai University, Pa Kia Chiang Dai Station is blessed by its location that provides the best view of Doi Luang Chiang Dao, a famous beautiful hill located nearby. It is also home to numerous local birds you won’t find elsewhere, making it is ideal for bird-watching lovers. During winter-season months, your morning is greeted by a sea of fog right at doorsteps while the sky is full of starry stars at night. Dorms are available for overnight stays, but it requires a permission from the Faculty, as research students are prioritised.
Contact: Pa Kia Doi Chiang Dao Agricultural Research Station, Faculty of Agriculture, Chiang Mai University, tel. 0 5322 2014 or 0 5394 4052.
Getting there: Take Highway 107 until you reach Ban Mae Na, where you will turn left following the sign of ‘Mae Taman Watershed Management Unit’. After another 21 kilometres, turn right at an intersection, a steep road then leads you through Pang Hong and Pang Hang villages. Turn right at Ban San Pa Kia School, continue on the road. The station is 500 meters away.
Take Highway 107 from Chiang Mai via Mae Rim and Mae Malai (visitors can buy supplies here at Mae Malai market), and Mae Taeng. Continue till you reach Ban Mae Na, where there is a separate left turn with a sign for ‘Mae Taman Watershed Management Unit’. After about 21 kilometres there is an intersection. Turn right. This road is steep and unpaved and leads to Pang Hong Village and Pang Hang Village. The road continues and becomes steeper. Go straight past the turnoff for the Pa Den Ya Khat Ranger Station. Turn right towards Ban San Pa Kia School. From there, continue to the Mae Taman Watershed Management Unit. The Research Station is about 500 m up the road, which is very steep.
From the Station, visitors can get back on Highway 107 via Kaeng Phan Tao Village. Approximately 12 kilometres from the Station, visitors will find an intersection. Turning either right or left will bring you to the main road. Going right, the road passes Pak Iak Village, tea plantations and a hilltribe community. The road is paved but is still rather steep. It leads to Kaeng Phan Tao Village and Highway 107.