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Vibrant Colors of Doi Tung
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Vibrant Colors of Doi Tung

 

Doi Tung of Chiang Rai was once a deforested area covered in opium plantations. Today, it turns vibrant with development projects.

The spectacular Doi Tung Range borders Thailand and Myanmar at its northernmost tip. From an onerous and inaccessible place, Doi Tung nowadays becomes a lush and vibrant destination.

Doi Tung welcomes all visitors to the landscaped Mae Fah Luang Botanical Garden. Located on the site of former Pa Kluay Akha Village, once was a major opium production hub of the infamous Golden Triangle, the exotic botanical garden is rich in temperate breeds of flower. Fountains, stone art and wooden sculptures are scattered all over the place.

Recently, the garden has been extended by a treetop path so visitors can see the garden and the surrounding jungle from a bird’s eye view. The rope bridges lead visitors through the forest, where they can see coffee plants, seasonal trees and great mountain views.

On the hill overlooking the garden is Doi Tung Royal Villa, the former royal residence of HRH the late Princess Mother. The residence once served as her base for monitoring work progress on Doi Tung development projects. Now it remains in a very good condition and worthwhile a visit.

A short drive to the mountain top is Mae Fah Luang Arboretum, which houses the largest collection of Rhododendron in Southeast Asia. There are several rhododendron species from Australia, Belgium, Japan and China. The garden offers panoramic views of Myanmar.

Moreover, Doi Tung is filled with a number of development projects that create jobs and opportunities that dramatically change the lives of hill tribers.

 

How to get there: Doi Tung is located some 65 kilometer north of Chiang Rai City accessible via Highway 1 and 1149.