San Pa Kia, Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai or “Nop Buri Nakorn Pink”, the former capital of the Lanna kingdom, is considered an area of nature, cold weather, and diverse culture. Being a hub of several ancient realms, Chiang Mai has been a center of exchanging knowledge, religions, architecture, and commerce for centuries. This facet has created the unique Lanna characteristics. Read more
The name was changed from Fha Hom Pok National Park because of the name of a high hill at Dan Lao Moutain Range. The highest hill in the park is about 2285 meters above sea level. On the top of the hill, there is granite and a shallow layer of soil. It is quite windy all the year. and the ridge road being parallel with the border of Thailand-Myanmar. Read more
Doi Ang Khang is a part of Dan Lao mountain range along the border of Myanmar and maintains year round cool temperatures. Mountain mists can be always seen here and the place is perfect for winter plants. Apart from the first Royal Project of Winter Plant Research Station, which was founded in 1969, you can also see and learn about the interesting cultures of hill tribe people. Read more
Doi Thung is a high peak of the Nang Non Mountains in Amphur Mae Fah Luang. Doi Thung has 93,515 rai of forest area and is 1,630 meters above sea level. At this height, the weather is cool and chilly all year round. Doi Thung is now a preservation area after restoration work commissioned by the Royal Grandmother. Read more
Purchase handmade products and admire Lanna art when the whole street is turned over to pedestrians. It is truly a heaven on earth when Ratchadamnoen Road in Chiang Mai is transformed into a walking street on Sunday evenings. This allows you wonderful opportunities to shop, enjoy cultural performances and try tasty local food. Read more
Wat Chiangmun is one of the most respected temples of the Lanna people who believe that long life and good fortune will be brought upon those faithful who pay the temple a visit. This place of worship is believed have been built by Phya Mungrai and the name signifies the security and stability of the town. Wat Chiangmun is situated on Rachapakinai Road, Sripoom Sub district, Mueng District, Chiangmai. Read more
Built outside the city wall by Phya Mungrai, Wat Chiang Yuen represents long life and the endurance as the name suggests. All of the ancient kings of Chiang Mai visited and paid respects to the Omniscient Buddha here before entering the city through Chang Puek Gate. Originally the temple was named “Wat Teekacheewitsaram” which means the temple of long life. Held sacred by every local; the rite of prolonging life was generally performed here. The temple is on Maneenopparat Road, Sripoom Sub district, Mueng District, Chiangmai. Read more
Sri Lanna National Park was announced as the 60th national park in 1989. The national park is about 53 kilometers from Chiang Mai Province. It encompasses 1,406 square meters covering Prao District, Mae Taeng District, and Chiang Dao District. The office of Sri Lanna National Park is near Mae Ngad Somboonchon Dam a great spot to take a boat trip. There are numerous attractions in the park such as forests, waterfalls, lakes, mountains, and caves. Read more
Excited about the hot spring at Pong Dueat Pa Pae (Huai Nam Dang National Park), you will experience the highest temperature of hot spring at 99 degrees. It is like watching a spectacular natural show for humans as same as the biggest Geyser Hot spring of Thailand. Pong Dueat Pa Pae is one of the natural therapy destinations for healthy people. Read more
Sakura pink blossom on Doi Chiang Dao
In winter, many travelers love to go to the mountains. Sakura is the princess of pink blooms and can be seen at Pa Kia Highland Agricultural Research Station (Doi Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai Province).
Most people might not familiar with the name San Pa Kia, but the area of pink blossom and mountain mist is well worth a visit.
Kia means pines. On the top of the mountain, there are numerous pine trees and coffee plantations. Especially, in winter on Doi Chiang Dao, mountain mist and the sunlight on the horizon is very romantic. At the campsite, you can see stars and the lights from Chiang Dao.
Before going home, visit Chiang Dao and do not forget to drop by and taste pork hocks and herbs salad at Krua Chiang Dao restaurant. Coconut pudding is one of the recommended dishes at this restaurant too. For people who look for a healthy option, please try Long Pisut vegetarian restaurant in front of Chiang Dao market. The one dish that you have to try is deep-fried doughstick at Chiang Dao market. Doughstick with hot chocolate or fresh Chiang Dao coffee is delicious. One of the local dishes that you have to try is kao nueng gun jin.
Sakura flowers bloom from December to May. Getting there is quite difficult because of the bumpy gravel road. A 4-wheel drive vehicle is essential. Contact the research station of the faculty of Agriculture, Chiang Mai University at least ten days before you plan to visit.