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Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai Thailand's second major city and its Northern Capital, Chiang Mai lies 761 km North of Bangkok and can be reached by road, rail or by air. Chiang Mai is renowned for the beauty of its people, its rich culture heritage, and the scenic beauty of the surrounding country side, replete with a wealth of tourist attractions.

Day of Roses Festival - Chiang Mai
Day of Roses Festival - A festival of rose-petal art, rose painting, roses and Bonsai, plus Mini Gardens decorated with roses. This is held in early December at Rama 9 Lanna Park, Chiang Mai.

Doi Angkhang - Chiang Mai - by Jarunee Taemsamran
Not long ago, most of the hilltribe residents of Doi Angkhang earned their living cultivating opium poppies in this vast, mountainous area of Fang district in Chiang Mai. But since the establishment of the Royal Agricultural Project Foundation in the area 28 years ago by His Majesty the King, things have gradually but definitely changed. Today the beautiful opium poppy fields on Doi Angkhang no longer exist and have become just another travelers tale.

Virtually the whole area now features arrays of brightly coloured blooms because of the cultivation of marketable flowers, fruits and vegetables such as plum, kiwi, avocado, strawberry and raspberry which once had to be imported. The hilltribes people have shifted to cultivating cold-climate plantations introduced by the Royal Agricultural Project Foundation. Hmong and Karen members in particular grow chrysanthemums, carnations, roses, asters, gladioli, lilies, orchids and several other varieties of flowers. From this produce they are able to generate a substantial income to themselves and for the country.

A Bonsai tree garden inside Doi Angkhang within walking distance of Angkhang Nature Resort, is worth a look. For a 20-baht entry fee, you can spend at least half a day enjoying the garden.

The King's Bonsai Collection at Doi Ang Khang

Located on Tanaosri mountain, Doi Angkhang is just five kilometres from the Thai-Burmese border. The climate is amazingly exotic by local standards. Situated 160 kilometres north of Chiang Mai (40 km from Fang district) and 1,400 metres above sea level, Doi Angkhang is cool all year round and temperatures can reach zero Celsius in winter.

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