The Royal Agricultural Station Angkhang, Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Royal Agricultural Station Angkhang is the project from the idea of His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej in order to support agriculture instead of opium planting. The project began when His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej traveled by a helicopter and passed this mountain peak. He saw a village and then made a visit. He saw opium fields, and a village of Muser tribesmen who at that time plaited side braid hair, wore black clothes, and carried sword on their shoulders. His Majesty the King planned to change the opium field into agricultural field. The Station therefore was found in 1969.

The Station is located in Baan Koom, Moo. 5, Mae Ngon Sub-District, Fang District, Chiang Mai, approximately 1,400 meters above the sea level. In the Station, there are fruit research center, winter flowers, farm plant demonstration, and oily plants. The purpose is to find efficient products that can substitute the tribesmen’s opium planting and develop agriculture for tribesmen in nearby area. Visitors can visit winter fruit trees planting demonstration (such as peaches, Chinese bayberries, plums, strawberries, Chinese pears, raspberries, persimmons, kiwis, and nectarines), winter plants (such as carrots and lettuces), and flowers such as carnations, roses, asters, and chrysanthemums). The Station also sells its products.

You can come and visit in this Station by private cars and public transportation. There are three ways to come here by cars: go along Doi Angkhang at Wat Had Samran km. 137 via Chiang Mai-Fang road (Road No. 107), go along Doi Angkhang at Chiang Dao District km. 79 from the center of Chiang Mai via Chiang Mai-Fang road (Road No. 107), and the road from Fang District-Norlae village which is the shortest but the steepest and the roughest route and has a military barrier (not recommended). For public transportation, use Chiang Mai-Fang or Chiang Mai-Ta Torn bus route to Doi Angkhang entrance in front of Wat Had Samran, km. 137. Then take a bus, van, or motorcycle to Doi Angkhang. If you came from Chiang Rai, you can use Chiang Rai-Doi Angkhang road.

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