Huai Phak Phai Royal Project Development Center (Thung Roeng) is at Ban Mae Ha, Ban Pong sub-district, Hang Dong district, Chiang Mai province. It is located on Hang Dong – Sa Moeng route (Highway No. 1269) between KM 15 and 16. If you head to Hang Dong, you will find the Royal Project on your left just 2.5 kilometers short of the intersection. There are 2 possible ways to get there from Chiang Mai: one, Chiang Mai – Mae Rim – Sa Moeng – Hang Dong route; or two, Chiang Mai – Hang Dong – Sa Moeng route. The distance of both routes is 32 and 43 kilometers long, respectively.
The general topography features hill slopes and a natural canals running pass the area. It elevates 540 – 600 meters above sea level. The average temperature is 22 °C. Majority of the locals are indigenous people suffering from poverty because of the failure to cultivate and low agricultural productivity.
Consequently, the Huai Phak Phai Royal Project was initiated under the royal command in 1980, and “Huai Phak Phai Royal Project Development Center” was established on the total area of 81 Rai. The Center is granted a permission to improve the condition of a devastated forest which spreads over 1,200 Rai, and to alleviate the locals’ poverty problem. There are 32 families or 1,766 people in 3 villages under the responsibility of the Center, namely Mae Ha village (Moo 3), Mae Ha village (Moo 5) and Pang Yang village (Moo 6).
The main roles of the Huai Phak Phai Royal Project Development Center cover eliciting data, conducting research and breeding various kinds of roses, particularly Royal Rose which are planted along the mountain slopes. The Center possesses not only the largest collection of different varieties of roses, but also Chayote leaves and fruits, aubergines, bush beans, and bitter gourds. The best time to visit is between October and February.
Huai Phak Phai Royal Project Development Center has collected over 209 kinds of roses. The Center focuses on research, preservation and multiplication in order to distribute to other Royal Project Development Centers, and to encourage cultivation among local farmers. Tourists can visit this remarkable attraction and appreciate the beauty of roses.