His Majesty’s most everlasting legacy
A visit to Northern Thailand already assures one of encountering beauty at every turn, however, a trip to any of the Royal Project initiative locations reveals something more, and gives tourists a chance to see the fruits of the seeds of self-sufficiency that His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej planted so long ago.
At Doi Tung in the Mae Fah Luang district of Chiang Rai, the main attraction is the Doi Tung Royal Development Project, where guests can roam the botanical gardens, visit the private residence of the Princess Mother, and check out the ceramics and textile factories, as well as the area’s coffee and tea plantations. This area is also home to the Hall of Opium, at the Golden Triangle, and the Mae Fah Luang Art & Cultural Park—the region’s largest collection of Lanna art and cultural artifacts. However, adventure seekers can also enjoy the many hiking, cycling, and river rafting experiences available.
By contrast Doi Ang Khang, which is somewhat equidistant from both Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai, offers its own array of attractions to explore. Check out the Royal Angkhang Station Project to learn about the region’s agricultural activities, or take the opportunity to experience the culture of the ethnic minorities, as four different hilltribes are located in this area—Musur, Palong, Thai Yai, and Jean Hor—and all can be visited. There’s also mule riding, trekking, mountain biking, and bird watching on offer.
For the true “overview” of the Royal Projects, make the visit to Doi Inthanon—at 2,565 m it’s Thailand’s tallest peak—and if you visit in the winter months you’ll see the blossoming of the Siamese sakura flowers all over the area. Of course any time of year is great for a visit, as you can check out the iconic twin Royal Pagodas of the Royal Project Doi Inthanon, and marvel at the lush fruit and vegetable gardens, as well as the verdant tea and coffee plantations. Afterwards, get up close to nature on one of the many trekking trails that lead past hidden waterfalls and hilltribe villages.
Other Royal Projects of note include the Pang Ung Royal Initiative Project in Mae Hong Son, and the Pang Kha Royal Project in Phayao.
Discover the Royal Projects on one of the Smiling Albino tours.