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Study Trip

A Visit to The Royal Project at Doi Ang Khang, Huai Hong Khrai Royal Development Study Centre and a visit to Mae Kampong village in Mae On district Chiang Mai Province

Friday, 5 January to Sunday, 7 January 2018
Leader: Dr. Weerachai Nanakorn, 1st Vice President and Leader of the Natural History Section

 

 

Doi Ang Khang : Located in the northwest of Chiang Mai province, close to the border with Myanmar, Doi Ang Khang is five kilometres long and rises 1,400 metres. Enclosed by even higher limestone peaks, this remote area mirrors scenes from the novel “Lost Horizon”; best remembered as the origin of the mythical Shangri-La. The Royal Agricultural Station Ang Khang is located in Ban Khum village, Mae Ngon sub-district, amphur Fang. The agricultural research area in the station covers 1,989 rai (318.25 hectares) and there are nine villages within the station. These villages are inhabited by four different minority peoples - Thai Yai, Black Lahu, Palong and Chinese Yunnanese.

Doi Ang Khang has cool weather all year round with an average temperature of 17.1 degrees celsius. The highest temperature is 35-38 degrees celsius in April and the lowest in January is about 1-2 degrees Celsius. Average rainfall is 2,015 mm. per year. The station is designed for conducting experiments on possible temperate plants to be grown in Thailand. The experiments are aimed at promoting the cultivation of cash crops to replace hill tribe’s opium plantations. In 1969, His Majesty The King Bhumibol Adulyadej gave his private funds to established The Royal Project Foundation under the directorship (and authorize under the guidance) of H.S.H. Bhisadej Rajani as the Chairman of Royal Project.  It is mainly working on research about temperate fruit, exotic flowers and vegetables to be a model for the hill tribes to plant for their living.

Today, almost 50 years on, the valley is a thriving tourist attraction, replete with beautiful gardens and fruit orchard.  The project produces a wide variety of temperate fruits including Chinese peaches, Chinese pears, persimmon, plums, grapes, apricots, strawberries, passion fruit, figs and other fruits, like kiwi fruit and pomegranates.

Huai Hong Khrai Royal Development Study Centre: Located in Doi Saket District, Huai Hong Khrai was established in 1982 under His Majesty the King’s initiative and driven largely as a result of drought and forest fires caused by extensive forest destruction and poaching. The centre is located in the Pa Khun Mae Kuang National Park, a mountainous and forested region heavily degraded where the study centre is located. Studies at the centre encompass watershed development as an appropriate model with forest areas designated for planting three types of forest with four applications: economic crops, fruit trees and firewood, plus the fourth application for soil conservation and watershed area to engender moisture and recover the degraded area.

Water supplies come from three sources - hill irrigation systems, rainfall, and from water collected in small check dams built to preserve moisture in the area. Other studies have examined agro-forestry development, watershed sources, forest ecology, wet firebreaks, the breeding of wild animals in watershed forests, soil development, conservation management, as well as studying different aspects of agricultural development. The center experimented with a phased development pattern to make farmers self-supportive without destroying their natural surroundings.

Mae Kampong Village in Mae On district: The beautiful village of Mae Kampong and its surrounding area have long been a source of enjoyment and inspiration to not only the locals that happily reside there, but also to fortunate visitors from around the world. Located just a short distance from the city of Chiang Mai – visitors to Mae Kampong will instantly feel  they have stepped back in time, with traditional teak houses dotting the nearby mountains . Mae Kampong remains a true hidden gem of nature – a beautiful and scenic location in the mountains surrounding  Chiang Mai.

Under the leadership of Dr.Weerachai Nanakorn, 1st Vice President and the Leader of the National History Section, The Siam Society is arranging a study trip for members to visit:

 

 

The tentative programme will be as follows:

Day 1: Friday, 5 January 2018

06:50 a.m. Depart Bangkok Don Mueang Airport for Chiang Mai by Nok Air flight DD8302
08:00 a.m. Arrive at Chiang Mai Airport and proceed to Huai Hong Khrai Royal Development Study Centre.
Morning Visit the study centre and tour of the center.
Noon Lunch at a restaurant near Doi Saket.
Afternoon Visit the small and very beautiful village of Ban Mae Kampong at altitude of 1300 m., about 50 km. northeast of Chiang Mai.
Evening Return to Chiang Mai and check in at Kantary Hills Hotel in the city of Chiang Mai
- Dinner at own arrangement.

Day 2: Saturday, 6 January 2018

- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Checkout and proceed to Doi Ang Khang, located in the northwest of Chiang Mai, close to the border with Myanmar -about 176 km. from Chiang Mai, at altitude of 1,400 m.
All day Visit and enjoy the work being done under the Royal Project.
Noon Lunch at Ang Khang Royal Project’s restaurant.
Late afternoon Check in at Amari Hotel Ang KhangNature Resort at Doi Ang Khang
Evening Dinner and overnight at the resort.

Day 3: Sunday, 7 January 2018

- Breakfast at the resort.
9:30 a.m. Check out and proceed to Chiang Mai.
Enroute Visit Doi Kham production centre in Fang district and learn about Doi Kham products
Lunch At a local restaurant in Fang district.
Afternoon Visit Queen Sirikit Botanic Garden, Mae Rim district
Late Afternoon Proceed to Chiang Mai Airport
Dinner at own arrangement at the airport
19:15 p.m. Depart Chiang Mai for Bangkok by Nok Air, flight DD8317.
20:15 p.m. Arrive at Bangkok Don Mueang Airport.

Booking

Your contribution of Bt. 19,500 will cover hotel for 2 nights, 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner, airfares from Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Bangkok, entrance fees and other costs incurred to make this trip possible. Bt. 20,500 for nonmembers. Single room surcharge Bt. 4,500.

Remark: As this trip is taking place at the peak of the high season when accommodation is expensive and scarce we ask members to sign up as soon as possible.

Please pay by cash or cheque payable to “The Siam Society”. Alternatively you can deposit/transfer the money to the Siam Society travel account at the Thai Military Bank, Asoke Branch saving account no. 053-2-18000-7. Please fax or e-mail the deposit or transfer docket to us. There is a 4% surcharge for credit/debit card payment to cover bank charges.

The Siam Society reserves the right to change the programme as necessary. Seats are limited. Please book your place as soon as possible. For further information and bookings please contact Khun Prasert or Khun Supanut.