When we raised topic about traveling in Chiang Rai, most of peoples tend to imagine of important landmarks such as White Temple, Phu Chi Fa, Doi Tung Royal Project, shopping in local market or even shopping in Mae Sai district. Only few peoples will have idea of eco-based tourism in Doi Chaang area.
On August 13, 2013 Chiang Raio Vocational College together with Chiang Rai Provincial Administration Organization have launched Doi Chaang as a new tourist destination. For people who need more adventure style of travelling this might be your first choice among those when you visit Chiang Rai next time.
This route has many interesting spots, such as Driving through Stream-way at Huay Saan Plubpla Reservoir, Visit Border Patrol Police’s School which mainly supported by HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Hiking in pine forest which is beautiful equivalent to Obluang National Park in Chiang Mai Province.
Or even relax yourself in cold-climate plantation at Agriculture Research and Develop Center.
Stunning sunrise and sunset view point at Doi Chaang.
Buddha Garden which is surrounded by green bamboo forest. You can sit here for just relaxing or even doing meditation. In this garden there is A sacred spring, or “Holy Well”, is a small body of water emerging from underground. This spring water was brought to the celebration of 60th His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Visit Huay Chompoo waterfall which has a high of 90 metres, try tasting Arabica Coffee at Agricultural and Development Center.
Or even tasting for wild-civet coffee at Doi Chaang coffee shop, civet coffee is made from coffee cherries that have been passed through the digestive system of a Civet, a cat-sized mammal found in Southeast Asia and Southern China. A unique combination of enzymes in the civet’s stomach enhances the coffee’s flavour by breaking down the proteins that typically give the coffee its bitter taste.
When swallowed, the inner beans will pass through the civet’s system undigested. Once eliminated, the coffee beans are still covered in some inner layers of the cherry and must be further processed to extract the coffee bean prior to roasting.
The wild Civets will feast on only the ripest and sweetest coffee cherries when the fruit is at its peak, which ensures that only the best beans have been ingested. The farmers of Doi Chang Village gather the civet processed coffee beans from the forest floor, flush the coffee beans from the remaining layers of fruit, sun dry and hand select only the finest wild Civet coffee beans.
The best time for travelling in this tourist destination is winter (October- February) which the weather is cool or sometime freezing!, rainy season (June-September) is also good as well but you might be consider driving with fourwheels-drive vehicles or motocross and definitely skilled driver are needed ,because of the route will be very muddy during this time.
Don’t expect much that you will find 4-5 stars hotels around this area, better have your own camping gears. For more information about accommodations and camping you can contact Agricultural and Research Center Doi Chaang ([email protected] or call 053-605941 ,053-605955. Rate of accommodation here is around 100-400 THB/night and if you have your own tent camp you have to pay 100 THB/tent.
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