Attractions in Chiang Dao

Lanna National Park
Sri Lanna National Park in those days was just the forest origin of Mae Ngad Dam in Mae Ngad Forest, Mae Taeng Forest and Chiang Dao Forest. In 1985, as the Royal Forest Department surveyed the forest and found that this area was fertile, Sri Lanna National Park was established and counted 1 of the 6 national parks in Thailand. The National Park was granted to celebrate His Majesty the King’s Birthday on his 5th cycle on 5 December 1987.

Sri Lanna National Park contains complicated mountains with fertile forests that are the origin of many rivers going to Ping River Ngad River, Kang River, Mae Fang River and Fang River. With the height of 400-1,600 meters, forests in the park are of various kinds deciduous forest, dipterocarp forest, hill evergreen forest and ever green forest, therefore the trees are of variety so. tiger, barking deer, sar, wild boar, goat, antelopes, hare, red jungle fowl, monkey and bird of many kinds.

Outstanding Attraction
• Bird Watching Point: Situated not so far from the Office of the National Park, the bird watching point is an empty space. You should come here in winter – from November to February, as you may see migrated birds such as seagull, teal and kingfisher.
• “Mae NgadSomboon Chol” Dam The dam was built in 1977 for water and electricity supply. It is the clay that is 59 meters in height and 1,950 meters in length. In the area stands the fertile nature as it is well nurtured by the Royal Forest Department. For tourists, you don’t need any other attractions at all if you come here, as you could breathe in fresh air and see the beautiful scenery here besides going on the boat to have sightseeing around the dam or going fisning. In the evening, you could see fields, houses and people that are tar away when you stand at the ridge of the dam as well as watching the beautiful sunset.

Mae Fang National Park
History: In 1968, Chiang Mai Regional Forest Office founded a retreat at Pong Nam Ron Sub-district in Fang District, Chiang Mai.

In 1981 Royal Forest Department established ‘The Fang Hot Spring National landmark”.

In 1988 National Park Division expanded to include the Nam Fang National Forest in Mae Eye and Fang and Chaipha karn district Chiang Mai. mae Fang National Park now covers 524 squar kilometers.

Geography and Climate : Most of the area consists of mountains of the Phi Pan Nam Range. The altitude ranges from 400 to 2,285 meters above mean sea level. Note worthy mountains include Doi Pa Horn Pok (the second highest mountain in Thailand), Doi Pu Muen, Doi Laem, Doi Ang Khang which contain the origin of the Fang river.

There are three distinet seasons, each providing varied conditions. The cold season (Nov-Feb) is fine weather and the most comfortable for hiking and camping. In January is the coldest weather. The hot season (March-May) means playing in the waterfalls and April is the hotest weather. The rainy season (June – Oct) brings forth a burst of vibrant greens in the forest and healthy populations of insects.

Plants and Wildlife: The park’s largely virgin woodlands include dry diptero-carp, pine, evergreen and mixed deciduous forests. These forests contain many valuable plants such as teak, hopea and pterocarpus. A rare short-lived annual is found on Doi Pha Horn Pok.

Doi Pha Horn Pok‘s height and proximity to the forests of Burmese species that have found refuge at Pha Horn Pok include muntjac, barking deer.

Fang Hot Spring: A natural active hot spring. The water, bubbling up from the hot granite rock below, temperature is 90 to 100 degree celcius in many pools, is almost at boiling point and eggs can be hard-boiled for your picnic. The main pool contains a 40 to 50 meter geyser. It is located 10 kilometers from Fang district near the Mae Fang National Park Headquarter.

Huai Mae Jai is a crystal clear steam that flows all year. It is only 300 meters from Fang Hot Spring.

There are many beautiful waterfalls at Mae Fang National Park

Pong Nam Dang Fall: It is located at Ban Mae Soon Noi, Mai Soon Sub-district, Fang District. A beauitful waterfall which is always flowing.
Huay Hian Fall: There are seven stories, north of Huay Hian Steam and three kilometers from Huay Bon Cave.

Tad Mok Fall: It is four kilometers from Mae Ai district near the paved road. The water is said to fall like shattered glass into a sparkling mist.

Na Ma Euen Fall. It is located in the middle of the forest at Mae Sao Sub-district in Mae Ai Distirct: It is a big waterfall which has 3 stories.
These waterfalls have water all year. And they are very unspoiled. So we can see moss and ferns throughout the area.

Doi Pha Horn Pok
It is the second highest mountain in Thailand, 2,285 meters above mean sea level. It has a float plateau on top because of a constant strong wind. From the top you can see a beautiful view and a road, built for international security, at parallels the Burmese border. And the area’s virgin forests provide an important watershed.

1) Mae Fang National park Tel. (66) 5345-1441 Ext. 302
2) Chiang Mai Regional Forest Office, Muang District, Chiang MaiTel. (66) 5381-8348

Conservation: National Parks here in Thailand and all over the world are the last stronghold of biological diversity, harboring the last remaing protected pristine place where animals of all kinds can live and roam freely undisturbed. As the world loses more and more species to extinction, and we realise and understand the delicate balance of Mother Nature that every plant, tree, flower, insect, snake, bird and animal has a purpose and a role to play in the dance of life, these national parks will be increasingly important for future generations.