In the Pink

ianyonok

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Headed up to the Phu Chee Fah ridge to see the Himalayan Sakura Cherry trees in flower.
First stop was at the Banpot Witthaya School, at the north end of the ridge in Pha Daeng.

Location; N 19 deg 56.170', E 100 deg 30.648'.

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They are locally known as Tiger Queen trees, Nang Phaya Sua Kroang.
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The locals know how to make a buck...... they charge visitors 20 Baht to go into the school grounds to see the trees. It is actually the road that leads up to Hill 104.
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Prunus Cerasoides is found from the Himalayas through northern India, southern China, Burma and Thailand.
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Riding along the ridge road, the Christmas plants, Poinsettia, are everywhere too,
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The Sakura trees are found all along the Phu Chee Fah ridge.
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.... and more Poinsettia trees.
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Further along the ridge and very close to the main Phu Chee Fah village area, is the Watershed management Unit.
This is another favourite spot for viewing many trees together. Although, I think it was a little later than prime time.
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I believe the Watershed Management Unit is the best place to see the trees in all their splendour, on the Phu Chee Fah ridge. But I think during the first week of January would be the prime time at this spot.

Location; N 19 deg 51.347', E 100 deg 27.129'.

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Sakura Road.
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Flowers all over the ground.
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There are many other great viewing spots in north Thailand to see these trees; Phu Hin Rongkla, Doi Inthanon, Doi Tung, Doi Mae Salong, Doi Phukka and many others.
However, I am told that the only real Japanese Sakura trees are at Doi Angkhang. They were brought from Japan by the Royal Agricultural Station and have a different flower.
 

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An interesting thought, maybe a GTR dinner is worthwhile up there too.



Plenty of accommodation options



The Baan Din has excellent food too
 

ianyonok

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Although getting late in the season, we took a ride over to Doi Angkhang to check trees over there. Once we rode up near the top of the mountain, there were flowering trees everywhere.
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But, inside the Royal Agricultural centre, we saw that there are indeed different Sakura cherry trees. These have a darker pink flower with less white colour.
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Must go back next year during the first week of January, maybe right after the end of year holiday peak season.
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