Mon Cham Off The 1096 From Mae Rim - Recommended!

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    Hello forum!

    I just got a tip from this very friendly young café-owner about a newly opened place named Mon Cham off the 1096.

    The place it self is located along the very top of a ridge with stunning near 360° views of the surroundings.
    From what i understand its part of a royal project, and is still under construction. However, the restaurant and café is open so you can have your stimulants of choice in a stilted bamboo hut hanging over the edge if you like. On the other side an "artistic garden" is taking shape with foot paths and some sculptures, and although its still under construction it all has that amazing "only in Thailand" feel to it.

    The turn-off is on your right hand side, coming from Mae Rim, in the first village (Pong Yaeng?) about 4km's after the royal botanic garden. Its well signed from 1096 all the way up. Makes for a splendid ice-cream waffle brake before heading on around Samoeng, or one can easily spend a day up there just enjoying the mountains. I just visited myself for the first time yesterday, Saturday, and the place was absolutely packed, so if you like to avoid that i suppose a weekday would be a better option. Absolutely worth a visit!

    Happy trails :)
     
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    #2 DavidFL, Mar 17, 2012
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    The turn off is the Nong Hoi Royal Project road.
    Mon Cham is in Nong Hoi Mai village & is well signposted.
    Just follow the signs...
    After you turn off in Nong Hoi Mai village, the last 100 metres are steep stony gravel, that you may not like if you're on a road bike.

    The Nong Hoi road

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    The views

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    Mon Cham sits right on the ridgeline

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    Mon Cham is worth checking out & is on a nice side loop from off R1096, the Mae Rim - Samoeng road.

    See
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    for options on the Samoeng loop that take in Nong Hoi & Mae Khi.
     
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    On R1096, east of the Nong Hoi turn off, a new drink stop.
    The Post Bar

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    a beautiful road side view

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    & a perfect stop for a cooling soda

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    check it out sometime.
     
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    If you want to avoid that last section there is another spot, Mon In Dao, going on up past the turn to Mon Chaem, and on the left side just past the sala next to the radio towers at the top of the primary road. Look for the tents as it is also a Thai style camp spot. Less expensive than Mon Chaem, it has a great view looking back west over Nong Hoi. Best in late afternoons with a setting sun.
     
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    A plug for Mon Cham which is booming at the moment with cold season & thousands of Thais flocking there for the night to sleep in a tent & observe the sea of fog in the morning.

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    A late update from 30 December 2019

    Resort evictions ordered

    The Royal Forest Department has served eviction orders on three resorts illegally built inside the forest zone at Mon Cham in Chiang Mai province.

    Cheevapab Chivatham, director of the forest fire prevention and control office who headed the operation to deal with forest encroachment in Doi Mae Cham in Mae Rim district, said the department is now in the process of scanning the whole 229 rai area under the forest development project to identify more lawbreakers.

    "So far, the department has served eviction orders on three resorts that are accused of contravening the forest law," he said.

    He said the department has a clear policy to exercise article 25 of the forest law which makes it illegal for resorts on the land to be owned by investors who are not local to the area.

    The law also streamlines the judicial procedures involved as the boundary lines are very clear, according to Mr Cheevapab

    "We don't need to wait for the court's verdict as we have very clear maps of the forest border. It is important to send a strong message to both foreign and Thai investors that it is not worth investing in businesses in the forest zone," he said.

    According to the procedure, the department must erect a sign outside an illegal resort notifying its owners that they must demolish the buildings and return the land to the department.

    "There is provision for a second warning to be issued, but the eviction process should not take more than three months," he said.

    The department has already put up eviction notices outside three resorts and more are in the pipeline. Mr Cheevapab said these resorts are owned by foreign and Thai investors who bought the land from hilltribe families and started the resort businesses with permanent buildings on the top of the hill.

    Mr Cheevapab also said the department would verify 63 more smaller-scale resorts which are mostly operated by local people who have been granted a right to stay on the forest land.

    He added the department needs to organise these micro resorts and study regulations to find out whether they are lawfully able to operate tourism businesses.

    He said they might adopt the model used in Phu Thap Boek in Phetchabun province where state agencies and local people came together to establish rules that would allow them to operate small homestays in the mountainous area.

    Meanwhile, the chief of the Royal Forest Department (RFD), Attapol Charoenchansa, said that at least two of the resorts in question owned by foreign investors, which is against the law.

    Legal action will begin soon, he said.

    Mr Attapol said the department has already begun legal proceedings against three resorts where the rights to use the land have been transferred to the outsiders. They are Mon Sansiri Jantra, Mondoiloifha Homestay and Bantajun.

    Earlier, a meeting of those who reside in the RFD's 229-rai land allocation area in Mon Cham found 38 plots were being used legally, while 12 plots had expanded beyond their allowed boundaries.

    "Any construction must stop right now. If not, they will have no longer have any right to use the land and they will face legal action," he said.

    Those forest zone in Mon Cham is part of the government's project to allocate land to the poor.

    However, it was quickly discovered that many illegal resorts had sprung up, so the department set up a team to investigate as well as better organise the legal, locally-owned smaller resorts which had also begun to encroach into reserved areas.

    In July, the Chiang Mai governor said authorities were concerned with the rapid expansion of resorts in the area and it was necessary to survey and make sure only legal businesses remain.

    In the same month, about 200 military, police and administrative joint force officers examined more than 40 resorts in the area.​


    Source: Bangkok Post 30 December 2019
    Resort evictions ordered
     

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