The Doi Ang Khang Loop

Discussion in 'Touring Northern Thailand - Trip Reports Forum' started by DavidFL, May 1, 2003.

  1. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2003
    Messages:
    11,458
    Likes Received:
    1,520
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Ratings:
    +1,520 / 0 / -0
    Another over nighter with a stay in Doi Ang Khang.
    9-10.4.2015

    This time with my niece from downunder - her first time in Chiang Mai & she wanted a night away somewhere different.

    So Doi Ang Khang it was.

    A mid afternoon departure so as not to arrive in Doi Ang Khang too early.

    R107 & a Chiang Dao mountain view from the Chiang Dao bypass

    305291=22124-GTR-DoiAngKhang-01.

    After Chiang Dao its left onto R1178 the road to Arunothai.

    There's a cute coffee shop just before Rim Doi Resort

    305291=22127-GTR-DoiAngKhang-03.
    the niece didn't quite see the fascination for a silly photo with an ornamental windmill, but I did like a Thai.

    In Muang Ngai King Naresuan's memorial chedi is worth a quick look for the newbie

    305291=22125-GTR-DoiAngKhang-05.
    305291=22126-GTR-DoiAngKhang-07.

    Arunothai was hot for a late lunch,

    305291=22128-GTR-DoiAngKhang-09.
    & after getting knocked back at the border trying to take a photo at the old gate & market place. Most definitely YOU CANNOT GO! GO BACK! Oh well. It's al a bit odd I reckon, you only want to go another 100 metres to take a photo of a fence & some barbed wire; all in sight more or less.

    Here's how the border gate looked in 2003.

    305291=22132-Picture%20050.

    Onto that magic tight twisting steep undulating border road R1340 & a couple of touristy stops for the niece.

    A Pha Daeng view

    305291=22129-GTR-DoiAngKhang-11.

    A proud happy grandma with her new grandchild

    305291=22130-GTR-DoiAngKhang-13.
    whilst grandma was happy to pose & take photos her son suddenly appeared & heatedly remonstrated with me for taking photos of his son & demanded I delete my photos of his son from my camera. Which I did, but kept the phone photos. Even grandma seemed perplexed by his very hostile action. After he left we all shrugged shoulders, smiled & carried on. My pen rai.

    Another R1340 viewpoint.

    305291=22131-GTR-DoiAngKhang-15.

    more to come.
     
    • Like Like x 1
  2. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2003
    Messages:
    11,458
    Likes Received:
    1,520
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Ratings:
    +1,520 / 0 / -0
    #27 DavidFL, May 4, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2019
    First night in DAK, apart from a night in 1982.

    Here's how it was in 82

    305295=22133-DAK-GoldenOldies5.

    305295=22134-28th%20JAN%201982%20-%20Black%20Lahu%20lady,%20Ang%20Khang-161.

    305295=22135-28th%20JAN%201982%20-%20Murray,%20Ang%20Khan-50.

    305295=22136-DAK-GoldenOldies4.

    in 2015 the accommodation was the Lao Ting

    305295=22137-GTR-LaoTing-DoiAngKhang-_5.

    305295=22138-GTR-LaoTing-DoiAngKhang-_9.

    with a delightful old Chinese lady owner

    305295=22139-GTR-DoiAngKhang-19.

    More on the Lao Ting here
    Doi Angkhang places to stay

    more to come
     
    • Like Like x 1
  3. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2003
    Messages:
    11,458
    Likes Received:
    1,520
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Ratings:
    +1,520 / 0 / -0
    #28 DavidFL, May 5, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2019
    As luck would have it that night we wined & dined at the #1 restaurant at Doi Ang Khang & hooked up with some staff from the Royal Project.

    It was a big night

    305317=22183-GTR-DoiAngKhang-21.

    The guy in the middle was a character - the restaurant security guard - a mute!
    He fell in love with the niece.
    They got on well. Very hilarious.

    We had to laugh a mute security guard.
    What happens if he finds trouble - does he call out?
    No his job was to watch the security cameras & send a text message if there was trouble.
    A Shan guy he was adopted by Lahu at Doi Ang Khang at an early age & considers himself Lahu now.
    All the info came via sign language from K Montri, the guy on the right & Doi Ang Khang Royal project staffer for 25 years.
    Two amazing characters & beautiful people.

    We pulled up stumps after midnight & the niece couldn't resist a happy dog photo.

    305317=22184-GTR-DoiAngKhang-02.
     
  4. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2003
    Messages:
    11,458
    Likes Received:
    1,520
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Ratings:
    +1,520 / 0 / -0
    Up "bright an early" the next day it was rime to hit the Royal Project & beautiful Bonsai Garden.

    At the entrance there is a nice coffeeshop
    305318=22185-GTR-DoiAngKhang-10.

    Into the superb gardens & some Palong ladies

    305318=22186-GTR-DoiAngKhang-04.

    were very happy for some photos with fat old farang uncle

    305318=22188-GTR-DoiAngKhang-23.

    & his blonde niece
    305318=22189-GTR-DoiAngKhang-06.

    Also, out & about in the gardens were some Shan monks from Mong Hsat in Myanmar.
    305318=22191-GTR-DoiAngKhang-25.

    They had come down the Kok River for a trip, visiting Doi Ang Khang & then over nighting at Wat Mae Ai before going back to Myanmar up the Kok River from Tha Ton. Cool guys with their escorts. It was fun watching them play tourist, just as we were.
     
  5. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2003
    Messages:
    11,458
    Likes Received:
    1,520
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Ratings:
    +1,520 / 0 / -0
    #30 DavidFL, May 6, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2019
    The Doi Ang Khang royal project started by the King of Thailand to ween the hill tribes off opium growing.
    The agricultural research centre grows temperate fruits

    In season this is what you get

    1.Month : March – May
    Production : Peaches, English Roses, Artichoke, Green Tea, & Fireflies visit

    2.Month : June – September
    Production : Persimmon, Rhubarb, Dalia, Blueberry

    3.Month : October - February
    Production : Strawberry, Kiwifruit, Brussels sprouts

    There is also a delightful bonsai garden & a cactus garden that are well worth a look, even if you're a biker I think.
    or at least both I & the niece were impressed.

    Here is the photo collection

    The bonsai garden entrance

    305327=22214-GTR-DoiAngKhang-12.

    305327=22215-GTR-DoiAngKhang-16.
    305327=22217-GTR-DoiAngKhang-31.

    305327=22218-GTR-DoiAngKhang-32.

    305327=22219-GTR-DoiAngKhang-18.
    305327=22220-GTR-DoiAngKhang-26.

    305327=22221-GTR-DoiAngKhang-22.
    305327=22222-GTR-DoiAngKhang-24.

    Cacti

    305327=22223-GTR-DoiAngKhang-28.

    305327=22224-GTR-DoiAngKhang-30.

    305327=22227-GTR-DoiAngKhang-33.

    305327=22228-GTR-DoiAngKhang-36.

    305327=22225-GTR-DoiAngKhang-29.
    305327=22226-GTR-DoiAngKhang-37.

    305327=22229-GTR-DoiAngKhang-39.

    305327=22230-GTR-DoiAngKhang-40.

    305327=22231-GTR-DoiAngKhang-41.

    305327=22232-GTR-DoiAngKhang-42.

    305327=22233-GTR-DoiAngKhang-43.

    Plus a few flowers

    305327=22234-GTR-DoiAngKhang-45.

    305327=22235-GTR-DoiAngKhang-48.

    305327=22236-GTR-DoiAngKhang-49.

    305327=22237-GTR-DoiAngKhang-50.

    305327=22238-GTR-DoiAngKhang-51.

    Apologies for the big collection of garden photos, but the idea was to encourage more people - riders & their GFs to stop & take a look inside.
    It is worth it & Doi Ang Khang is a magic getaway spot with no polution, noise or traffic + fresh mountain air.

    Enjoy I certainly did.

    305327=22239-DSC_6026~2B.

    You can check out some GTR Golden Oldies for Doi Ang Khang here

    Doi Ang Khang

    and here

    The Palong
     
  6. brian_bkk

    brian_bkk Ol'Timer

    Joined:
    Mar 30, 2010
    Messages:
    2,142
    Likes Received:
    277
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Ratings:
    +277 / 0 / -0
    Lovely place and Photos.

    Cheers
    Brian
     
  7. angkor1

    angkor1 Ol'Timer

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2009
    Messages:
    235
    Likes Received:
    5
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Ratings:
    +5 / 0 / -0
    czsw4byc3nspw3qiz.

    This is the most dangerous curve in Norththailand I ever seen. There are many spare parts in the gras. When you come down a little bit to fast - no chance. I found some pictures from a trip 9 years ago. I warn the guys before but no one believe me.

    czswb6in2z9w71ix7.

    czswc9y3u6ql7wr9n.

    czswbpnzbtmw1rggb.
     
  8. DavidFL

    DavidFL Administrator
    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2003
    Messages:
    11,458
    Likes Received:
    1,520
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Gender:
    Male
    Ratings:
    +1,520 / 0 / -0
    I believe the cherry trees are blooming now all over the North
    Doi Ang Khang
    Pha Tang
    Khun Wang - Doi Inthanon
    Chang Khian
    Doi Mae Salong
    if anyone wants to go for a nice ride & get some photos.

    An image from Pha Tang
    26840840_2167776079915837_7279414486099552254_o.
     
    • Like Like x 1
Loading...

Share This Page