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    Tourists flock to Doi Angkhang and Doi Inthanon

    Tourists flock to Doi Angkhang and Doi Inthanon
    Saksit Meesubkwang

    A record number of tourists are planning to visit Doi Angkhang to view the sakura (cherry blossoms) and other flowers which are blooming spectacularly on the mountain as the temperature drops and the Mae Kaning (frozen dew) becomes visible.

    As a result, all accommodation at the Doi Angkhang Agricultural Station Project is fully booked, although rooms and facilities are still available at nearby resorts and attractions.
    At a meeting held earlier in Fang District, all businesses serving tourists were specifically requested not to overcharge visitors during the high season. Two main routes, the Chiang Mai-Chaiprakarn and the Chiang Mai-Chiang Dao-Chaiprakarn-Fang roads, provide access to the Doi Angkhang area, but visitors who are not familiar with the roads are advised to use the frequent and comfortable bus services.

    On arrival at their destination, tourists can enjoy a visit to local Palong villages, shop at the Doi Angkhang Royal Project for locally grown fruits, and experience the beautiful sunrise at the Baan Khob Dong viewing station.
    Other famous tourist destinations such as Doi Inthanon itself, together with Huay Nam Dang National Park in Mae Hong Son are also reporting record visitor numbers.

    The Northern Meteorological Centre reported that morning temperatures in the area would gradually decrease in mountainous areas to a low of between 1-2 degrees Celsius, with a range of between 2 and 10 degrees.

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    Re: Tourists flock to Doi Angkhang and Doi Inthanon

    that is beautiful picture

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    Re: Tourists flock to Doi Angkhang and Doi Inthanon

    It is a beautiful picture. In much of the the UK the last 2 mornings have been just like that and really cold-not so nice.

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    Re: Tourists flock to Doi Angkhang and Doi Inthanon

    is there a fireplace in the hotel? otherwise, I cannot understand why people go up there are freeeeeeze!

    there was an article about the Royal Project in today's Bangkok Post.

    Valley of the King Once reliant on opium crops and simple paddy fields, villagers in Doi Angkhang, Chiang Mai, have seen a thriving Royal Project transform their lives

    PEERAWAT JARIYASOMBAT

    Besides colourful gardens and plantations of temperate-climate fruits, the valley of Doi Angkhang, Chiang Mai, is filled with a warm atmosphere of loyalty to His Majesty the King. Winter breezes and the temperature dropping down to nearly zero each year attracts tourists to this valley in Chiang Mai's Fang District, and while most visitors are fascinated by the colourful flowers and fruits, those who know about the Royal Project here will find more to admire.
    His Majesty helped turned the area's opium fields into rich agricultural land, greatly improving the quality of life for local hilltribes. Established in 1969, Angkhang Royal Agricultural Station was the first agricultural station in the Royal Project. Its main objective is to conduct research and promote temperate climate fruit farming among hilltribes who used to rely on opium harvests.
    "There is no more opium now," says Jamore Jana, 80, spiritual leader at the Lahu village of Ban Kobdong. "His Majesty came this way once and visited my humble hut. I offered him rice and chicken." Jamore smiles as he remembers his big day.
    Decades ago, Kobdong Village was basically made up of rice paddies and opium fields, and convincing farmers to abandon their deadly-but-lucrative crops was not easy work. But His Majesty's visit to the village and subsequent making friends with the locals turned out to be a very wise solution.
    "One day my friend, Jamoh, got drunk and wanted to give His Majesty his whisky - we couldn't stop him, and Jamoh managed to meet His Majesty. The King's friendliness made us all love him and listen to his advice."
    Years later, the colourful opium valley at Kobdong has been replaced with strawberry farms. Besides changing the lives of the villagers, the Royal Project also made a great change to someone else.
    White rose blossoms in a plantation just metres from the Thailand-Burma border. Angkhang Royal Agricultural Project utilises every piece of land available.


    Riam Singthorn, a teacher from Bangkok, gave up the comforts of life in the city and devoted herself to Kobdong kids more than 20 years ago. Having visited Kobdong in 1983, Riam left her downtown international school in the capital a year later. She remembers arriving on a particularly rainy day and quickly realising what a huge task lay ahead of her - none of the students had turned up for class. Instead they stayed at home to help out on the rice farms.
    For two long weeks, none of the students showed up. Riam was feeling hugely demoralised and worthless as a teacher. Then, she caught a glimpse of a picture of the King and felt her resolve stiffen. She marched out of the school and headed down to the farms where the children were working. She left them white paper and colour pencils for drawing and came back to collect their work in the evening. After six months, she had gained the villagers' trust, and the students started trickling back to school.
    "Teacher, I stay so far away. Could you take care of these children for me?" Those were the words His Majesty had for Riam during his visit in 1992. And for 24 years since, Riam has not even contemplated leaving her school and kids.
    All the land around Angkhang is developed and utilised, no matter how close to the Burmese border. On the way to Nor Lae, the last village, there are many plantations located just metres from the border line.
    Those who come to visit the rose farms may come across Yosapak Yang-Udee, chief of agricultural promotion at Angkhang Agricultural Station. Yosapak has been working in Angkhang since 1996, and the Royal Project has taught him to care and respect the local people.
    "When I was recruited, I received a bag and was assigned to stay in the hilltribe village for several months. My job was to learn and judge what the local people really needed, and provide for them."
    Although too modest to tell us himself, the villagers hold Yosapak in high regard. When fighting broke out between Burmese government troops and armed ethic resistance armies close to Nor Lae Village some five years ago, the villagers were forced to take cover. Yosapak risked his life to water the vegetables in the people's farms. After the fighting stopped, the vegetables were ready for sale at right time.
    "For the staff at the project, the fight did not affect our lives much - we could still get our salaries at the end of the month. But for the farmers, these vegetables were their whole income. They take great risks in growing them and the fighting should not ruin their attempts," he noted. "I just follow His Majesty, working at my full capability."
    The devotion and loyalty the people of Angkhang feel towards the King has spread further afield. Today, the Royal Project has eight agricultural stations and 36 development centres in Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son and Phayao, supporting more than 85,000 people.
    The "Follow in the footsteps of His Majesty" tour programme includes an excursion around the valley of Angkhang and a chance to meet people who devote themselves in accordance with His Majesty's guidance. Accommodation is available at Amari Nature Resort, Angkhang. For details, call 053-450-110

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    Re: Tourists flock to Doi Angkhang and Doi Inthanon

    Sounds to me a very interesting area to visit.
    (How do you manage to get photoraphs in the middle of an article-I have not been able to work that one out yet! )

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    Re: Tourists flock to Doi Angkhang and Doi Inthanon

    I just copied and pasted the entire thing, and the photo happened to be right there in the middle I use the "full WYSIWYG" option, had to change it sometime at the beginning in the control panel --> editing options.

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    Sorry to appear dense-Cant find the "control panel" "full WYSIWYG" or the option mentioned-have also tried menus/options on "Go Advanced"

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    sorry, should have named everything exactly as it is but couldn't remember the exact wording while typing

    user CP --> edit options --> towards the very end: message editor interface: change to enhanced interface - full WYSIWYG --> save

    currently, if you just copy - paste, the pictures won't appear?

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    Re: Tourists flock to Doi Angkhang and Doi Inthanon

    Thanks Betti, Got it. No-copy & paste will not display pics

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    Re: Tourists flock to Doi Angkhang and Doi Inthanon

    Last New Year my niece spent a couple of nights close to the peak of Doi Intanon. Her aunt runs a food stall up there and in the busy periods they prefer to 'camp' out rather than travel up and down on a motorcycle.
    Anyway, when they did come down, my niece was in raptures about the frost, something I had long got used to here in the U.K., but which she had never seen before.
    It reminded me that there is so much of this world we take for granted, yet so many others will marvel at.
    This was reinforced one day while out taking photos in a village in Doilo, a local stopped to laugh at the farang wasting his time on such a place, but when he left me he saw his village in a totally different light.
    Beauty is all around us, we only need to look!
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