Doi Ang Khang (ดอยอ่างขาง) or just Angkhang is a mountain resort at the northwestern tip of Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand.
The area has a cool climate all year round, particularly from December to January, when much of the area is frosty. During that period, visitors should be prepared to cope with cold weather.
If coming by car from the Chiang Mai-Fang road (Highway 107), turn left at an intersection around Km. 137 (at Mae Kha Market) and proceed to Doi Ang Khang for a further distance of 25km. It is a steep zigzagging asphalt road. Therefore, only vehicles in good condition and experienced drivers can make the trip.
It's also possible to take a songthaew truck from Mae Kha to Doi Ang Khang, but departures are irregular and you'll probably need to charter it.
Road up to Doi Angkhang Mountain
As there is no public transportation to or within Doi Angkhang, hiring a car is recommended.
As the road to Doi Angkhang is very windy hiring a driver is recommended if you feel uncomfortable navigating the steep hairpin turns uphill and downhill yourself.
- Ang Khang Royal Agricultural Station (สถานีเกษตรหลวงอ่างขาง) is a demonstration site for planting and researching flowering plants, temperate fruit trees, vegetables and other crop under the patronage of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. It is much more intersting than it sounds! The grounds are beautifully presented and bicycles can be hired by the hour. The restuarant at the back of the park serves lcoal produce and a large fireplace adorns the lobby. The temperature is recorded on a board outside. Last year (2008/9) a temperature of -3C was recorded! Entry fee: 50 baht.
- Bonsai Garden (สวนบอนไซ) is in front of the station. The garden comprises temperate and winter plants of Thailand and overseas, all of which are decorated, cut and planted with the Bonsai technique. Touring around Bonsai garden, visitors can also see herbal plantations. The best time to visit is from November to January.
- Mu Ban Khum (หมู่บ้านคุ้ม) is a village located near the Royal Agricultural Station. It is a small community comprising people of various races such as Burmese, Hwa, and Thai Yai. They settled in the area and run souvenir shops & restaurants
- Kiu Lom Viewpoint (จุดชมวิวกิ่วลม) is a scenic spot to watch sunrise and sunset including a sea of clouds. It overlooks the delightful ambience of the mountains. On a clear day, the Ang Khang Royal Agricultural Station can be seen from here.
- Mu Ban No Lae (หมู่บ้านนอแล) is on the Thai-Burmese border. The people of No Lae migrated from Myanmar about 15 years ago. They speak their own language and are Buddhists. On every Buddhist day, they stay home to practice the Buddhist precepts. No Lae village offers a magnificent view of natural scenery of the Thai-Burmese border.
- Mu Ban Khop Dong (หมู่บ้านขอบด้ง) is home to Musoes. The tribe believe in ghosts and spirits and still hold on to simple ways of life. The Royal Project has supported this village in promoting agriculture and handicrafts. The Young Local Guide project is underway to guide visitors on the local lifestyle and beliefs, as well as to create non-migration awareness in local youths.
- Mu Ban Luang (หมู่บ้านหลวง) comprises of Yunnan Chinese who migrated here during World War II. They earn a living from agriculture.
Activities on Doi Ang Khang are varied. Presently, Ang Khang Natural Resort offers the following activities:
- Natural Study Trek, a 2-kilometre trek showing small but beautiful waterfalls and Rhododendron.
- Mountain biking: Ban Khum-No Lae, Ban Luang-Ban Pha Daeng.
- Birdwatching - More than 1,000 species of birds can be seen. The best spots are Mae Phoe forest station and around Ang Khang Natural Resort.
- Mule riding – This is best done by sitting facing sideways because the wide saddle will not allow a horseback-riding style. Booking must be done at least one day in advance with the resort as mules are normally used to carry agricultural produces.
- Angkhang Nature Resort, 1/1 Moo 5 Baan Koom Tambon Mae Ngon, Tel. +66-53450110, . Rooms go for around 4,000 baht per night
A selection of A frame bungalows with en suite facilities is located to the rear of Ban Khang village, run by several of the restaurants. Travel light as there are a number of flights of steps to ascend to get to the bungalows. Rooms go for around 800 baht a night in the high season.
- Angkhang Villa, ☎ 053450010, . Depending on the season rooms and cottages are available from 1,200-4,500bt. Located in the centre of Doi Angkhang