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 relatively cold weather.
If coming by car from the Chiang Mai-Fang road (Hwy 107), turn left at an intersection around km137 (at Mae Kha Market) and proceed to Doi Ang Khang at a distance of 25 km. 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 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 Ang Khang, hiring a car is recommended.
As the road to Doi Ang Khang is very winding, 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 crops under the patronage of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. It is much more interesting than it sounds! The grounds are beautiful and bicycles can be hired by the hour. The restaurant at the back of the park serves local produce and a large fireplace adorns the lobby. The temperature is recorded on a board outside. A low temperature of -3C is recorded! Admission: 50 baht.
- Bonsai Garden (สวนบอนไซ) is in front of the station. The garden includes temperate and winter plants from Thailand and overseas, all planted and trimmed as bonsais. Touring around Bonsai Garden, visitors can also see herbal beds. The best time to visit is from November to January.
- Kiu Lom Viewpoint (จุดชมวิวกิ่วลม) A scenic spot to watch sunrises and sunsets including a sea of clouds. It overlooks the mountains. On a clear day, the Ang Khang Royal Agricultural Station can be seen from here.
- Mu Ban Khop Dong (หมู่บ้านขอบด้ง) Hhome to Musoes. The tribe believe in ghosts and spirits and still hold on to simple ways of life. A royal project has supported this village to promote agriculture and handicrafts. The Young Local Guide Project is underway to guide visitors on the local lifestyle and beliefs, as well as to create migration awareness in local youths.
- 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.
- Mu Ban Luang (หมู่บ้านหลวง). Inhabited by Yunnan Chinese who migrated here during WWII. They earn a living from agriculture.
- Mu Ban No Lae (หมู่บ้านนอแล). 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 holiday day, they stay home to practice the Buddhist precepts. No Lae village offers a magnificent view of natural scenery of the Thai-Burmese border.
Activities in Doi Ang Khang are varied. Presently, Ang Khang Natural Resort offers the following activities:
- 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.
- Mountain biking: Ban Khum No Lae, Ban Luang, Ban Pha Daeng
- Natural Study Trek, a 2 km hike passing small, but beautiful waterfalls and rhododendrons.
- 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 produce.
There are many products to buy on the local market and inside the agricultural station. All products from the Royal Agricultural Station Angkhang are produced organic.
- Oolong tea, green tea and black tea
- Fruits like kiwi, apples, peach, grapes, strawberries, mulberry etc.
- Vegetables like, avocado, corn, spinach, salads etc.
- Honey, macadamia nuts, juices
- Spirits made of strawberry or corn
- Angkhang Nature Resort, 1/1 Moo 5 Baan Koom, Mae Ngon, ☎ +66 53 450110. 4,000 baht.
- Angkhang Villa, (centre of Doi Angkhang), ☎ +66 53 450010, . Rooms and cottages. 1,200-4,500 baht.
A selection of A-frame bungalows with en suite baths 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.