Fang (ฝาง, pron. fahng) is a city in northern Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand.
You can take the local bus from Chang Puak bus station in northern Chiang Mai. Fang is 152km from Chiang Mai and it takes about 3 hours to get there by local bus. A ticket costs 80 Baht. Halfway the bus stops for a leak and a snack.
From the north, Thaton is about 40 minutes away by songthaew, with Chiang Rai another 3 hours away.
Unfortunately it's not possible to hire a (motor)bike, because of the few tourists that visit Fang. Discovering the area, which is really beautiful and therefore worth to do so, is only possible by going on a tour. Then you'll be driven around in a car, jeep or pickup.
- Huai Luk Royal Project (โครงการหลวงห้วยลึก) is located along the Chiang Mai-Fang route. Take a right turn at Km. 95 for around 500 metres. The project provides farming area to Hmong, Karen and lowland farmers. It promotes, researches, and plants flowers, fruits, and vegetables for farmers. Produces of this projects range from vegetables and flowers such as cantaloupe, chrysanthemum, peacock flower to fruits like guava and pomegranate. The best time to visit is during November to March as agricultural products are plentiful.
- Wat Tham Tap Tao (วัดถ้ำตับเต่า), Amphoe Chai Prakan (on the Chiang Mai-Fang route). Take a left turn at an intersection for 3km. The temple is situated between Km.120 and Km.121. The peaceful temple compound comprises a mid-pond scripture hall and Tap Tao cave, which is the beauty highlight. The cave is somewhat smaller than Chiang Dao cave, but it offers the unique charm of Buddha images inside.
- Fang Hot Springs (บ่อน้ำร้อนฝาง), Ban Pin, 8km northwest of Fang. The 50 hot springs originate from simmering granite with temperatures from 90 to 100°C. The largest spring one spews out consistent steam with a strong scent of sulphur.
- Lahu Hilltribe Homestay, 304 Fang district, Chaing Mai, ☎ 053-451231, 08-10339273 ([email protected]), . 1 to 3 days trekking (rainforest and waterfalls) and or Lahu village homestay with tribal food, music and dancing on Doi Pumuen (the second highest mountain in thaliand at 2285 metres above sea level). The guides are from the Lahu village. Organised through the Phumanee Hotel (see below).
- Wilbert Muller-Jabusch, ☎ 053-451871, 08-17642330 ([email protected]). is a guide with a lot of experience and is living for already 25 years in Fang. He was a guide through all over Thailand, but now is only doing the very northern part of the country. He speaks fluently English, Dutch, German and Thai and can also speak with the hill tribes. His knowledge about the area is very broad and divers
Like everywhere in Thailand there are plenty of local restaurants down the streets where you can get Thai and Chinese dishes.
- Ninecool Coffee fresh coffee and cake, tel:053-452836. They serve very nice coffees (hot&ice) made from the beans of the hills around Fang. There's free WIFI.
- Phumanee Lahu Hotel, 122/1 MOD 4.T.Viang A.Fang, Chiang Mai, Thailand 50110, ☎ 053-452875-6 ([email protected]), . This place has free wifi internet, hot showers, a tribal museum and a restaurant which serves great local organic coffee. Hilltribe ecotours, homestays and other activities can be organised from here. 650 baht and daluxe 850 baht according to web site.