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 152 km 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 so few tourists visit Fang there are no rentals. 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 km95 for around 500 m. The project provides farming area to Hmong, Karen, and lowland farmers. It promotes, researches, and plants flowers, fruits, and vegetables for farmers. The produce of this project ranges from vegetables, fruits, and flowers such as cantaloupes, chrysanthemums, and peacock flowers to exotics like guava and pomegranate. The best time to visit is during November to March as agricultural produce is plentiful.
- Wat Tham Tap Tao (วัดถ้ำตับเต่า), Amphoe Chai Prakan (on the Chiang Mai-Fang route). Take a left turn at an intersection for 3 km. The temple is situated between km120 and km121. The peaceful temple compound comprises a mid-pond scripture hall and Tap Tao cave, which is the 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, 8 km 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, Chiang Mai, ☎ +66 53 451 231, +66 81 033 9273 ([email protected]), . One to three days trekking (rainforest and waterfalls) and or Lahu village home stay with tribal food, music and dancing on Doi Pumuen (the second highest mountain in Thailand at 2,285 m). The guides are from the Lahu village. Organised through the Phumanee Hotel (see below).
- Wilbert Muller-Jabusch, ☎ +66 53 451 871, +66 81 764 2330 ([email protected]). A guide with a lot of experience who has lived for 25 years in Fang. He was a guide throughout 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 broad and diverse.
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: +66 53 452 836. They serve very nice coffees (hot & iced) made from the beans of the hills around Fang. Free Wi-Fi.
- Phumanee Lahu Hotel, 122/1 Moo 4, Viang, Fang, ☎ +66 53 452 875-6 ([email protected]), . This place has free Wi-Fi,, hot showers, a tribal museum, and a restaurant which serves great local organic coffee. Hill tribe eco-tours, home stays, and other activities can be organised from here. 650 baht and deluxe 850 baht.