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Thailand, Doi Ang Khang: A Trip to Ethnic Minorities Near the Border with Burma – VIDEO
Ang Khang is an astonishingly beautiful area in the mountains slightly over three hours of ride from Chiang Mai. Thousands upon thousands of visitors from Thailand travel here. We didn't meet any foreign tourists during the whole day. Villages where ethnic minorities live, a botanic garden, tea plantation, and amazing vistas are all worth the long journey.
Ang Khang Royal Agricultural Station – Royal Agricultural Station - is the biggest temptation over there; to it belogns a bonsai garden, a orchard with Japanese cherry blossom, orchards with other trees, greenhosues, and outdoor flowerbeds.
In station's proximity, there are villages belonging to 4 different ethnic groups. Visiting them was the best experience for me. Mu Ban Khum is a village closest to the agricultural station. Logically, it is crowded with tourists the most. There, a mix of mosto f the ethinic groups lives. Moreover, there are many restaurants, and souvenir stores. Kiu Lom Viewpoint – is a popular viewpoint where you can watch sunset and sundown, or clouds rolling in the valley below you.
Mu Ban Nor Lae village sits on the Thailand-Myanmar borderline – The Da-ang ethnic lives there. They immigrated here from Myanmar several decades ago. They still wear colorful folk costumes, speak their own tongue, and often work at local projects which support the development of agriculture in the area. There is even a border patrol guard on the Thai side of the border. On the other side of the border, you can see Burmese soldiers.
Oblast Doi Ang Khang area is well-known for its large bird populations - some sources estimate over 1000 bird species live there. Mae Phur forest station is one of the best places to watch them.
If you have enough time on the north of Thailand, Doi Ang Khang is worth it. You can sleep over right in Ang Khang town. However, the accommodation is very expensive, especially during the winter season. You you don't mind paying around 100 bahts for a room, visit rather a camp around. There they rent you a place much cheaper, a tent and a sleepbag included. Winter is way too cold. In the end of December, there was even 8 degrees and 100% humidity.
The climate in the mountains in the north of Thailand is very different to the south of the country. Mountains usually rise as high as 1500 meters. Temperatures can easily drop below 10 degrees Celsius in winter. That's why strawberries are grown here, for instance. The mountain climate is great for high-quality arabica coffee as well. About 50 kilometers from Chiang Mai town, there is a coffee plantation I went to visit. It was there where I finally realized how much work is behind one simple cup of coffee.
Countless shrines, dozens narrow streets with beautiful old houses, luxurious hotels, museums, omnipresent food aromas, and the best coffee in Thailand. You will fall in love with Chiang Mai instantly. There are kind people, international atmosphere, and it is really clean in there.
The night is setting upon the land, streets are going alive – with food. When I arrived at there, I was not hungry. But now I would eat just everything. Hundreds of variations of noodles and rice, various sea creatures, great grilled meat, lots of fruits and veggies. The Chinese Town in Bangkok chewed me and swallowed me.
When I was arriving at the center of Krabi province I didn’t expect much. Guidebooks don’t mention it at all and it is rather an obligatory stop for many travelers while transporting to local islands or to nearby Ao Nang resort.
Krabi province in south Thailand has been more and more popular. Ao Nang resort and Ko Phi Phi are its greatest attractions. They offer splendid sceneries around limestone cliffs, many great bars, restaurants, and nearby are beaches like Railay, Ko Poda, and Ko Hong which are among the most beautiful in all Thailand.
When talking about Thailand many think of beaches with snow white sand and never ending party in Bangkok. Only handful visit the north of the country and if they usually don't go anywhere beyond the towns of Chiang Mai, and Chiang Rai. The entire north of the country has beautiful mountain ranges, wild nature, beautiful native villages, and best conditions for making a trip by bike. So let visit the northernmost national park in Thailand today - Doi Pha Hom Pok.
I had never been particularly interested in Thailand. Yet me and my friend decided to give it a chance so we travelled to the land of smiles. When we got out of the airport to Skyline ground subway, Thais gave us adviced where to get a ticket, for how and they always smiled at us.
The capital of Thailand belongs to largest cities in southeast Asia as there live 8 million people. Cheap flight transportation makes it a natural place from where to start travels to the region including countries like Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, or Malaysia. In my opinion, too bad than many travelers spend there a day or two and move on.
When you say Chiang Mai people mostly think of Chinese lanterns, hundreds of them flying towards the full moon. I spend the better part of winter in this north Thai town. When I planned my journey there I didn’t hope for making it to see the festival. Eventually I made it. And it was the best experience of my life.
In the very north of Thailand, there is the town of Thaton laying on the River Kok. The river flows here from Burma. It flows at the edge of Doi Pha Hom Pok National Pakr. Then, between the mountains it runs to Chiang Rai, and then to the borderline with Laos where it flows into the Mekong. If you are one for some adventure, take a small boat from Chiang Rai to Thaton. The journey is great. It is an adventure which can continue in Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park.
Ko Tao, a beautiful island in the Gulf of Thailand that is known as a diver’ paradise. When you arrive to the island, first things you will see are granite stones scattered around great part of the island, they basically create the island.