Doi Ang Khang Travel Guide
The Doi Ang Khang – is a popular tourist destination in Fang, Chiang Mai. The top of the mountain is coldest point in Thailand, where the temperature drops below zero. On the way to this place you will get acquainted with the stunning natural beauty of Thailand, and you will see the delightful blooming wild Himalayan cherry among the strawberry fields. It’s an amazing route that takes you through mountain peaks and shows you some sights that will last a lifetime! The three peaks that the route predominately revolves around are Doi Ang Khang, Doi Pha Hom Pok, and Doi Lang, which are part of Daen Lao mountain range.
These three peaks are nestled in the northwestern corner of Thailand, very close to the Burma border. This area is known as Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park and tourists from all over the world come to see these places for bird-watching in particular as it is home to a variety of many rare birds and specific mountain species. This route also has many trails and treks that nature lovers will thoroughly enjoy.
Doi Ang Khang Itinerary
If you are traveling along this route, be sure to pay attention to our tips for riders, read the article on why the brakes on the mountain descent can fail on an automatic scooter and how to fix it, as well as pay attention to another unique and amazing route to Phu Chi Fa.
Pha Daeng National Park (Chiang Dao National Park)
Amongst all the National Parks in the Chiang Mai District, Pha Daeng National Park (previously known as Chiang Dao National Park) is one of the most popular National Parks for bustling tourists, curious about Northern Thailand’s national treasures.
The National Park was declared a wildlife sanctuary a few years ago and has since become a favored place for trekking, camping, cave exploring, bird watching, animal spotting, hot springs and not to mention the handful of serene Buddhist Temples.
Pha Daeng is also home to multiple village-sized settlements, otherwise known as “tribal” villages. the most visited tribal village in Pha Daeng is the Karen Long Neck Tribal Village. A visit to the National Park provides a good insight into the lives of these simple, tribal communities and allows tourists to understand the way they work and live.
We recommend planning your trip to Doi Ang Khang for several days as there are lots to see and do on the way!
Especially for the curious nature lover – a trek to the top of Doi Chiang Dao (Doi Luang Chiang Dao) mountain which can take around 4-5 hours one way!
Chiang Dao Cave and Temple
The Chiang Dao Mountain has multiple caves in its crevices. The total length of the caves are said to be about 12 kilometers long, some that have, and have yet, to be explored with most of them being dark. Of the 12 kilometers of cave systems, a few of the caves are open to visitors and have well-lit ceilings and corridors that highlight the stalactites and stalagmite formations.
Most of the cave is inaccessible to tourists but the accessible parts are lead by local tour guides. The main atrium of the Chiang Dao cave is well lit and safe, however, it is advisable to take a small tour with a guide.
A little further from the caves is a temple that is built into the mountain cavern, surrounded by beautiful green scenery, it is a very small, humble place. This Buddhist temple is accessible from the caves although it is better to drive up to it, as parts of the cave route are restricted.
Wat Tham Pha Plong
Wat Tham Pha Plong is a cave temple that is located in Chiang Dao, atop a mountain. The temple is interesting because the actual shrine is within a cave, but the golden stupa is located in front of it. The temple is built in typical Thai style with a golden stupa and many Thai carvings on its walls.
501 steps that lead up to Wat Tham Pha Plong, they’re not too steep but can become a little tiring. The temple is usually quiet, with hardly any visitors and has a meditation hall near the main shrine for people who like to meditate.
Buddhist Pagoda of King Naresuan
Also along the route you can visit the Buddhist Pagoda of King Naresuan (a Thai memorial for a great ruler – being dedicated to King Naresuan or Sanphet the Second).
The memorial is very well maintained and is a place of pilgrimage for most Thai locals. Behind the memorial, there are barracks that you can walk through to get a sense of the history behind the memorial and the great king it is dedicated to.
Sri Sang Wan Waterfall
The Sri Sang Wan Waterfall is within the Pha Daeng National Park premises. Until recently, it was a very quiet waterfall, but now attracts a lot of tourists because of its unique sight. The Chiang Mai district is blessed with a lot of streams and rivers that feed these waterfalls and Sri Sang Wan is one of them. The Sri Sang Wan Waterfall flows wide and high, and to any traveler, it looks like a plane of frothing water.
The area surrounding the waterfall has many pools and parks that have been developed over the years for tourists and therefore charging a small entry fee. But either way, the view of the water flowing down the rocks with a green, picturesque setting is truly like no other.
Arunothai Village (Burma border)
The remote village of Arunothai is at the tip of Thailand’s border, north of Chiang Dao and along highway 1322 at the Burmese frontier. It’s a place that everybody should visit, (with your mode of transport – especially a motorcycle) because the drive up to this little village is picturesque and beyond compare.
The village is located about an hour from Doi Ang Khang with the best time to visit during the early hours of the morning. The locals have their morning bazaars before 9 am and is an experience that is worth waiting around for. Many little shops serve exceptional food – a must-try being the Chinese noodle soup and dumplings.
Doi Ang Khang
Doi Ang Khang is Thailand’s 15th highest peak at about 1928 meters high. The mountain neighbors two other peaks that are of similar heights. The mountain peak and the way up is home to many rare bird species and is one of the main reasons that tourists flock here every year.
These mountains are home to the people belonging to the Lahu and Palaung hill tribes. To see people from these tribes dressed in their traditional clothes is a very common sight in the area. The climb on the Thailand side is pretty drastic so the best way to get to the summit of this peak is on a motorcycle.
It can get very cold here with the temperature sometimes dropping below zero. Yes, this is still Thailand, where the average daily temperature is +30 degrees Celsius.
Fog and pines
Lettuce vegetables in a field on a frosty winters morning
Leaf vegetables in a field on a frosty winters morning at Ang Khang royal project
Frosty winters morning, Angkhang Agricultural Royal Project
Frosted vegetables in a field
Things To Do
Sakura or Wild Himalayan Cherry Blossom
You can stay overnight in one of the guesthouses, or you can also choose a tent with a beautiful morning view of the boundless sea of fog.
Tourist tents in camp among meadow on the mountain at Monson Viewpoint
View from tent
You must remember that the “sunrise” is the time when the sun has already risen above the horizon. Therefore, if you want to see the sun rise over the horizon – you should wake up about 1-1.5 hours earlier. Recommended time for getting out of bed is 5:45am, if you are sleeping in a viewpoint camp.
Ban Khop Dong, Musoe hill tribes
If you are interested in the life of the mountain tribes of Thailand, then on Doi Ang Khang you can find the original mountain tribes of Musoe, Karen, and Lahu, as well as visit one of the mountain villages called Ban Khop Dong, the house of Musoe.
Mountain people of the Khop Dong village believe in spirits and ghosts, as well as in magic rituals. The village is lost among the mountain peaks and dirt roads, and it seems that time has stopped here.
Local Market, Cafe and Food
Agriculture and handicrafts markets and cafes are in the open air so if you are cold, then head into the cafe where you can buy something hot to warm up.
Local hill tribe seller
Unidentified name senior tailors sewing and selling colorful traditional textile products
Fresh strawberry from Ang Khang Agricultural Royal Project
The chirping of exotic, rare birds that you will not find anywhere else in Thailand – what could be more beautiful in the winter!
Blue Whistling Thrush
One more amazing bulbul
Japanese white-eye (Zosterops japonicus)
Ang Khang Royal Agricultural Station and Royal Project
Ang Khang Royal Project started off as a way to pacify the summit because at the time the only crop the farmers were growing was opium. The idea behind the project was to provide the farmers with other alternative crops that they could grow in the region.
Doi Ang Khang loop is a route that will take you through the tourist attractions in the Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park. The loop is one of the ultimate northern Thailand experiences a traveler can experience and with all the above mentioned attractions, no traveler will be left wondering what to do!
Fang Hot Spring
The Fang Hot Springs is in the area of Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park. The hot springs are amidst forests, mountains, greenery and are as close to nature as you can get. The National Park authorities have developed the area to attract tourists but at the same time manage to keep it as natural as possible. For instance, the pathways around the springs are all made of stone and the use of concrete and modern construction material have been kept to a minimal.
On the way to Doi Ang Khang, we suggest that you take a dip into the pools as the water in the pools is said to contain many vitamins and minerals that do the skin and body the world of good. If you are uncomfortable with the water quality, other mineral water pool options are available too.
Doi Ang Khang Video Review (En & Th)
Flying around the area on drones. Great aerial view from which you can see mountains, fields, meadows, tea plantations, and much more.
Guys ride motorbikes along the route and pleasant Thai music sounds in the background. Here you can see what roads you have to drive on the way to this place. This video was released in 2016, but you can be sure that the quality of roads is just as good right now.
Here you can see how people who arrived at the top of the Doi Ang Khang mountain meet the sunrise.
Pay attention to how they are dressed! It is really very cold there, and this is not a joke! Dress warmly!
And finally, if you have read the information and have already decided to go along this amazing route, then feel free to click on the big yellow banner under this text, choose a motorcycle for your trip, and we are waiting for you in our office! See you!