|Mr. Makoo Techasopon|
Angkhang Nature Resort
|1/1 Moo 5 Baan Koom Tumbon Mae Ngon, Amphur Fang|
|Doi Angkhang 50320|
Angkhang Nature Resort in Chiang Mai province, northern Thailand, is the ideal getaway for nature lovers. Enjoy mountain-biking, hiking, mule-riding and bird-watching or
if you prefer, simply relax in the Camellia Restaurant and enjoy the view. Managed by Amari Hotels and Resorts,
this comfortable first-class property nestles close to the Myanmar border and is situated between several hilltribe groups।
Rooms and Rates
Angkhang Nature Resort offers 76 superior rooms and 2 suites. Each is furnished in teak wood, decorated with local Thai fabrics and has a spacious private balcony from which to enjoy mountain or garden views.
All rooms feature :
Rooms are available with a bathtub rather than a shower upon request.
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The outdoor terrace of Camellia Restaurant is a wonderful place to sit and watch the sun going down. Indoor seating is also available for those evenings when it gets a little chilly - a novel experience in tropical Thailand.
The restaurant serves a range of international, Thai and northern Thai dishes focussing especially on fresh organic produce from the nearby Royal Agricultural Project.
The Camellia Restaurant is open from 7:00 to 21:00 every day.
Conventions, Meetings and Banquets
The unusual location and beauty of the surroundings are a most inspirational backdrop for all kinds of team building and creativity seminars. The Conference Hall of the Royal Angkhang Research Station can accommodate up to 115 people and may be booked for private functions, subject to availability.
Services and Facilities
The Angkhang Nature Resort offers the following services and facilities:
- Modern facilities
- Video Rental
- Mountain bike rental
- Open fireplace in the lobby
- Binocular for rental
- Internet service
- Transportation service with private van
The Angkhang Nature Resort is the ideal base from which to explore the area. Visit the local hilltribes and the Royal Agricultural Project. Take a mule-ride up the hillside or for the more energetic hire a mountain bike to go exploring.
There are many walking trails around the resort. Nature lovers will notice many rare species of plant and birds in the surrounding countryside.
Destination Guide - Doi Angkhang
Visting Doi Angkhang
A comfortable 3 hour drive from Chiang Mai, through some of Thailand's most spectacular scenery, Angkhang is the perfect place to unwind. The mountain location, cool climate and scenic beauty of the surrounding countryside make it an ideal escape. Doi Angkhang offers a unique destination for tourists with both the beauty of the natural environment and the intriguing and unique lifestyles of the local hill tribes, which have remained unchanged for centuries.
The Angkhang Nature Resort
The Facilities Offered by the Resort
The rooms offer modern facilities including a mini bar, television and IDD telephone. A full laundry service is available and each of the rooms has an en suite bathroom.
|The Camellia Restaurant in the resort serves delicious and nutritious Thai, Northern Thai and Western specialities using fresh vegetables, fruit and herbs from the Royal Project.The hotel also has a lobby bar and in the winter guests can sit and enjoy the warmth from an open wood fire.|| |
The Royal Angkhang Research Station has a conference hall, which can be used as part of the hotel facilities. This accommodates up to 115 people and is ideal for small meetings, staff parties and school outings.
A Low Impact on the Natural Environment
The resort is also careful to conserve energy.Electricity is saved, by switching off the exterior lighting at night. Also, the lobby is heated by two wood fires, rather than using electricity. Some of the rooms have heaters in the bathrooms and these are controlled by timers, that automatically switch off after ten minutes. The cool climate means that no air-conditioning is required in the resort.
Employment of the Local Hilltribes
Things to Do in Doi Angkhang
Visiting the Royal Angkhang Station Project
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The mule trek begins in the Baan Khum Village, which is 5 minutes from the Angkhang Nature Resort. The mules are used to carry agricultural produce between villages. The mule trek takes approximately one and a half hours and goes through the jungle and up to a point on the mountain where you can see across to Myanmar. On the return journey, the route goes past the Royal Angkhang Station Project.
Those who enjoy trekking will find much to see in the Doi Angkhang area. From spectacular viewpoints, some standing at over 1,900 metres above sea level, the natural beauty of the area is obvious.The Rhododendron ('one thousand year rose') grows in profusion. This tree, which grows only on high mountains and in cool climates, blooms in both red and white, though only the red variety is seen on Doi Angkhang.
|Various treks, ranging from one hour to all day can be arranged. For whole day treks, it is necessary to take along sufficient food and water. Guides can accompany the trekkers with mules to carry heavy provisions.|
|Mountain biking |
A popular way to explore the environment around Angkhang Nature Resort is by mountain bike. The resort keeps a few on the premises, which can be booked by guests. The route from the resort to Nor-Lae is relatively easy while from Baan Luang to Pa-Daeng is a little more challenging.
Discovering the Natural Environment There are many viewpoints in the Doi Angkhang area. One popular spot, Kiew Lom, found between Angkhang Nature Resort and Khob Dong Village, gives a view of Fang and a haunting cloud of fog through which the sun rises and sets.
Also, the area has many natural sights, such as waterfalls and caves. The Forest Authority and Fang District Council are presently developing plans to highlight Doi Angkhang's various attractions.
Experiencing the Hill tribe Culture
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Muser communities are normally situated on highlands of about 1,000 meter above sea level. They cultivate rice, corn and opium in mobile plantations. Regarding their religions and beliefs, most of the Red Musur and the Black Musur believe in ghost spirits while the Yellow Musur are mostly Christian. Muser celebrate New Year in January and March of each year. Musur people are monogamous. After marriage, the husband usually moves in to the family home of his new wife. This is to show gratitude and respect to the parents of the bride. A census completed in 1995 showed that there are approximately 82,000 Muser people living in Thailand.
The Muser people live in the Khob Dong Village, where there are both Black Muser and Red Muser hilltribes, who both live together. They have their own language and culture and an easy-going nature. At present they receive support from the Royal Project for Agriculture and Handicrafts and make traditional crafts such as weaving dried grass bracelets. Khob Dong Village has a spectacular viewpoint and a walkway to the top of the hill from where one can see the sunrise and a beautiful view of the sea of mist that carpets the valley below each morning.
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A survey conducted in 1995 showed that at that time, a total of 1,937 Palong people lived in four villages in Fang Amphur, Chiang Mai province. One of these villages is the Nor Lae Village, about 4 kilometres from Khob Dong Village. The village is situated on the Thai and Burmese border and soldiers from both countries can be seen in the area. Nor-Lae is popular with tourists in part for the spectacular view one gets from the peak.
In 1995, The Highland Community Roster categorised the Thai Yai people as a minority group. According to a survey conducted at that time, there are a total of 13,810 Thai Yai people in 57 villages and 13 Amphurs, spread through four provinces of Thailand.
The Highland community Roster categorised the Jean Hor people as a minority group in 1995. A survey set their population as approximately 20,000 spread through 65 villages, and 17 Amphurs in 5 provinces in Thailand.
These different Hill Tribes live in four villages in the near by area which can be visited by tourists:
Getting Involved With the Local Community
|The Effect of the Royal Project in Doi Angkhang |
For many decades, the hill tribes in this region were dependent on illegal logging and growing opium to make a living. The Royal Angkhang Station Project has focused on developing a variety of marketable produce, which can be grown in the high altitude area of Doi Angkhang.
|Through giving farmers the opportunity to gain access to modern agricultural techniques and new crops, which can be grown in this area, the quality of the farmers' lives will improve in the long term. |
Growing cash crops has provided the hilltribes with a legal source of income and enables the farmers to be self-reliant. The organic methods employed for growing crops have been a great success both economically and in reducing the impact on the natural environment. The non-indigenous crops currently grown include strawberries, persimmon, apricots, peaches, plums, kiwi fruit and many different types of flowers.
Educational Development of the Hill Tribes
| ||The Baht for a Better Life Foundation was started by Amari Hotels and Resorts in 1995. Guests to the hotels give small change and this is collected, along with donations from the staff, to go towards furthering the education of children in Thailand. This has enabled Amari to construct a kindergarten in the nearby Nor Lae Village.|
Providing education to the hilltribes gives them the opportunity to engage in alternate forms of employment to farming. This is increasingly important as the possibilities to be involved in the tourist industry increase. Education also brings with it awareness about preserving the natural environment and how a long-term vision must be employed to ensure that the eco-system of the area is not destroyed.
|The Junior Guide Program |
Together with the local education authorities, Angkhang Nature Resort has implemented a "Junior Guide Program", where children from the Baan Khob Dong school are trained to show around guests who visit their village. The Junior Guide Program has become part of the school curriculum and has had educational benefit for the children of the local school, who act as the guides.
|The guides are encouraged to take pride in their heritage and the surrounding natural environment and communicate this to the visitors. It also gives an opportunity to take a position of responsibility in the community. Guides who complete the program are awarded a certificate and a guide badge. |
The Junior Guide Program enables tourists to have interaction with the local community and receive correct information about the hill tribes and the surrounding area. It also ensures which any donations which are given to the villages by visitors are put into projects to benefit the community. Visitors are also taken to a co-operative shop, which sells handicrafts produced in the local villages. In addition, a "show house" has been built so that guests can get an impression of the hilltribe way of life.
The program has already been in place for more than one year and 60 guides have been trained. Feedback from visitors has been very positive and further training programs will be undertaken to increase the number of guides.