Discover the best top things to do in Mae Fa Luang, Thailand including Doi Tung Royal Villa, Mae Fah Luang Garden, Doi Tung, Hall of Inspiration, Wat Phra That Doi Tung, Doi Chang Mub Arboretum, 101 Tea Plantation, Hill Tribe Villages, Sinakarintra Stit Mahasantikhiri Pagoda, Tung Dok Bua Tong Doi Hua Mae Kum.
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The royal residence of HRH the late Princess Mother formerly served as her base of operations to monitor the work progress at the Doi Tung Development Project. It has since been transformed into a symbol of the Princess Mother's commitment to improving the local people's quality of life.
There is great tranquility here, the villa is spacious and tastefully decorated. Of particular note is the ceiling decoration which features the sky at night, which must look beautiful in the evening when fully lit.
From the Terrace it is possible to enjoy some spectacular views of the hills in the distance.
An excellent place to visit.
4.5 based on 321 reviews
As a famous tourist spot, the Mae Fah Luang Garden generates revenue and creates jobs that make the most of the various skills available in Doi Tung.
THIS is an attraction which anyone visiting the Chiang Rai area should not miss.
We got a glimpse of the Gardens from on high above them when visiting the nearby Royal Villa, but it only hinted at the beauty we later walked down through.
The jewel in the crown is the central floral area complete with a striking sculpture of many children standing on each other's shoulders and reaching for the sky, an amazing sight when silhouetted against a clear blue sky.
There is also a water feature area you can walk out over along wooden boardwalks through floral displays while just past that are orchid Exhibitions, a rock garden, a foliage garden, bromeliads and a maze.
There is also the never to be forgotten Doi Tung Tree Top Walk, an exhilerating experience which saw me strapped into a safety harness which hooked up to a cable before I climbed up towards the tree canopy and then out along narrow netted wooden walkways which bounced and swayed as I made my way out high over huge voids between trees. Not for the faint hearted but tremendous fun and very interesting to get up close to a world which is usually far over my head.
Elsewhere on the site are a number of restaurants all grouped near the entrance area while there are five sets of public toilets on site in case Nature calls in a different way. The ones I used were scrupulously clean and very well looked after.
We spent several hours going round the Gardens and took some lovely photos to remind us of this wonderful place.
Don't miss a chance to visit. It will be one of the highlights of your holiday.
4.5 based on 107 reviews
The Doi Tung is an imposing 1800m high limestone mountain that dominates the famous Mekong-river basin in the region of Mae Sai, nearby the Burmese border.
Not so long time ago there were alot of poppy-plantations in this region. Those plantations were often cultivated by the hilltribes for the production of opium. Most of these plantations were destroyed by the Thai Autorities and replaced by rice- and tea- plantations and cabbage fields within the cadre of agrarian development projects.
King Bhumibols' motherhad a special interest for the development of this region and its principaly under her initiative that the "Doi Tung Royal Villa" was build and that the "Mae Fah Luang Gardens" were layed out on this mountain in 1988. The target was to development the toerisme in this region, and to stimulate the hilltribes to stop with the production of opium.
The good road on the Doi Tung is winding to the top and its often worth it to stop and admire marvelous scenisch views.
4.5 based on 33 reviews
A modern exhibition portraying the role of the Mahidol family in improving the lives and livelihoods of the Thai people in all corners of the Kingdom through simple but effective works, and how their examples can inspire so many others.
The Hall of Inspiration is almost as uninspiring as East Tilbury - anyone from Essex, UK will understand. Made up of several hundred photos in small rooms that light up as you walk in - one's first, middle and last inspiration is to leave as quickly as possible. If interested in the royal family, then this is the place for you though ...
4 based on 32 reviews
The long pathway with bells on either side is probably the stand-out feature of this temple. Otherwise, there is nothing to really distinguish it from the many other temples that I visited during my trip.
However, the small temple is very attractive and it is worth a visit if you are in the area.
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4 based on 7 reviews
WITH a great roar the cutting of the tea began.
Seven men grouped round a cutting machine curved to suit the shape of the tea bushes, one man holding it on one side and another man holding the other side.
The remaining men laid out a huge bag rather like a giant version of the ones you find in vacumn cleaners and they were off!
As they edged down the row of tea bushes the blast from the cutting machine inflated the bag so that the cut tea leaves were blown into the bag which quickly filled and they had to stop to empty it.
A fascinating introduction to the 101 tea plantation as it happened just after we arrived and pulled up at our hilly destination.
We were able to walk down the hillside and in between the tea bushes, marvelling at the clean lines of the tea plantation which followed the contours of the hill.
There were lines of bushes growing on several hillsides while the main buildings provided toilets, shade and a chance to taste some of the tea.
There was even a little display waterfall next to the name of the tea plantation displayed on a large sign hung on a special covered little brick wall flanked by giant teapots.
We really enjoyed ourselves and, while you can view and even walk round some tea plantation, to be able to get very close to ordinary workers using the machinery to cut the tea bushes was a real treat and not something I had experienced before.
Great little attraction which is well worth spending and hour or so at.
3.5 based on 20 reviews
Despite the fact we specifically asked to visit a non-touristic village (which we did), the entire experience was rather underwhelming, and I cannot understand the hoards of tourists pouring to these villages to see "locals" live their lives.
Most of the "locals" aren't locals and most of the places are nothing but an amusement park where those "locals" work as "locals" and go to their real homes at the end of the day.
Our non-touristic village was somehow authentic, but other than some poor kids (which seemed very happy with the little they've got), there was nothing there to see or experience.
4 based on 4 reviews
Stumbled across this when we arrived in town on the wrong road! Well ripen the 15 drive to get there. Spectacular views on the country and the temple is worth it by itself. Peaceful and tranquil. Very photogenic and a pleasure to visit
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