A great day out
Published/Last edited or updated: 11th May, 2018
If you head north out of Chiang Dao on Highway 1322 until Thailand runs out, you’ll hit the Burmese frontier and the remote, border village of Arunothai.
Leaving Chiang Dao on Highway 107 (the Fang road) you’ll see a fork in the road at around the seven-kilometre mark, indicating Wiang Haeng and Arunothai to the left. This makes its way up the Ping Valley—the same Ping that flows through Chiang Mai—and so the route is largely flat, with lush farmland stretching out on either side, bordered by forest-covered mountains. You’ll see mighty Doi Luang to the south and catch glimpses of the rugged peaks of Ang Khang to the east.
A further ten kilometres sees you arrive in the small village of Mae Ja, where a right turn heads off to Phrao and a left climbs steeply towards Wiang Haeng. Continue north. Halfway between Mae Ja and Arunothai you’ll find signposts for Pha Daeng National Park on your left. The visitor centre, park headquarters, hot springs and an attractive waterfall are just off the main road and definitely well ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 700 words.)
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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