Photo: Spectacular scenes.

Mae Ja to Wiang Haeng (Route 1322)

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The road trip from Wiang Haeng to Mae Ja takes you through classic north Thai scenery. Range after range of forest-clad mountains stretch in every direction as Highway 1322 slices through Pha Daeng National Park. You’ll catch glimpses of high Doi Ang Khang off to the northeast and the rugged peaks of Doi Luang in Chiang Dao to the south.





Route 1322 branches west off Highway 1178 from Chiang Dao to Arunothai, just short of a village called Mae Ja (or Cha), where there’s a bridge over the Taeng River. If you’re coming from Chiang Dao it’s around 16 or 17 kilometres before the turn-off.

Village perched on a hillside. Photo taken in or around Mae Ja to Wiang Haeng (Route 1322), Wiang Haeng, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Village perched on a hillside. Photo: Mark Ord

There are direct buses from Chiang Dao and even Chiang Mai, but if you’re travelling under your own steam from Fang you will need to take the right turn at Ping Khong village on Route 107. The Wiang Haeng road is generally in very good condition though look out for potholes and the slippery pine needles. It’s a great route for motorbikes and we’ve even heard of people cycling it—but again beware—like the road to Pai it closely resembles, there are a lot of hills!

There are few Lisu villages along the road with the largest, Khun Khong, offering petrol, noodles and a grocery store, situated at around the halfway mark. (Distance is approximately 55 kilometres in total.) Before the village, a steep climb takes you up to a spectacular viewpoint with another handy little coffee shop going by the name of Tiger Hill. The coffee shop owners, a Shan woman married to a local Lisu man, have built a wooden deck, selfie spot where you can sip your coffee and gaze at the tremendous vistas beyond the bouquets of plastic flowers. You’ll also find a few local Lisu vendors up here selling whatever fruit is in season. At the foot of a steep descent and just a kilometre or so before Khun Kong, you’ll come across another welcome little coffee shop at the side of the road, set in a fruit orchard. Both are ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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How to get there
Mae Ja to Wiang Haeng is around 55 kilometres on Highway 1322. From the junction at Mae Ja, Chiang Dao lies approximately 18 kilometres south and Arunothai around 36 north.

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