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Angkhan Royal Agricultural Station offers floral treat to visitors

Jan 05. 2020
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By The Nation

In the fading days of winter, people tend to travel to the North for sightseeing, to enjoy the cool weather. One of the popular places is the royal project station where many flowers have been planted.

The main attraction is Doi Ang Khang, located on the mountain range of Chiang Mai, Mae Ngon subdistrict, where the Angkhang Royal Agricultural Station is located. It is the first royal project of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej His Majesty who established a royal initiative to be used as a research and experimentation station for growing various kinds of winter plants, such as vegetables, fruit trees, flowers and temperate flowers. The project aimed to encourage hill tribe farmers to grow these plants for financial returns instead of making money from opium.

As the various winter flowers spread their beauty, the royal agricultural station later developed into a tourist attraction.

Tourists can visit the station by private car or use the tour tram of the station. The entrance fee is Bt50 per person for the entire day. A ride costs Bt50.

For those who love to take photos, the place offers plenty of opportunities, but the main attraction is the Suan Somdet garden, located in front of the entrance near the breeding house of roses while the flower house is opposite the garden. The visit ends with a trip to the Plum Garden and the vegetable collection house which is opposite the Plum Garden.

The temperate flowers in Somdet Gardens change every year, varying according to the season. Therefore, each year you will see different floral arrangements.

During January, visitors can see real cherry blossoms, not Wild Himalayan Cherry.

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