Fang

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Fang (ฝาง, pron. fahng) is a city in northern Chiang Mai Province, Northern Thailand.

Get in[edit]

You can take the local bus from Chang Phuak bus station in Chiang Mai. Fang is 152 km from Chiang Mai and it takes about 3 hours to get there by local bus. A ticket costs 80 baht. Halfway, the bus stops for a leak and a snack.

To the northeast, Thaton is about 40 minutes from Fang by songthaew, with Chiang Rai another 3 hours away.

Get around[edit]

Unfortunately it's not possible to hire a (motor)bike, because of the few tourists that visit Fang. Discovering the area, which is really beautiful and therefore worth doing, is only possible by going on a tour. You'll be driven around in a car, Jeep or pick-up.

See[edit]

  • Huai Luk Royal Project (โครงการหลวงห้วยลึก) (On the Chiang Mai-Fang route. Take a right turn at km95 for around 500 m). The project provides farmland to Hmong, Karen and lowland farmers. It promotes, researches, and plants flowers, fruits, and vegetables for farmers. Produce ranges from vegetables and flowers such as cantaloupes, chrysanthemums, and peacock flowers, to fruits like guava and pomegranate. The best time to visit is from Nov-Mar as produce is plentiful then.
  • Wat Tham Tap Tao (วัดถ้ำตับเต่า) (On the Chiang Mai-Fang route. The temple is between km120 and km121, where you will turn left and go 3 km). . The peaceful temple compound comprises a mid-pond scripture hall and Tap Tao cave, which is a highlight. The cave is somewhat smaller than Chiang Dao cave, but it offers the unique charm of Buddha images inside.

Do[edit]

  • Fang Hot Springs (บ่อน้ำร้อนฝาง) (Ban Pin, 8 km NW of Fang). The 50 hot springs originate from simmering granite with temperatures from 90 to 100°C. The largest spring spews out consistent steam with a strong scent of sulphur. On the premises are a massage shop (Thai massage, 100 baht for 1 hr), beauty salon, coffee shop, restaurant. You can rent a private mineral bath cabin for 50 baht/person for 30 min (quite sufficient) or bathe in the outdoor public bath (no time limit) for 20 baht. Sauna adjacent (30 baht). The park contains everything needed for an extended stay.
  • Lahu Hilltribe Homestay304 Fang District +66 53 451231, +66 81 0339273, e-mail: . 1 to 3 days trekking (rainforest and waterfalls) and or Lahu village homestay with tribal food, music and dancing on Doi Pumuen (the second highest mountain in Thailand at 2,285 m). The guides are from the Lahu village. Organised through the Phumanee Hotel.

Buy[edit]

  • Wilbert Muller-Jabusch +66 53 451871, +66 81 7642330, e-mail: . A guide with a lot of experience who has lived in Fang for 25 years. He was a guide all over Thailand, but now is only doing the very northern part of the country. He speaks fluent English, Dutch, German, and Thai and can also speak with the hill tribes. His knowledge of the area is broad and diverse.

Eat[edit]

As everywhere in Thailand there are plenty of local restaurants down the streets where you can get Thai and Chinese dishes.

Drink[edit]

  • Cha Arnon CoffeeFang Hot Springs, 30 steps behind visitor centre. 08:00-17:00. Friendly place for great coffee in the park. Noon, the proprietor, is convivial and engaging and speaks English. Also serves Thai food, beer, and has a small shop adjacent where you can stock up on essentials. 45+ baht.
  • Ninecool Coffee +66 53 452836. Serve very nice coffees (hot & iced) made from beans grown in the hills around Fang. Free Wi-Fi.

Sleep[edit]

  • Fang Hot Springs (Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park) (~8 km NW of Fang). The hot springs doubles as the park HQ. Accommodations range from camping (rental tents from 30-600 baht (1-8 persons). Also rent out sleeping bags (30 baht), pads (20 baht), etc. The park also has 11 bungalows for hire, from 600-2,000 baht per night (accommodating from 4-10 persons). Beautiful, park setting, quiet and rustic.
  • Mon Muang Ngam ResortBpong Nam Rohn (Near the entrance to Fang Hot Springs (Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park), ~8km NW of Fang),  +66 89 4294469. Have 6 bungalows ranging in size from small, for a couple, to large, for up to 10 persons. Very good restaurant, bar, and shop on-site. On the bank of a river, expansive grounds. Free Wi-Fi. 1,000+ baht.

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