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Khun Wang Royal Project
Khun Wang is very popular with Thais, who come to see cherry blossoms in Chiang Mai
Khun Wang Royal Project or Khun Wang Royal Agricultural Research Centre is a research station on the slopes of Doi Inthanon has been getting a good deal of attention in the last few years since word got out about it being one of the best places in Chiang Mai to appreciate the beauty of phya sua khrong (wild Himalayan cherry) trees in full bloom in early January.
If speak of ”Sakura” are you still thinking about Japan? But in reality, the beautiful cherry blossoms, Sakura isn’t being seen only in Japan. Several people commented that a ”phaya Sua khrong flower” which crops up at Khun Wang Royal Agricultural research Center, Doi Inthanon National Park, Chiang Mai, Khun Wang is as beautiful as Sakura in Japan. Therefore, it is known as the cherry blossoms, Sakura even in Thailand now.
Wild Himalayan cherry trees, known in Thai as phraya suea khrong, shed leaves during the cool season, leaving only brown branches that make them appear as if they are dying trees. Imagine what it would be like if all those branches had cherry flowers in full bloom, with their pink feathery canopies set against the bright blue sky.
Khun Wang Royal Project was established after His Majesty the King had visited Baan Khun Wang in 1980, and had observed that the land had been growing opium extensively. Therefore, the King assigned the Garden Plant Division, Thailand Department of Agriculture to demonstrate and breed crops on the area for supporting and passing on the technology know-how to highland farmers. This is to encourage them to do the plantation instead of growing opium.
A place to try and grow crops on high. And to promote technology transfer Farmers on high And to substitute for opium Visitors to the breeding of dairy cattle (feed drop) will enjoy agro tourism filled. Enjoy the beauty of winter to fruit to take flowers bloom bright. Whether pear, plum, peach marine Mackinac eye or strawberry, or agricultural plots within walking educational center.
Located inside Doi Inthanon National Park at 1,400m above sea level, the agricultural research centre has two operation units in this area. First is Khun Wang which covers 450 rai. The other is the Mae Chon Luang Highland Agricultural Research Center which covers 1,250 rai of land in Mae Chaem district. The centres are about 7km apart.
At Kunn Wang Royal Project, Visitors can pick them freshly from the tree for tasting. Moreover, in winter, especially in the mid of January to February, the hill will be covered with a blanket of pink Wild Himalayan Cherry flowers (Hill Sakura), giving a splendid picturesque sight to the visitors. Furthermore, those bird watchers shouldn’t miss this place, since Inthanon mountain is home to various species of birds.
Activities in Khun Wang
Visit cherry blossoms bloom in mid-January to early Febuary. The period of Wild Himalayan Cherry Blossom is quite difficult to forecast because it is depend on the weather during that time. Normally, they will be blooming during December – Febuary when the weather is cold down for about one month. It usually bloom for only about two or three weeks a year. Highly recommended to get an update on the seasonal blooms before your trip.
Decorative gardens are one of the highlights of the stations in both Khun Wang and Mae Chon Luang. Visitors can wander around the gardens for close-up pictures of the flowers.
Promotion of vegetables including peas, sweet Brock colonies Broccoli Broccoli, tomatoes, sweet onions, Japanese radish projects. Cherry tomatoes, red bell peppers, green Confit. And yellow bell peppers. This market is open daily and is located at the intersection where you can see the main gate of Khun Wang Royal Agricultural Research Center.
Promotion also promotes the planting of flowering chrysanthemum of the Royal Project Foundation. Flowers, calla lily flower Agama Pan Tuscany. carnation The current production of potted plants Has Manufacturing and production demonstration vanilla.
Promotion of fruit, including black seedless grapes promotion. The kiwi and Ruth
Actively promote Chinese tea Spanish and a Chinese tea.
Not only famous for various products, also offers accommodation only tourists who want to experience the perfect winter nature.
Chiang Mai Royal Agricultural Research Center is about a two-hour drive from Chiang Mai International Airport. From the airport, take Route 108 and turn right onto Route 1009 at Chom Thong district heading to Doi Inthanon. At KM31, turn right to Route 1284 into the research centre. The road is winding and in good condition, except for 500m where there are many potholes on the road leading to the entrance gate of Mae Chon Luang station.
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