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14-16 June, 2017 International Exhibition and Convention Centre (CMECC) Chiang Mai, Thailand

Tour Programme


CT01: Follow the King’s Footsteps

Explore Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon, trek through vegetable plantations in valleys, and learn how hilltribers can live their life in harmony with nature.

12.30 h
Leave for Doi Inthanon

Thailand’s highest mountain, Doi Inthanon, had undergone deforestation from hilltribers’ mobile plantation tradition and littered with opium farms. The King Bhumibol had an initiative to improve living standard of hilltribers through modern farming and land allocation.

Established in 1979 at Hmong village of Ban Khun Klang, the Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon is the King’s personal project for eliminating opium growing. The station servers as a research centre for a wide variety of the highland fisheries and temperate-climate horticulture. Researches and innovations from the centre play significant role for developing sustainable highland farming in nearby villages of Karen and Hmong.

Here, you can roam ever-green tropical valleys filled up with vivid greenhouses, temperate-climate mushroom plants, colourful chrysanthemum farms and get a glimpse of Hmong lifestyle. Improvement of hilltribers’ livelihood mirrors the success of centre’s role in social and infrastructure development as well as watershed forest conservation. (Learn more about the project at www.royal-inthanon.com/English)
15.30 h
Visit the environmental friendly village of Karen ethnic group at Ban Mae Klang Luang, sip organic Arabica coffee while sit back in a hut situated next to great scenery of terrace rice paddies and crystal clear streams.
17.00 h
Visit “Kad Hmong “or Hmong Market and enjoy shopping for great selection of tea, dried fruits, honey, local handicrafts and hilltriber’s ornaments.
18.30 h
Get back to the accommodation.