Thailand Permaculture Royal Projects

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Thailand Permaculture Royal Projects

The word Permaculture describes in the English Language Sustainable Agriculture Projects. In Thailand Permaculture is embodied in the Royal Projects of his Majesty King Bhumibhol Adulyadej and members of Thailand’s Royal Family who have set up numerous village-based community development projects nationwide which are now open for small-scale tourism. They provide unique insights into the King’s concept of a sufficiency economy and are models of alternative economic development.

The Doi Tung Development Project (Mae Fah Luang Foundation)

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Under the patronage of the late Princess Mother, Princess Srinagarindra, the Mae Fah Luang Foundation was founded to carry out development activities so that the quality of life of Thailand’s ethnic minorities in the Doi Tung area could be raised. These activities took the form of livelihood development, which encompassed the reforestation of watershed areas and the development of various social enterprises to benefit local people.

The Doi Tung Development Project is a holistic and integrated sustainable alternative livelihood development (SALD) initiative. It is the culmination of the Princess Mother’s lifelong dedication to development work.

The Princess Mother recognized that narcotic crop cultivation is a symptom of poverty and a lack of opportunity, which can drive people to break the law — she believed that no one wants to do bad things inherently. Once people’s health is taken care of, Her Royal Highness believed that development should help people to help themselves, by creating viable and sustainable livelihood options. Afterward, education will lay a foundation for long-term development.

“For development to work, basic needs must be tackled first. Without adequate income, people have no choice but to deforest land through illegal logging, and engage in other illegal activities such as opium cultivation and prostitution.” This was part of the address made by the late Princess Mother in 1988 when the handicraft training centre was launched alongside the reforestation project, as an alternative enterprise for people in the locality.

The Princess Mother’s philosophy was to help people help themselves. She said “to improve livelihoods, you must provide vocational training that is up to par and ensure that there are no financial losses incurred.”

She also said “don’t let people buy our products out of pity.” As a result, the Doi Tung Development Project arranged for local people to work in handicraft training centres that allowed for cost savings from economies of scale and quality control. Building the skills and talents of the local people, the Project helped them maximize their potential by hiring Thai and foreign experts to help with designs that appeal to premium markets, and provide them with skill training in dyeing and weaving techniques that complemented local traditional skills.

Economic Development

Recognising that the well-being of nature depends on human stability, the Doi Tung Development Project has business units in Food, Horticulture, Tourism, and Handicrafts. The Project went from being a crop substitution initiative, to provide various livelihood options with the end goal of empowering locals to become business savvy, able to cope with global market forces. As an example, the Project itself has been financially self-sustaining since 2002. The social enterprises are a balance of maximizing social returns on investment verses a financial one. Today, locals are being trained in everything from landscape design to coffee roasting. They are encouraged to set up their own enterprises. In less than 10 years, the ownership of some of the business units in Doi Tung will be transferred to the local community.

1990:

  • The first Doi Tung Lifestyle Store was opened on Doi Tung;

1992:

  • The Vetiver Grass Development Project in Doi Tung Project was launched;
  • The first coffee crop was harvested at Doi Tung;
  • The Mae Fah Luang Garden was opened to tourists;
  • The Pha Mee Drug Treatment and Rehabilitation Centre was opened to provide a 1,000 day treatment and rehabilitation course to all of the drug addicts in the Doi Tung vicinity. As part of the programme, ex-addicts were offered continuing vocational training to give them the opportunity to rejoin society as active and productive citizens;

1993:

  • The Mae Fah Luang Garden was named winner of the PATA Gold Award for Tourist Site Development.

1995:

  • The first macadamia crop was harvested in Doi Tung;
  • The Macadamia Processing Facility was opened on a hill at Navuti Site 1;
  • The first Doi Tung Coffee shop was opened on Doi Tung;
  • HRH the Princess Mother passed away.

1999:

  • The Doi Tung Coffee shop was opened at the Suan Lum Night Bazaar, Bangkok.



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2006:

  • The Belgian Government and Mae Fah Luang Foundation signed a contract whereby the working approach of Doi Tung Development Project would be adopted in Doi Tung III — A4 Sheep Bank Project for the Province of Balkh in Afghanistan;
  • The Mae Fah Luang’s Centre for Social Entrepreneurship (CSE) was established as the centre for cooperation with countries that require assistance;
  • A delegation from Naggroe Aceh Darussalam, Republic of Indonesia, paid a study visit to Doi Tung Development Project after the Secretary General of Mae Fah Luang Foundation was invited to Indonesia upon the invitation of the UNODC and the Government of Indonesia, in order to assist Aceh province in the study of its development approach;
  • Doi Tung IV began operation in Aceh, Indonesia;

2011:

  • The Doi Tung Development Project was chosen as a Creative City for its creative development model to eradicate poverty and improve the quality of life of the people in the Doi Tung area, based on the community’s local wisdom. It was honoured as a model for Sustainable Alternative Livelihood Development to build balance between the economic, social, and environmental dimensions.

For contact details and further information, please click here:

http://www.doitung.org

www.maefahluang.org

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The Huai Tin Tok Royal Project Development Center

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Located 43 kilometres from downtown Chiang Mai, the Haui Tin Tok Royal Project Development Center covers an area of 34.65 sq kilometers in Mae Tra Krai National Park. Located 700-1200 metres ASL, with an average year-round temperature of 23C, most of the area is still resplendent with rainforests.

All the populations are local hilltribes. Local farmers boast demonstration plots of Arabica coffee and dragon fruit. Villagers have come together to set up a homestay service to preserve the fine culture of the local Northerners, with activities such as the traditional blessing ceremony, local musical performance, touring of tea plantation and processing of tea leaves.

A major natural attraction is the seven-tiered Mae Kam Pong Waterfall with an abundance of wild flora, Mash henna, wild orchid and wild ginger. Trails to other waterfalls are perfect for trekking and lookout spots offer panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. The Than Thong Waterfall has one mysterious solid rock standing which, according to local legend, can be moved by one finger only by a person with great merit. Visitors can buy local handicrafts and bamboo furniture. There are lodging houses, and tents and sleeping bag are also available for rent.

Tourism activities can be classified into 4 parts.

1) Agro tourism: Visit the demonstration plot of Arabica coffee and Mae Kam Pong agricultural plantation.

2) Eco-tourism or Homestay: Baan Mae Kam Pong village is the major tourist attraction. It has been selected as a village in the conservation watershed.

3) Cultural tourism: Visitors can view local, traditional activities and folk plays.

4) Natural tourism: Visit natural attractions such as Mae Kam Pong waterfall, Than Thong waterfall, Wang Kong waterfall, Mae Lai waterfall and off-road trails up to the Doi Mon Lan mountain, which is a beautiful view.

Local products and souvenirs: Most of the products are seasonal vegetables and fruits such as dragon fruit, herbal tea and orchids. The most well-known local souvenir is a Thai Tea Pillow, which is stuffed with exotic tea leaves that exude a calming fragrance and make for a great aromatherapy treatment.

Accommodation and food: The center provides 2 unit of accommodation with a limited capacity of only 10 persons. However, tents and sleeping bags are available for rental. A homestay service is available at Baan Mae Kam Pong village. There’s no food service at the center, but for the group tours can be booked for food in advance.

For further information please contact The Huai Tin Tok Royal Project Development Center, Moo 8, Pang Pueng Village, Huai Kaew Sub-district, Mae On district, Chiang Mai 50130 Tel: +66(0)53-381316, +66(0)861807725.

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The Mae Sariang Royal Project Development Center

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The Mae Sariang Royal Project Development Center is located in Mae Hong Son Province, North Thailand. Situated 800-1,000 meters above mean sea level, it has an average temperature of 22C. Visitors are welcome to visit hill-tribe plots of vegetables such as cauliflowers and pumpkin, taste cold-climate fruits such as Japanese apricots, Chinese pears, and passion-fruit, and learn about the way of life of Karen and Lua (Lava) hill-tribes. Women work on their backstrap looms, and the men are skilled at basket weaving and produce large baskets to store rice or clothes. The centre also boasts the Ban Lua Museum where visitors can learn about the culture of hill-tribes and buy hill-tribe handicrafts. There are three trekking trails to the nearby waterfalls.

Tourism activities

Within the center, visitors can see vegetable plots such as royal red beans, cabbages, pumpkins, potatoes and temperate fruits such as dray, passion fruits, persimmon and plum. Also visit Lua museum and the rice terraces and watch demonstrations of local weaving and knife-making.

There are also nature trails to the nearby Baan Hak Mai Tai waterfall, and Ma Kok waterfall. Other interesting attractions include the Salawin River, which is perfect for a leisurely cruise. In addition to the huge variety of temperate fruits, visitors can contribute to the local economy by buying embroidered cloth made by the local tribespeople.

Accommodation

The center provides only two units for accommodating 10 people but tents are available.

For further details, please contact The Mae Sariang Royal Project Development Center, Baan Om Pai Village, Moo 4, Pa Pae Subdistrict, Mae Sariang district, Mae Hong Son 58110. Tel: +66 (0)53-619765, +66 (0)85-71635.

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The Puparn Royal Development Study Centre

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The Puparn Royal Development Study Centre was founded on November 25, 1982, in Sakon Nakhon Province in Northeastern Thailand, an area that faces problems of soil deterioration, water shortage, forest encroachment as well as the lack of technical knowledge on agriculture. The Centre covers an area of around 2,300 rai (368 hectares) with an adjacent natural forest area of about 11,000 rai (1,760 hectares). The Centre helps local people develop new and appropriate development methods, and receive occupational training. It also serves to protect the forest, an important watershed source, as well as to promote the development of model cooperative villages and appropriate irrigation systems.

The Centre has helped find good varieties of rice suitable for the conditions of the area and popular among farmers. It has been successful in increasing production yields of various crops such as soybean, legume, maize and vegetables. Vetiver grass has shown satisfactory performance in preventing soil erosion and increasing topsoil.

One of its key activities is the “New Theory Demonstration Project” designed for the study and experimentation of appropriate agricultural techniques, which enable small-scale farmers to have enough agricultural production for year-round consumption and eventually become self-reliant.

In addition, team work has been promoted among farmers to urge them to work closely and systematically under a Master Plan. Lastly, the Centre has organized several training courses for farmers to equip them with the basic knowledge necessary for making a livelihood.

The study, research and experimentation conducted in the Centre have enabled farmers, villages, government officials and NGOs, to learn and adopt new and appropriate methods of development. In addition to agriculture, the promotion of cottage industry is a key activity. This involves promotion, guidance and training of the people in activities such as weaving, dyeing cloth, producing household furniture from bamboo, and metal working.

Visitors are welcome but need to inform the center in advance. It provides 8 rooms with air-condition and four rooms with fan. It also provides a conference room with air-condition.

For further information, please contact The Puparn Royal Development Study Centre, Huai Yang Subdistrict in Muang District, Sakon Nakhon Province Tel: +66 (0)42-747458-9 Fax: +66 (0)42-747460, Email: [email protected], website:

http://royal.rid.go.th/phuphan/index1.html (Thai only)

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The Phra Bat Huai Tom Royal Project Development Center

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The Phra Bat Huai Tom Royal Project Development Center is the only one that located in Lamphun Province, North Thailand. Set up in 1978, it is located at 500 m ASL over an area of 3940.96 hectares. There are a number of hill-tribe groups such as Pwo Karen, S’gaw Karen living in 9 villages near the Station (8 villages are vegetarians).

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the Tradition and Culture of the local hill-tribes people, visit the numerous experimental plots of vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and also enjoy the Mae Ping National Park. There are numerous experimental plots of vegetables, fruits, and flowers such as Butternut Squash, Summer Squash, Mexican pepper, Eggplant, Doi Kham Chinese Kale, Taiwan Carambola, Passion fruit and Fairy Rose.

For a cultural tourism experience, there are some wonderful Buddhist temples and stupas in the area, such as the Phra Bat Huai Tom temple, the Buddha’s stone footprint and the Phra Bat Huai Tom museum. There is also the Phra Maha Chedi Si Wiang Chai. Silver handicrafts are a unique specialty in addition to Karen woven fabric and coconut shell necklace.

The Mae Ping National Park features several trekking trails and exquisite landscape around the reservoir of the Bhumibhol dam. For the hardy enthusiasts, a 20-kilometre will take them to the spectacular seven-level Ko Luang Waterfall. East of the park is a wide grassy plateau inhabited by barking deer, sambar deer, rabbit and gallus. The forests and nature reserves offer great opportunities to enjoy bird-watching and the rich local flora and fauna.

Accommodation

The center provides 4 rooms which can accommodate 16 people.

For further information, please contact The Phra Bat Huai Tom Royal Project Development Center, Na Sai Subdistrict, Li District, Lamphun, Tel & Fax: +66 (0)53-518059.

Or contact the Public Relations office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand <[email protected]> or any TAT office worldwide.

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The Kung Krabaen Bay Royal Development Study Centre

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The Kung Krabaen Bay Royal Development Study Centre was founded in 1981 in Chanthaburi Province on the eastern coast of Thailand. Because this part of the coastal area was made up of saline soil and also faced the problem of the deterioration of the mangrove forest, the local people could not perform any fishery activities.

Over the years, research conducted by the centre into the development and improvement of fishery and propagation of marine life in the coastal areas, has played an important role towards restoring previously degraded mangrove forest and restoring the ecological balance of the coastal zone. Since its establishment, there has been a marked improvement in the well-being and standard of living of the local villagers and farmers.

During October 2010 to May 2011, the Centre received 478,952 visitors, imparting both technical knowledge and occupational development techniques as part of an educational and enjoyable experience. The Centre won the “Excellence” Tourism Award 2000 and “Distinguished” Tourism Award 2002 from the Tourism Authority of Thailand.

There are several activities conducted at Kung Krabaen Bay which mainly focus on the preservation of nature and its ecosystem. The Mangrove forest on an area of 97.6 ha along Kung Krabaen Bay shoreline is still the most fertile mangrove forest in Chanthaburi Province. The local people have been educated on the importance of coastal resources and the method for integrating shrimp culture with mangrove forest conservation.

About 116.5 ha of deteriorated mangrove area and paddy field were re-developed for coastal aquaculture activities by providing land for a total of 113 families. The shrimps culture project was initiated in order to protect fertile mangrove forest which stretched along the shoreline from human destruction. The deforested mangrove area was converted into shrimp pond and mangrove reforestation area.

The central area of Kung Krabaen Bay is a habitat for seagrass which is important to the ecosystem in that it serves as breeding and nursery ground, and etc. Moreover, seagrass helps improve water quality by absorbing excessive nutrients released from shrimp culture. KKB Project has also persuaded the local people to conserve and replant seagrass in order to achieve the state of sustainable coastal resources.

Accommodation

The centre provides the residences for any government agencies, institutions, farmers, students and tourists which can accommodate 103 guests. The residences were divided into the following;

-14 rooms with Air-condition, 2 beds and 4 beds.

-4 rooms with Fan, 10 beds and 15 beds.

Please contact the centre for advance booking at Tel: +66 (0)39-388116-8 Fax: +66 (0)39-3881.

For further information, please contact The Kung Krabaen Bay Royal Development Study Centre, Tel: +66 (0)39 – 433216 – 8, Fax: +66 (0)39 – 433209, Email: [email protected]

Website: http://www.fisheries.go.th/cf-kung_krabaen/index_1.html (Thai only)

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The Khao Hin Sorn Royal Development Study Centre

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The Khao Hin Sorn Royal Development Study Centre, a royally-initiated model of sustainable alternative development and the first of six Royal Study Centres to be established, is a ‘Living Museum’ that reflects His Majesty’s vision, wisdom and insight and His Majesty’s theories are put into action.

The project has transformed a formerly dry, barren drought-stricken land into a ‘green zone’. The success of various pioneering royally-sponsored research and development initiatives in agricultural development introduced at Khao Hin Sorn became the blueprint for other subsequent Royal Development Projects. The Study Centre was founded on August 8, 1979 in Chachoengsao Province.

This area was formerly affected by forest encroachment, cultivation of corn and cassava, and erosion of topsoil caused by water and wind, all of which led to soil degradation. The Centre focuses on studying the restoration of soil fertility by means of land and water sources development, forest rehabilitation as well as promotion of agricultural knowledge on the planning of crop cultivation and animal husbandry. Most of the crops are grown without the use of chemical fertilisers.

At Khao Hin Sorn, HM King Bhumibol personally introduced several important initiatives to help villagers achieve sustainable, economic self-sufficiency, and personally supervised experiments in the implementation of ‘New Theory’ Farming or Integrated Farming. This reduces risks related to agricultural production; increases the food security of individual families; increases options and choices available to the farmer; and reduces dependency on middlemen.

Tour Highlights

  • Multimedia presentation
  • Community Development: Vocational training,
  • Agricultural Cooperatives
  • Fisheries
  • Agriculture/Agricultural Development/
  • Agricultural Extension
  • Phra Ram Pavilion
  • Vetiver grass
  • Ornamental plants
  • Economic crops/plants
  • Organic farming/Sustainable agriculture
  • Kitchen garden
  • Livestock
  • Soil Rehabilitation
  • ‘New Theory Farming’
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Herb Gardens

Visitors first view a multimedia presentation, in Thai or English, concerning the Study Centre’s objectives and goals, activities and achievements, and then board a quiet, open-sided electric trolley bus to tour the property. The route winds through the diverse landscape. Commentary is provided in Thai or English.

The tour can take an hour, though it is possible to make more stops and spend longer. It is advisable to inform the Centre beforehand of areas that are of interest to you, and if English-speaking guides are required, so special arrangements may be made in advance.

Cottage industries

Cottage industries comprise an important way for farmers to earn supplementary income between harvests. The Study Centre offers vocational training programmes to help villagers develop various skills. As part of the tour, visitors are shown demonstrations in textile-weaving and hand-crafted products made from bamboo.

Herb Garden

Herbs are one way in which the urban public is appreciating ancient rural wisdom.

While strolling along the shady, aromatic trails lacing the botanical garden, a bouquet of even stronger scents emanate from the herbal sauna, which has separate facilities for male and female visitors. Many visitors make this their last, revitalising stop. Refreshed by the herbal steam, visitors then sip a special herbal tonic.

Herbal products are among goods sold in the shop, which also include basketry and handwoven textiles. These further establish the Study Centre’s stature through the Khao Hin Sorn brand name. It’s worth visiting the shop early, because newly-picked mushrooms and other fresh produce sell out fast.

Accommodation, food and English speaking guides are available for visitors but bookings are required well in advance. The Khao Hin Sorn Royal Development Study Centre provides 8 rooms of three-bedroom which accommodate 24 visitors and 1 lodge which accommodate 80 visitors.

The Khao Hin Sorn Royal Development Study Centre is open from Monday to Friday from 0800-1630 hrs. The demonstration sites for various types of plants are open for visits by farmers, students and interested people. Group of visitors require the official touring guides; please inform the center in advance.

For further details, contact the The Khao Hin Sorn Royal Development Study Centre at Tel: +66 (0) 38-599105-6, Fax: +66 (0) 38-599117, E-mail: [email protected], or log on to: http://www.khaohinsorn.com/ (in Thai only), or contact Public Relations office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand [email protected] or any TAT office worldwide.

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The Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon

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Launched in February 1979, the Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon was established by His Majesty the King to help hill-tribes grow alternative crops as a substitute for opium, and develop sustainable cultivation methods instead of the destructive slash-and-burn farming, to promote reforestation, and to enable them to increase their earnings. His Majesty’s wisdom has allowed the land to retain its vitality, and human communities and forests co-exist harmoniously.

Located at 1,380 meters above sea level, with cool weather year-round, the Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon abounds with layered paddy fields, highland farming systems, coffee plantations, and strawberry plots. On the hillsides, the project has initiated a rainbow trout farm, utilising fresh water cascading from the heights. Visitors can experience the way of life and local culture of the villages, watch the weaving of local cloth and stay overnight at a Hmong hill-tribe lodge. They can also enjoy environmental education trekking to the numerous waterfalls. Bird-watching enthusiasts will find many interesting and unique species.

Activities

  • Ban Mae Klang Luang – observe the cultivation of layered paddy fields, highland farming systems, coffee plantations, and strawberry plots
  • Ban Khun Klang – the biggest village, whose agriculture method was often destructive to the forest ecosystem. Currently the several Royal Projects, assists the villagers in growing cold-climate fruit such as strawberries, grapes and apples as well as flowers
  • Research in highland fisheries – on the slopes of the mountain, the project has initiated a rainbow trout and Redclaw crayfish farms, utilizing fresh water cascading from the heights.

Tradition and Culture

  • Ban Mae Klang and Ban Pha Mon – experience the way of life and local culture of the villages
  • Ban Sop Hat – experience the way of life and the local hand-woven cloth
  • Overnight stay at a Hmong hill-tribe lodge – experience exotic hill-tribe life

Local handicraft and tourism promotion

To provide farmers with extra income from tourism, restoration and conservation of local handicraft.

  1. Handicraft: Supporting for weaving and dyeing fabrics from natural materials, processing of Karen textile to be souvenirs and sell them to tourists.
  2. Tourism: Organising activities to promote tourism and support farmers in Ban Mae Klang Luang to manage ecotourism group by providing accommodation, homestay, tents and arranging tourism conference.

Trekking Sites

  • Doi Hua Sua-above sea level 1,880 meters, you will enjoy environmental education trekking, bird-watching, and insight the important role of natural resources and management according to local wisdom
  • Ban Mae Klang Luang-Pha Dok Siao Waterfall – The tourism activities include accommodation, environmental education treks to the forest and waterfalls, and agro-tourism in the local farmland
  • Siriphum Waterfall – a 680 meter walk to Siriphum Waterfall and Siriphum Royal Garden
  • Wachirathan Waterfall – an 80 meter waterfall, beautiful especially in the evening

Accommodation

– The Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon provides 14 lodges with 28 rooms which accommodate 100 visitors. Rental tents and sleeping bags also are provided.

– 8 lodges which accommodate 60 visitors with rental tents and sleeping bags are provided at Ban Mae Klang Luang.

For further details, contact the research station office at Tel: +66 (0)53-286770-7 Fax: +66 (0)53-286779 or log on to: http://www.royal-inthanon.com (in Thai only) or contact Public Relations office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand <[email protected]> or any TAT office worldwide.

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The Khun Wang Royal Project Development Center

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The Khun Wang Royal Project Development Center is located about 1,280 metres ASL near Doi Inthanon National Park about 60 kilometers southwest of Chiangmai. The hilly country provides for a cool average temperature of 19.5 Celsius. The Karen and Hmong hill-tribe inhabitants were once at the forefront of poppy cultivation and a major source of feedstock for the drug barons. Today all that has changed, and the centre has become a major focus on research on the uses of macadamia nuts.

Visitors are welcome to visit demonstration plots of cold-climate fruits; tour greenhouses for chrysanthemums and see harvesting of tea-leaves and manufacturing of Chinese tea. They can also experience Hmong and Karen hill-tribe way of life such as pounding rice, and the making of handicrafts, such as wickerwork, silverware production, weaving clothes and cross-stitching. Nature lovers can enjoy a 2.5 kilometre trek to the Pha Dam Waterfall to watch rare local and foreign birds.

The project is also home to a research center devoted to studying the uses of macadamia nuts! The nut is an antioxidant so the body doesn’t retain the nut oil. The oil is also said to fill in the wrinkle lines around the eyes, making it a good component for anti-wrinkle cosmetics. The trees were imported from Australia and Hawaii, and produce about 1 kilogram of nuts after 5 years. At about 8 years, the trees produce a good amount of nuts twice a year. It’s not necessary to climb the tree to pick the nuts, just pick them up off the ground.

The accommodation facilities include three houses with a maximum capacity of 40 people. Home Stay is available at Pong Noi Kao village about seven kilometres from the station but it has no electricity supply.

Contact the station at The Khun Wang Royal Project Development Center, Baan Khun Wang, Moo 12, Mae Win sub-district, Mae Wang district, Chiang Mai, Tel & Fax: +66 (0)53-939102 , e-mail: [email protected]

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The Huai Hongkhrai Royal Development Study Centre

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Located in the forested area of Khun Mae Kuang, Doi Saket District, Chiang Mai Province, the Study Centre covers an area of over 3,000 acres. It was established on His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s initiation in order to conduct studies and research on various development patterns such as forest development. It boasts three classes of tree cultivation: those cultivated for fruit, those for firewood, and those cultivated for sale and purely economic benefits. This cultivation yields benefits according the value produced in each case, as well as a more diffuse benefit in terms of increased moisture retention in the soil and a general increase in the health of the land itself.

At the entrance to the Study Centre, the area begins with a forestry study project which has served to improve the environment in the Centre area, eliminate forest fires, and produce a moist climate bursting with fertile water sources. Subsequently, visitors will come upon facilities for ongoing studies of industrial agriculture and fishery studies at check dams, as well as farms for livestock and dairy cattle.

The Study Centre’s main aim is to function as a complete one-stop service centre replete with practical wisdom aptly demonstrated for farmers to learn and apply the model into practice. It also provides services, such as supporting animal husbandry activities and providing seeds, and giving advice and guidance on techniques which farmers can adopt in their daily lives. The Study Centre promotes the coexistence of man and land involving the distribution of the water supply to agricultural areas and the establishment of forest and fishery stations.

In the words of HM King Bhumibol, “Let this Study Centre function as living museum of Mother Nature.”

The Study Centre is open every day from 08:30-16:30, but visitors are advised to call ahead in order to obtain bungalow reservations and camping permission. Visitors must supply their own camping gear.

Getting There: By car: Drive along Chiang Mai – Chiang Rai Road for approximately 23 kilometres, then turn right and continue for 1 kilometre to the Centre.

For further information, please contact Huai Hongkhrai Royal Development Study Center, P.O. Box 11, Doi Saket district, Chiang Mai 50220, Tel: +66 (0)53-389228-9 ext 102, Fax: +66 (0)53-389228-9 ext 101 email: [email protected], website: http://www.hongkhrai.com (in Thai only).

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The Mon Ngo Royal Project Development Center

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The Mon Ngo Royal Project Development Center was established in 1985 by Prince Bhisatej Rajani, the Royal Project Director. Located at 800-1250 meters ASL, it is about one hour from the northern city of Chiang Mai. A major production site of Japanese squash, the Royal Project is alive with tangerine plantations of the Hmong hilltribes, the Yuantze Ulong tea plantation, and the tea factory of Ban Pong Tong. Visitors can enjoy the tea plantations, beautiful scenery, and tasting products such as Japanese pumpkin, onion, garlic and Japanese chestnut. The entire tea processing and packaging process is an educational experience, with opportunities to make and taste the tea.

Not far from the center is the lookout spot of Doi Mon Ngo, about 1,300 meters above mean sea level, which affords a panoramic view of the area, especially in winter, when it is blanketed by a sea of fog in the early morning and at sunset. Visit the Mermaid Cliff, Wind Cave, Magic Water Well and see the Hmong lifestyle and the people with longest hair in the world.

Adventure seekers can take bamboo raft from Ban Sop Kai rafting point and superb scenery with glimpses into the lifestyle of residents on both banks of the Mae Taeng River over the 4-km journey. Both rubber and bamboo rafts are available for rental. Trekkers can enjoy numerous routes through well-preserved forests. Cultural tourism enthusiasts can visit the various hilltribes and buy some Hmong Chintz embroidery, hemp fabric, silverware and wicker-works. Accommodation and food are available for visitors.

For further details, call the station office at Tel:+66 (0)53-318308 or +66 (0)88-4307830 email: [email protected] or contact the Public Relations office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand <[email protected]> or any TAT office worldwide.

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The Wat Chan Royal Project Development Center

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The Wat Chan Royal Project Development Center in Chang Mai Province, North Thailand, is located 960 meters ASL and enjoys an average year-round temperature of 20.3C. The vast coniferous and deciduous dipterocarp trees make it Thailand’s largest natural pine forest. The population in this area is largely Karen hilltribes.

In 1979, King Bhumibhol visited local hill tribes in Wat Chan village. He noted that they did their farming in the lowland between the mountains and encroached into the forest for slash and burn cultivation. Hence, the King initiated the development of the Wat Chan village and 17 other nearby villages to help improve the people’s livelihoods without destroying the forests.

The pine forest comprises of both two-leaf and three-leaf pine trees, most of them more than 100 years old. The plots of vegetables and cold-climate fruits include Japanese apricots, persimmon, plums, and Chinese pears. The entire farming system relies on organic production of vegetables and fruits, all free of chemical pesticides. There are two trekking routes 1) To the forest of Pinaceae, full of wild orchids and various kinds of local birds, and 2) To the forest of Khasiya which boasts a variety of plants and rare birds. Visitors can also observe many of the local Karen traditional ceremonies, such as those to thank the house and guardian spirits; improve patients’ difficulties and sufferings; and a welcome ceremony with a special tea. Visitors can view the Karen people’s lifestyle, games, musical instruments, woven and silverware handicraft and visit the ancient church at Wat Chan village. Accommodation is available at the centre for 30 tourists. Tents and sleeping bags also are available.

Contact the station at Tel: +66 (0)53-318325, Mobile:+66 (0)84-3655405 email: [email protected]

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The Nong Hoi Royal Project Development Center

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Nong Hoi Village in Chiang Mai, North Thailand, was established in 1942 by people from the Hmong ethnic group. The main crops there were opium poppy, maize and rice. In 1972, His Majesty the King visited the village and recommended alternative agriculture.

The Nong Hoi Royal Project Development Center was established in 1986. Today, it is one of the largest producers of vegetables for the Royal Project marketing division, as well as a research centre for herb and vegetable production. Located about 800 to 1,400 metres ASL, the Center is about 45 minutes drive from downtown Chiang Mai.

Visitors can experience the lifestyles, festivals and traditional ceremonies of the Hmong, Yao, Lisu, Haw (Chinese) tribes. In addition to vegetables and herbs, the project also has plantations of plums, grapes, strawberries and cab gooseberries as well as herbs such as rosemary, mint, lemon balm and chamomile. It is also famous for its hydroponic vegetable such as red oak leaves, Doi Kham tomatoes and vegetables for salad.

The Doi Mon natural path leads up to a vantage point on a cliff 1460 meters ASL with a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. The centre has a small lodging house with bedrooms for 15 persons and 2A-Frame houses with bedrooms for 5 persons. Tents with a sleeping bag and pillow are provided. The restaurant is well-known for its fresh tea made from seven kinds of Thai, Chinese and western herbs. Hmong hill tribe handicrafts are also available for sale.

Four kilometers before reaching the centre, visitors can stop at the botanical gardens of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit to see many kinds of herbs and plants.

Further information, please contact the station at Tel:+66 (0)81-9509767 E-mail: [email protected] Or contact the Public Relations office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand <[email protected]> or any TAT office worldwide.

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The Pang Kha Royal Project Development Center

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The Pang Kha Royal Project Development Center, is located Phayao Province, North Thailand, on the border with Laos. Located at 640 m ASL over an area of 56 sq kms with waterways and hilly topography, the centre is known for its 500-acre orchard of the lychee, one of the most famous Thai fruits.

Visitors are welcome to observe the Hmong and Yao hill-tribes’ way of life, experience the Sipsong Pattana hill-tribe handicraft village, watch the printing of cloth, creating silverware, producing reed organs, making medical herbs and lacing cloth souvenirs. They can also visit the Hill-tribe Life and Culture Center and Museum, established by the Thai Lue people to promote their handicrafts, arts and culture, and conduct vocational training. See the ancient longest “passport” in the world from China’s Guangxi province. The “passport” tells the story of the history of international and regional trade in crafts, souvenirs, embroidery, silverware and wicker.

Visitors can enjoy the beauty of flowers such as gerberas, roses, and in-season vegetables at the Center, go on long treks, enjoy bird-watching and get an update on the local flora and fauna. TheKhun Nam Ton waterfall, which gushes over three stories high, is good for swimming and relaxation. The centre also provides accommodation, tents, and sleeping bags.

For further information, please contact the Station at Tel: +66 (0)54-401023, +66 (0)85-7093621, Tourist officer Mobile: (+66) 085-7201499 email: [email protected] or contact the Public Relations office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand <[email protected]> or any TAT office worldwide.

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The Ang Khang Royal Agricultural Station, Chiang Mai

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The Ang Khang Royal Agricultural Station, in Fang District, Chiang Mai Province, was set up in 1969 as the Royal Project’s plant research station, based on the concept of self-reliance and the sufficiency economy. The Station was established to encourage the hill-tribes to abandon their destructive slash-and-burn techniques and traditional cultivation of opium poppy by offering them alternative methods and crops that would increase their earnings.

Now, Doi Ang Khang is a fertile area. There are more than 12 types of fruits, 60 varieties of cold-climate vegetables, and 20 kinds of flowers grown here. The climate is cool throughout the year with an average temperature of 16.9 Celsius. There are a number of hill-tribe groups such as the Haw Chinese, Tai, Lahu Na, and Palong living in 600 households in 6 villages near the Station.

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the tradition and culture of the local hill-tribes people. Basic accommodation facilities are available for 140 people. Tents and sleeping bags are available for rent. Those who enjoy trekking will find much to see in the Doi Ang Khang area. Spectacular viewpoints from 1,900 meters above sea level reveal the natural beauty of the area. Bird watching – more than 1,000 species of local and foreign birds frequent Doi Ang Khang, many of them rare or endangered. Food & Accommodation are also available but bookings are required well in advance.

For further details, call the station office at Tel: +66 (0)53-450107-9, Tourist Information Center at Angkhang Royal Agricultural Station Tel: +66 (0)53-450077 or contact the Public Relations office of the Tourism Authority of Thailand <[email protected]> or any TAT office worldwide.

Additional information (in Thai only) from http://www.thairoyalprojecttour.com/travel/g1-1.php

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