Experience the Luxury of the All New Pajero sport as You Experience the View and Chilly Weather of Ban Wat Chan Pine Forest in Chiang Mai
Still addicted to the cool breeze from recent trips with the Amazing Road Trips with All New Pajero sport? We have more today with a trip to Ban Wat Chan Pine Forest in Galyani Vadhana District of Chiang Mai Province where you can admire scenic views and cool temperature rivaling that of foreign destinations.
Get to Know Our Destination
The Ban Wat Chan Royal Project Development Center is located at Galyani Vadhana District in Chiang Mai Province. This center originated after a visit His Majesty King Bhumibol had to the area and saw what a difficult living villagers had. The center focuses on boosting locals’ living standards.
During the cold season, you’ll get to experience the cool breeze and mist over the pine trees and reservoir. From December to February, the pine leaves of the largest pine forest in the country will harmoniously change colors. During the rainy season, you’ll see the green of the grass and leaves and if you’re lucky, you may be treated to views of the Sakura blooms.
Fun in the Sun
- If you’re a star gazer, don’t miss viewing the canopy of stars at night that can be clearly seen in pitch dark areas without electricity. You may also be able to see the Milky Way with the naked eye.
- Don’t miss visiting Chan Temple and paying respect there for good luck. Take a look at the main chapel wearing Rayband sunglasses. It’s really a normal chapel but a Pakakayo hill tribe craftsman decided to install black glass at the windows on top of the chapel 40 years ago to prevent theft of the invaluable main Buddha statue, which is over 300 years old.
- Experience the lifestyle of the Pakakayo hill tribe people and taste strawberries fresh from the trees at the Royal Project for free. You will only be charged for the strawberries you bring home.
- Wat Chan pine forest has limited accommodations that fill up fast during weekends of the cold season so do book in advance. If you wish to camp out, there are campsites and food is available but you need to bring your own tents. The Wat Chan Hospital also has accommodations of different sizes available.
- Do bring enough warm clothing particularly if you’re traveling with small children and the elderly. If you’re camping, bring lots of blankets and sleeping bags that can withstand the cold because it can get really chilly at night.
How to Get There
The Wat Chan pine forest in Galyani Vadhana District in Chiang Mai can be reached via two routes. The first route uses Highway 107 and you’ll need to turn left at the Mae Malai fresh market. You can also use Highway 1095 (Mae Malai fresh market-Pai) and about 13 kilometers before reaching Pai, turn left onto Highway 1265. There will be a sign directing you to Ban Wat Chan throughout the 40 kilometer interval. It is paved roads all the way but do drive slowly when crossing the bridge because there is quite a gap between the bridge and the road. You can enjoy the scenic pine forest throughout this route which is 160 kilometers in length and will take you 3-4 hours.
The second route uses Highway 107 (Maerim-Samerng-Borkaew-Wat Chan) and passes through Mae Rim to Highway 1096 through Samerng before passing through Ban Mae Sarb, Ban Bor Kaew, Chaem Noi, and finally to Ban Wat Chan. It is about 3 kilometers from the village to the pine forest. This route is 154 kilometers in length and is gravelly in some parts. It’ll take about 4-5 hours to reach our destination via this route.
Safe Driving Tips
For more information, please contact
Chiang Mai Tourism of Thailand Office
Areas of jurisdiction: Chiang Mai, Lamphun, Lampang
105/1 Chiang Mai-Lamphun Road Tambon Wat Ket Muang District Chiang Mai 50000
Tel: 0 5324 8604, 0 5324 8607, 0 5330 2500
Fax: 0 5324 8605, 0 5330 2501