Doi Tung (ดอยตุง) is a mountain in the
Thai highlands of
Chiang Rai Province, Thailand.
Doi Tung Royal Villa
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While not the highest elevation of the province, the 1,389 m high Doi
Tung rises steeply, standing isolated close to the Thailand-Myanmar
border. It is in the area known as "Golden Triangle".
Wat Phra That Doi Tung
Most of the bedrock of the mountain is limestone and granite. The
vegetation below 1,000 m is mostly deciduous forest, and the
vegetation above this height is evergreen.
The population of
Doi Tung is about 11,000 people, consisting of
various tribes including Akha, Lahu, Tai Lue, and Lawa.
Wat Phra That
Doi Tung is on top of the hill. According to the
chronicles, this Buddhist place of worship dates back to the year 911.
It is an important pilgrimage spot for the devout.
Coffee plantations cover an area of 15 km2. There are 3.5 million
coffee trees on Doi Tung. Almost half of Doi Tung's population is in
coffee farming, providing a stable source of income for nearly 900
Doi Tung Royal Villa
Doi Tung royal villa, former residence of the princess mother
Srinagarindra is also high up on the hill.
Thanks to the princess mother's interest and encouragement, the hills
were reforested. She was also instrumental in fighting against the
opium trade, as a result the local hilltribes stopped growing poppies
and began to grow other crops.
The royal villa was originally built as a summer residence for the
princess mother and now houses a museum and displaying her work to
improve the life quality of local tribal people.
The Mae Fah Luang Gardens are a botanical park on the slopes below the
royal villa. Flowers and plants grow among rock formations.
Doi Nang Non
List of mountains in Thailand
^ J. F. Maxwell, Vegetation of Doi Tung,
Chiang Rai Province
Chiang Rai Province Archived
February 23, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.[dead link]
^ a b c Promchertchoo, Pichayada (24 March 2018). "From one addiction
to another: Thailand's ethnic minorities quit opium for coffee".
Channel News Asia. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
^ Mae Fah Luang Foundation Archived April 8, 2009, at the Wayback
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