Pang-ung

Pang Ung, Pang Tong Royal Development Project Pang Ung is located in Ban Ruam Thai, Mae Hong Son. Due to its splendid scenery, this place is known as Switzerland of Thailand. Along the bank of Huai Pang tong Reservoir stand coniferous forests formed by Khasi pine and Sumatran pine which are fully covered by enormous evergreen forest and mountains. The word ‘Pang’ in northern Thai dialect means a shelter in which woodsmen stay and the word ‘Oung’ means a wetland.

Formerly, Pang Ung used to be an illegal opium planting area for hill tribes and was always trespassed by smugglers. His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej solved this problem by forming a group of villagers, supporting their agricultural economics, conserving natural resources, and building a reservoir in Pang Ung. Nowadays, there are many different types of economical plants being grown by hill tribes, such as avocado, persimmon, Chinese pear and Chinese bayberry. Due to its cool climate, the village is normally decorated with rose, hydrangea, and orange trumpet.

Not only focusing on agricultures, but also on conserving endangered animals such as Laew small green frog. Consequently, Pang Ung is definitely an interesting place for nature-lovers. Aside from being able to see such amazing fog in the morning, another well-known activity that visitors should try is sightseeing by rafts and visiting the highlight of Pang Ung which are two white swans and two black swans given by Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.

Pang Ung is regularly opened from 06:00 to 20:00 everyday.The regularations are : Outside vehicles are not permitted to travel in this area unless the owners have hotel reservation letter or permission to spend a night or more by tents. Vehicles are available at Ban Na Pa Paek school. Visitors must register for accommodation at The Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Mae Hong Son and will be able to travel by cars during 09:00-18:00. electricity is available during 18:00-22:00. Visitors should prepare flashlight and extra batteries.

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