When His Majesty the King Bhumibol Adulyadej (King Rama IX) and Her Majesty the Queen Sirikit Kitiyakara flew over the Angkhang mountain on a helicopter, they saw a small village and decided to make a visit. There, he saw opium fields and talked to the villagers, who were Muser tribesmen.
Wanting to support the locals and sustainable food production rather than drug selling, His Majesty the King talked to the tribesmen about converting the opium field into a center for agriculture. The tribesmen obediently listened to the King as they knew that he also wanted them to live a more prosperous life. The field was successfully converted into The Royal Agricultural Station in 1969.
Within the Royal Station, there are research centers for fruits, winter flowers, farm plants, oil plants, and more. The Royal Station is open to the public, and visitors can go learn how winter fruit trees, plants, and flowers are planted. Moreover, they have a gift shop where anyone can buy their organic products, such as peaches, Chinese bayberries, nectarines, raspberries, carrots, and more.
The Royal Station is very accessible as visitors can come by private cars and public transportation. There are three ways to visit the Royal Station by car:
1. Drive along Doi Angkhang at Wat Had Samran km. 137 via Chiang Mai-Fang road (Road No. 107)
2. Drive along Doi Angkhang at Chiang Dao District km. 79 from the center of Chiang Mai via Chiang Mai-Fang road (Road No. 107)
3.Drive on the road from Fang District-Norlae village which is the shortest but the steepest and the roughest route and has a military barrier (not recommended).
As for public transportation, you can use the Chiang Mai-Fang or Chiang Mai-Ta Torn bus route to Doi Angkhang entrance in front of Wat Had Samran, km. 137. Take a bus, van, or motorcycle to Doi Angkhang. If you came from Chiang Rai, you can use Chiang Rai-Doi Angkhang road also.