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Visit Ban Pa Pong Piang rice terraces (Chiang Mai)

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Ban Pa Pong Piang rice terraces

Thai name : บ้านป่าบงเปียง

GPS : 18.53203894,98.44785475 (See on the map)
Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai
Chiang Mai

Presentation

Small hamlet lost in the mountains of Doi Inthanon, Thailand's highest mountain, 90 kilometers from Chiang Mai, Ban Pa Pong Piang has acquired in a few years the reputation of having the most beautiful rice terraces in Thailand. True or not, during the rice season (from early or mid-July to late October, early November in general), the landscapes are superb! The most photogenic moment is just after the rice planting, early or mid-July, when the plants are still small and the rice fields full of water. The sky and the sun reflect and offer a magnificent spectacle especially at sunset. This is why to really enjoy the place, you have to spend the night there in one of the few guesthouses in Ban Pa Pong Piang.

No need to spend a lot of time choosing your guesthouse, all are equal and have exactly the same price (500 THB per night and per person) for basic comfort: a room in a wooden or bamboo bungalow with mattresses on the floor and a mosquito net and a shack outside where there the bathroom is with Turkish toilet and large water brown with a small basin to shower. You will not have electricity just candles at night. But in front of the view from the balcony in front of your room you will quickly forget all these material considerations. The price of the room includes dinner and breakfast. I recommend you to book in advance (by calling them) especially if you plan to go there on a weekend, the rooms are full weeks in advance. Prefer to go there during weekdays, you will have more chances to get a room.
When the rice season is over, it does not worth to come, you would be very disappointed. Besides, the guesthouses are closed.

Practical information about Ban Pa Pong Piang rice terraces

Getting to Ban Pang Piang by local bus from Chiang Mai is not very complicated, but long and takes 3 steps (Chiang Mai - Chom Thong then Chom Thong - Mae Pan Waterfall and finally a pickup picks you there for the last kilometers). I detailedl all this step by step in my post on Ban Pa Pong Piang.

Alternatively, you can come by your own means (rental scooter or car) up to Mae Pan waterfall but leave your vehicle in the car park of the waterfall and ask the guesthouse to send a 4x4 car to pick you up for the last 3 kilometers. The wide rough road is often very muddy and not easy if you don't have the right vehicle and are use to it. The roundtrip with the pick-up will cost you 700 THB regardless of the number of passengers. You will pay when you leave Ban Pa Pong Piang.

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