Remote Hang Dong, Hang Dong District Chiang Mai 50230 Thailand Published on: 08-06-2016
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Why Hang Dong is special ?
Hang Dong is a district (amphoe) of Chiang Mai Province in northern Thailand. Before 1917, the district was named Mae Tha Chang (แม่ท่าช้าง). 1938 the district was downgraded to a minor district (king amphoe) and made subordinate of Mueang Chiang Mai district. 1947 it was elevated to full district status again. Neighboring districts are (from the southwest clockwise) San Pa Tong, Mae Wang, Samoeng, Mae Rim, Mueang Chiang Mai, Saraphi of Chiang Mai Province, and Mueang Lamphun of Lamphun Province.
The village Ban Tawai (บ้านถวาย) in Khun Khong subdistrict is famous for its handicraft center, as wood carving has been a local speciality since the 1960s. Hang Dong has a 9 hole golf course on the canal road.
What to explore at Hang Dong?
Ban Muang Kung
Many households in this village specialize in making traditional earthenware jugs for serving water. Villagers turn pots on simple hand-driven wheels with an ease that tells of years of practice.
Wat Inthrawat (Wat Ton Khwen)
Wat Inthrawat, Chiang Mai, ThailandBuilt around 1858, the temple served as a resting place for the Phra Boromathat Chom Thong relic when it was brought from Chom Thong to Chiang Mai. This temple is a wonderful example of Lanna wooden architecture of the 19th century. Note the decoration in the viharn and the detail in the cross-shaped hall in the temple courtyard.
Ob Khan National Park
The Khan River flows through a small gorge and into a large natural pool, which becomes very popular at weekends. Follow the path (take water and a picnic if you have children) past the gorge and along the rocky river bed to a better, less visited pool below Ob Hai about 450 meters upstream.
Woodcarving outlets are very numerous on the road near Hang Dong. Chiang Mai Golden Export (153, Moo Ban Wen. Tel: 44143 7. Hours 08:00 - 17:00), a few hundred meters from the Hang Dong junction on the north side, has a small collection of old cars in addition to woodcarvings.
Ban Pa Dua
Wealthy looking villages amidst longan orchards surround this small crossroads market. Cross the bridge over the Ping River to visit the market and for the easy road to Saraphi.
How to get to Hang Dong?
Hang Dong is nearly 15 km driving from Chiang Mai City by Route 108. The best way to get to Hang Dong from Chiang Mai is take a private car or tuktuk.
Hang Dong, Hang Dong District Chiang Mai 50230 Thailand