Doi Lang, Chiang Mai – Unknown destination for general tourists but well-known among the birding society

During the New Year 2009 holidays, I did a one week road trip to the northern provinces of Thailand – Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. The destinations where we went to were unclear to me at first hearing. I was just a fellow traveler and was merely informed that we were going to join a trip with a group of few people who currently work and engage in the observation and study of birds. The group of these people are also principal memberships of the Thai Raptor Group, a community of birdwatchers who are specially interested in the observation and study of Raptors (Birds of prey) in Thailand.

The first destination of the trip was at Doi Lang. “Where is it????”, I promptly questioned when I heard its name at first. “Well, no matter where it is. Let’s go..and get a hunting!!” So, the trip was like those birdwatchers enjoyed their birds hunting by binoculars while I was pleased a photograph hunting by my own camera. Win-Win situation, sort of  🙂 

Viewpoint at Doi Lang
Viewpoint at Doi Lang

“Doi Lang” is situated at Mae Ai district in Chiang Mai. Doi Lang is actually part of Doi Pahompok but easier referred to as Doi Lang to differentiate the two. The mountain is in borderline areas between Thailand and Burma. The area is considered a strategic military post for monitoring drug trafficking.

Roadside view

Roadside view

At the top of the mountain, there is a Border Police Base called Than Pahompok. In the past, the area used to be a restricted zone for citizens as a safety reason. However, after many years of security and rest preservation operation of the military and border police, the mountain has become an open and safety area for people particularly one of the best bird watching locations in Thailand nowadays.

Border Police Base

Border Police Base

Surrounding area

Surrounding area

Look up at the top

Look up at the top

Look down at the floor

Look down at the floor

Look at a tree

Look at a tree

Look through the eyepiece

Look through the eyepiece

Keep fledging

Keep fledging

Keep drying

Keep drying

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2 Responses to Doi Lang, Chiang Mai – Unknown destination for general tourists but well-known among the birding society

  1. DoReMe says:

    The blue sky in CM was beautiful!!

  2. […] on New Year’s Eve last year. Right, it was the trip over the New Year 2009 which I stopped at Doi Lang as the first destination. I then headed off to Chiang Sean district on the day before the New […]

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