Southwestern Route, Highway 108 (Chiang Mai – Hangdong – Hod)

The pottery village of Baan Muang Kung (Goong) specializes in making many kinds of useful pottery items. The major products are earthen vessels, cooking pots, water bottles, water jars and flower vases. The most popular piece in their range is the water vessel as this keeps water.naturally cool on long journeys. The villagers have recently expanded the products – and introduced a wider range of colors and patterns along with better quality control. To reach Baan Muang Kung, take the Chiang Mai – Hang Dong Road, about 6 kilometers beyond the junction with the airport road. The village is just before the intersection of Hang Dong – Samoeng Road.

One of the best-known handicraft centers around Chiang Mai is Baan Tawai, famous for its woodcarving products. The village is found by taking the Chiang Mai – Hang Dong Road. From the inner city the turning is at the km 15 marker. Turn left at the traffic lights just as you enter Hang Dong hand proceed for a further 3 kilometers, the village can be found on the right. The many shops sell both wholesale and retail, and specialize in producing imitation antiques, of which a wide selection are on display. The annual Baan Tawai Handicrafts and Woodcarving Fair takes place on the last weekend of January or first weekend of February.

The home of Chiang Mai Thai Doll Products is located in Sanpatong. The irresistible doll collection features traditional Thai dolls in both Thai costume and Hilltribe costume and the dancing dolls with intricately designed costumes. Open daily is the doll museum exhibition dolls from all parts of the world. Stop at 187/12 Moo 9, Baan Dong Khee Lhek, Makham Luang, Sanpatong District or t Chiang Mai-Hod Road then turn left at Km 23 onto Baan Rai Road for about 5 kms.

Just over 43 kilometers from Chiang Mai, on the road to Hod , Highway 108, is one of the oldest temples in the north. Wat Phra That (Thart) Doi Noi in Chom Thong District. The temple was built by Queen Jamathewee in 658 AD. Among the historic sites are the Phra Borommathart Khong Pra, a stupa with a hidden underground cell, the Bodh and the Wiharn, and Buddha images carved from marble. The ancient temple itself is wonderfully located on a hill, close to the Ping River, and affords superb all-round views of the surrounding hills and valleys of Chiang Mai.

Baan Rai Pai Ngam
Baan Rai Pai Ngam

To see traditional homespun cotton production, a visit to Baan Rai Pai Ngam (Ngaam) is recommended. These highly reputable products ‘ can be found beyond 6 the district town of Chom (Jour) Thong, 1. Between 68 and 69 kilometers from Chiang Mai on the road to Hod. Take a left turn onto a bamboo-shaded road and proceed for about 1 kilometer to reach the village. The former home of Mrs. Saengda Baansith, a former National Artist. The cotton is produced exclusively by a group of village housewives who had been taught the techniques of dyeing the fabric with natural pigments by Mrs. Saengda.