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Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park

Rai Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park was originally founded by the late Princess Mother as a part of the Hill Tribes Products Promotion Foundation. Is main objective is to look for ways to improve the livelihood of the hill-tribes. Here tribal peoples were taught how to modify their handicrafts to meet commercial standards, and introduced the products to the market.

Located in the city of Chiang Rai, the park is an extraordinary museum which houses the largest and the best collection of artifacts depicting the history of the Lanna Kingdom. The grounds are as extensive. The centerpiece of the park is “Haw Kham”, a towering, unique teak structure housing ancient religious relics. It sits next to a picturesque lake and surrounded by gardens and lawns.

Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park

The Hall of Opium
Located in the northern part of Chiang Rai, the Golden Triangle was once an infamous area known as the world’s largest single opium producer. It consists of a large, predominantly highland area of Laos, Burma and Thailand. The Hall of Opium is located near the tributary the Sob Ruak River meet the mighty Mekong River. It was an area where, for decades, cross border smuggling and drug production was apparent.

The Hall of Opium presents an in-depth look at the history of the area’s association with opium. It takes visitors on a journey that sheds light on the more than 5,000 years of use and abuse of opiates dating back to pre-historic times, its continued use in pharmaceutical preparations and medicine for the treatment of ailments and international efforts to control illegal drug abuse. Case studies help visitors to understand the problems of addiction and choices available to fight the temptation of drugs.

The information is exhibited through engaging audio-visual presentations and interactive displays, coupled with dynamic spatial design, work together to enlighten and provoke thoughts.

Doi Tung Development Project
Doi Tung Development Project is another royal initiative project of Her Royal Highness the Princess Mother under supervision of the Mae Fah Luang Foundation.

It works to eradicate opium supply, drug use and rural poverty through Sustainable Alternative Development, such as education, training, humanitarian activities, environment conservation, agriculture, handicrafts, culture preservation, and ecotourism. Sitting on the mountain top, the site of the Doi Tung Project features the plantation of coffee, macadamia nuts, fruits, vegetables and flowers. Reforestation is so successful that, even in midsummer, the hills are cool from the shade of the tall trees. Additionally, visitors can visit the royal palace, which was once a residence of the late Princess Mother.