This region in Chiang Mai province used to be one of those neglected
regions in the past.
Back then, the minority hill tribes (the Hmongs) in this region engaged
themselves in poppy cultivation that while brought the much-needed
income to them, it was also the source of other evils that hold them
back from getting synchronize with the rest of the Thai society.
It was through the efforts by the present monarch, King Bhumibol, who
initiated a number of Royal projects that encouraged the local peasants
to cultivate crops like cabbages, strawberries, etc., instead of poppy
(that led to opium production) and gradually improve the living standard
of these peasants.
Since then, the lush plantations greenery around the region coupled with
favourable climate all year round not only made this part of Thailand a
major source for her fruits and vegetable supply internally, many local
tourists also head up north during the winter season to enjoy the fresh
air at this altitude.
According to our
guide, Mom Luang Summit is the highest point of the Mae Rim district and
it's one of those spots that are yet to be exploited by those
conventional travellers to this part of Thailand. Probably, due to its
hilly route up to the top of this mountain which formed part of the
Himalayan mountain range that stretched from Nepal all the way to Pahang
in Malaysia. Owe to its scene and refreshing climate, it's no surprise
to see folks venturing up to the cliff and snap a few shots for