One of Chiang Mai’s Best Kept secrets – Ban Pa Pong Piang Rice Terraces are one of the most photogenic spots in Thailand. Ban Pa Pong Piang (sometimes spelt as Pa Pong Pieng) is a little hamlet of rolling rice terraces nestled in the mountains of Doi Inthanon National Park. Surrounded by fertile forested mountains, the verdant views and nature here are spectacular.
From Chiang Mai city, there’s no form of direct public transport to Pa Pong Piang, so the best way of getting there is by private car. Its approximately 70km (2 hours drive) from Chiang Mai city, the last few kilometers of which are on a muddy trail only accessible by off-road vehicle.
The rice farming season begins in May when the first rains of the year fall. This is when you’ll see the reflections of the small rice seedlings in the water filled rice paddies.