Moncham is a one-hour, twisty, steep, and scenic ride from Chiang Mai. (If you doubt your vehicle can make the trip, it probably can’t!)
At the peak, you’ll find the Nong Hoi Royal Project. The Royal Projects are one of the King’s most admired achievements. Over 2,000 projects throughout Thailand have been developed to help alleviate problems with deforestation, poverty and opium by promoting alternative crops.
At Nong Hoi, you can sit in the shade of a bamboo hut, enjoy some Thai food, and take in the farmland and valley below.
If a scenic luncheon isn’t enough excitement for you, there are several places to stop along the way. The Sai Nam Phung Orchid and Butterfly Farm (100B), Mae Sa Waterfall (200B), Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden (100B/pp + 100B/car), and the Supha Bee Farm.
Siam Insect Zoo
We decided to stop off at the Siam Insect Zoo, because who doesn’t need more live bugs in their life? The zoo itself is fairly small, and pricey at 200B/adult, but if you’ve always wanted to hold a grub/praying mantis/lizard, then you won’t be disappointed. They have an extensive display of mounted beetles and moths, plenty of live tarantulas, some lizards, and a butterfly garden.