The small terraces created by the farmers have been in use in Thailand and across the world since ancient times. The ridges help to trap water on each level and prevent erosion of the lower levels. This helps create more planting space along ground that may not be prime land for planting, and is seen in other countries with areas of high elevation like Peru.
After spending a weeks exploring the temples and rainforest of southern Thailand, we landed in the city of Chang Mai in Northern Thailand and wanted to get a feel for the countryside. We found a great tour guide for the day that took us to see a local farmer’s market and Wachirathan Waterfall and ended the day with a two hour hike through the Doi Ithanon National Park.
The forest is located a beautiful two hour drive outside of Chang Mai and is a stark contrast to the jungles of Phuket. The weather is cooler, the greens are more muted, and the rolling hills are perfect for farmland.
The forest was beautiful and we stopped along the way to learn about the different trees and shrubs that the locals use for healing.
We also came along another beautiful waterfall and took many small, wooden bridges to cross the river that cut through the mountains.
It was a great escape from the hustle of city life in Thailand and see the beautiful countryside and rain forests. Our next stop was the The Mae Klang Luang Coffee Farm for some fresh brewed coffee!