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Doi Chiang Dao named UNESCO biosphere reserve

Chiang Mai's third-highest hiking site has made its way to the world's prestigious list!

Arpiwach Supateerawanitt
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Arpiwach Supateerawanitt

The UNESCO, announced back on 16 September, Chiang Mai's Doi Chiang Dao has been recognized as the world's latest biosphere reserve. It's the fifth natural site in Thailand that has been given the prestigious nod. 

It is accordingly good news for the kingdom, especially because of the fact that Bangkok was just named the worst city for green space and pollution. This popular hillside in Thailand's northern capital is the third-highest mountain peak in the province, attracting many adventurous hikers throughout the year.

Doi Chiang Dao Biosphere Reserve covers an area of 85,909.04 ha in Chiang Dao, Chiang Mai, that boasts sub-alpine vegetation and many rare, endangered, and vulnerable species such as the lar gibbon, leaf monkeys, Chinese goral, tiger, and clouded leopard."

What's more, Chiang Dao is regarded by various natural features like the "caves formed by the infiltration of rainwater through limestone formations" as well as other tourist attractions such as birdwatching, stargazing, and a Buddhist temple in the Lanna Style.

The other four natural sites in Thailand that have received recognition by UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Program are Sakaerat in Nakhon Ratchasima, Huai Tak Teak in Lampang and Mae Sa-Kog Ma in Chiang Mai, and Ranong.


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