Discovering the Serenity of "Suan Son Wat Chan"

Embark on a journey into the heartland of the Karen people, artisans of tranquility.
Nestled amid winding, rugged paths stretching from Samoeng District, Chiang Mai Province, to its final destination in Pai District, Mae Hong Son Province, lies a hidden treasure concealed within the 

lush greenery of the forest. Within this verdant wilderness lies the cultural legacy of indigenous peoples, including the renowned "Suan Son Wat Chan" or "Amphoe Galayanivat." Approximately 90 kilometers away from Samoeng District, "Suan Son Wat Chan" was once known by the same name, even after its elevation to district status. While it's now referred to as "Amphoe Galayanivat," the name "Suan Son Wat Chan" still resonates among locals and tourists alike.
This haven of tranquility beckons visitors with its vast expanses of pine forests, stretching as far as the eye can see. Inhabiting these lands are the Karen, or Karenni, people, revered as stewards of the forest. They uphold a deep reverence for trees, safeguarding them and performing elaborate ceremonies in their honor. One such tradition involves tying the umbilical cords or baby hair of newborns to specific trees, ensuring the area remains adorned with these majestic symbols of nature's beauty

Beyond the rich tapestry of Karen folklore, "Suan Son Wat Chan" boasts a myriad of captivating attractions, including the Royal Development Project Center, Wat Chan, and the picturesque Huay Chan reservoir. For those seeking an immersive experience, the Forestry Industry Organization offers rustic accommodations within the forested enclave of Wat Chan.

Imagine a city nestled amidst the tranquility of the forest, where the hustle and bustle of urban life fade into oblivion. Is this serene forest enclave the destination you've been yearning for? Do you long to immerse yourself in its breathtaking beauty? Here, amidst the whispering melodies of Karenni songs, one finds solace and inspiration. It's a haven devoid of bars and bustling nightlife, offering instead a glimpse into a lifestyle worth savoring and learning from. For those who venture here, "Suan Son Wat Chan" promises an unforgettable sojourn, a journey into the dreamlike realm of the Karen people.

Editor in Chief : Nampetch Siramanon
Editor: Pacific Leisure (Thailand)
Content Creator : Mr. Saroj Na Ayutthaya

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