Rice terraces are known from countries like Indonesia and the Philippines. Thailand is lesser known for growing rice in terraces on the slopes of hills.
The most famous place with rice terraces in Thailand is Ban Pa Pong Pian บ้านป่าบงเปียง (sometimes spelt as Pa Pong Pieng or Ban Pabongpiang ), Mae Chaem district in Chiang Mai province. It is located in the mountains on the western side of Doi Inthanon national park in the proximity of Chiang Mai city. Rice fields are very beautiful (green) during the rain season. Please be warned that the unpaved roads on the county side may turn in a big muddy and slippery affair. Bringing a vehicle that can handle these though conditions is recommended. Due to it’s remote location it is a great option to experience off-the-beaten path Chiang Mai, and its full natural beauty away from the tourist crowds.
Accommodation in Ban Pa Pong Piang
Due to its remote location in the mountains Pa Pong Piang has limited accommodation options. There are only a few guesthouses to choose from, all offering the same standard of accommodation. This means; a basic room in a bamboo house, simple bedding on the floor, hopefully a mosquito net, no electricity or only limited through solar panels, shared showers etc. Meals are usually provided by the guesthouse.
Most guesthouses only have their name spelled in Thai alphabet. Usually they have a Facebook page instead of their own website. A good way to find out where they are located and what their contact details are is by zooming in on Google maps. This is the link to Pabonpiang viewpoint.