Taken in the morning at Strawberry Farm on Doi Ang Khang, Chiang Mai, near the Angkhang Royal Agricultural Station.

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The establishment of Angkhang Royal Agricultural Station can be traced back to Their Majesties the King's and the Queen's visit to the villagers of Phak Phai in Fang sub-district of Chiang Mai province.

While passing through the Doi Ang Khang area, Their Majesties noticed that although most of the hill-tribe villagers grew opium poppy to earn a living, they remained poor and continued to exhaust the natural resources in watershed areas, a practice detrimental to both the local and regional eco-systems.

One of His Majesty the King's initiatives, the Ang khang Royal Agricultural Center was set up initially to promote the cultivation of cash crops to replace hill tribes opium plantations.

Today, people here have been living well with enough incomes, their children have a chance to study in school. The forest has been return.

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