THESE ARE DIRECTIONS TO PANYA PROJECT: CHIANG MAI
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Directions to the Panya Project, Chiang Mai:
In this article you will find directions from Chiang Mai by public transportation, directions for driving yourself and directions from Pai. The Panya Project used to be called the Baan Thai Project several years ago.
Coming from Chiang Mai via Public Transport:
Here are the Directions if you are in Chiang Mai and you want to catch a truck to the farm:
There are white pick-up-truckes, called Song Taeo, which drive from the Warorot Market to Mae Taeng every day. They leave Chiang Mai every 30 Min. to an hour. and cost 25 Baht per person. The drive will take around 2 hours. If you come to volunteer please take the latest truck at 12.00 noon.
This is how you find the trucks: Go to the US Embassy and face the Namping River with the embassy behind you. Then walk to your right through the intersection and just a bit further down you’ll see a Red Cross office on your right.
After this you’ll see a gold shop on your right at the corner. The white Song Taeo to Mae Taeng will be parked in front of the shop at the Taxistand (have a look at google maps). If you are not sure ask the local people, they will lead you to the right truck. Mae is pronounced like the sound of a sheep and Taeng is a “d” with a “th” instead of a “t”.
Tell the driver you want to go to the Panya Project in Ban Mae Jo (the name of our village). Most drivers will know the place. Some drivers will offer you to bring you directly the the project for 200 Baht. Otherwise you get off at the big intersection close to the Mae Taeng Hospital (direction to Mueang Kaen). From there you take a motorcyvle taxi (with a sidecar) for 150 Baht. Look for the taxis around the intersection. If they are not there, just wait for a bit; they may be driving around.
– Driving to the Farm:
Drive on Hwy 107 (Chiang Mai – Mae Rim Rd) out of Chiang Mai. About 40 km north is Mae Taeng.
Turn Right about 3-5 km north of Mae Taeng, on the road toward the Mae Ngat Dam. It is the second stop light after Mae Ma Lai.
This will take you up a hill and back down the other side. Keep going past the gold framed life-sized portraits of the King that are on the right-hand side of the road.
Turn Left in 5.6 km, just as the road starts to ease left. This is quite a large turnoff with another gold framed life-sized portrait of the King on the left-hand side of the road.
Stay left at Y in 3.7 km.
Go straight through the stop sign in about 1 km, past the market.
In 0.3 km turn right at the first giant tree (empty lot on right).
You should then pass over a bridge in about 100 meters.
After 0.8 km, turn left at T (temple on the right).
Stay on this road until you get to a right turn, with a disused school yard on the corner. Take this right.
Go another 2 km and you will find Moo Bahn Mae Jo.
If you are going to the Panya Project, look for a sign that says “Panya Project,” just as you start to see the first houses of Moo Baan Mae Jo. The sign will be on the right.
Turn right down the dirt road and watch out for mud (if it is the rainy season)!
If you are going to Pun Pun:
Go another 2 km or so, past the houses of the village and just as you are getting out of them there will be a small dirt road with a sign that says Pun Pun. Turn right here. Follow to the end. Wander until you find someone!
Coming from Pai:
Take a bus (or minibus or hitch or whatever) east to the main road to Chiang Mai (Hwy 107) at Mae Ma Lai.
Take a white song-tao north (left) up the road.
Go through Mae Taeng and maybe 3 km north get off at the big road to the right that goes to Mae Ngat Dam. Keep a lookout for it—it is the first big road past Mae Taeng. The song-tao stops at a motorbike taxi place almost directly across from the turn-off and the song-tao turns around and queues right after this stop, so you won’t go far if you miss the stop.
Take a motorbike taxi to Panya.
Tell them you want to go to the Panya Project.
They have sidecars and charge ฿140 for 1 person, ฿160 for 2 people and ฿200 for 3.
They know where to go and should drop you off right at the sala (our front door) or on the main road – just follow the sign and walk the remaining 750m Panya.
Good luck, and Godspeed!