His Majesty, the King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the ninth monarch of Thailand from the Chakri dynasty as Rama IX. Reigning since 9 June 1946 he was, at the time of his death, the world’s longest-serving head of state, the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history and the longest-serving monarch having reigned only as an adult, serving for 70 years, 126 days. During his reign, he was served by a total of 30 prime ministers
King Bhumibol has been praised for lifelong support of village development. He has personally launched more than 4,000 development and social welfare projects, according to a tally from the Thai government, in areas such as irrigation, agronomy, forestry, fishing and health.
For more than 60 years, His Majesty, the King has initiated projects aimed at raising the standards of rural life and helping farmers to be self-reliant. The projects are classified into various categories, such as agriculture, water resources, the environment, occupational promotion, public health, public welfare, and communications. To achieve their aim, each of them is based on major principles suggested by His Majesty.
The Royal Agricultural Station Angkhang
The Royal Agricultural Station Angkhang is the project from the idea of His Majesty, the King Bhumibol Adulyadej in order to support agriculture instead of opium planting. The project began when His Majesty, the King Bhumibol Adulyadej traveled by a helicopter and passed this mountain peak. He saw a village and then made a visit. He saw opium fields, and a village of Muser tribesmen who at that time plaited side braid hair, wore black clothes, and carried sword on their shoulders. His Majesty, the King planned to change the opium field into agricultural field. The Station therefore was found in 1969.
The Station is located in Baan Koom, Moo. 5, Mae Ngon Sub-District, Fang District, Chiang Mai, approximately 1,400 meters above the sea level. In the Station, there are fruit research center, winter flowers, farm plant demonstration, and oily plants. The purpose is to find efficient products that can substitute the tribesmen’s opium planting and develop agriculture for tribesmen in nearby area.
The Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon
The Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon is one of the Research centers of the Royal Station. It was found in 1977 according to the idea of His Majesty, the King Bhumibol Adulyadej to improve Thai tribesmen’s life. The Station supports them to cultivate and sell good crops, have permanent habitation, stop opium planting, destroy forest, and shifting cultivation, turn to cultivate winter plants and animals with soil and water preservation system, and can depend on themselves as His Majesty, the King has aimed.
Nong Hoi Royal Project Development Center, Chiang Mai
Mon Cham is located on a hill ridge in the area of Mong Nong Hoi village, Mae Rim. It is 40 minutes far from the centre of Chiang Mai. The area was previously a desolate forest and was named as Kiu Seau. Later, villagers came over the area and turned it into an Opium farm. But, finally, the Royal Project took over and changed the area into Nong Hoi Royal Project. on the top of the mountain on the east, there is a viewpoint called ‘Mon Long’ which is a perfect spot for seeing the whole area of the Royal Project as well as the sea mist. If you turn around to the southern part of the area, you will see Mong Nong Hoi village and the development centre of Royal Project which is surrounded by a vegetable bed for the purpose of researching.
Laem Phak Bia Environmental Research and Development Project, Phetchaburi
The Laem Phak Bia Royal Project is located in Phetchaburi province. H.M. King Bhumibhol Adulyadej initiated the project to treat both wastewater and solid waste through environmentally and ecologically sustainable methods. Furthermore, local people use the area to grow the plants for wastewater filtration and to fish in the regenerated mangrove forest area.
There are three methods of wastewater treatments which are:
3.Mangrove forest which filtrates wastewater from the municipality of Phetchaburi is transferred to the site by a pipeline.
Chang Hua Man Royal Project, Phetchaburi
Initiated in 2009 on 250 rai (99 acres) of land, the Chang Hua Man Royal Project is an experimental farm where a range of experimental crops are being tested, not only to help the local people of the Phetchaburi area, but farmers around the nation.
Getting to the Project is a pleasure in itself. The road from Cha-Am winds its way into the green hills past picturesque paddies. If you really want to get into the eco-friendly spirit of the Royal Project, get on your bike and take the newly-constructed cycle path, alongside the road, that goes nearly all the way to Chang Hua Man.
There are many different crops grown here with fruits including bananas, papaya, limes and pineapples; over 40 species of vegetables as well as rice and rubber. And all these crops are grown organically without chemicals – sustainability and environmental protection are a large part of all the Royal Projects.
The Chang Hua Man Royal Project also offers a fun and informative day out to families where they can spend time in the fresh air, get their hands dirty and be more in touch with rural Thailand.
And before you leave, stock up on fresh fruits, milk or vegetables at the Golden Place shop. You can taste the hard work of Thailand’s farmers and appreciate the countryside in a whole new way.