Phu Ping Palace
Phu Ping Palace is the winter residence of the thai royal family. It is used as a headquarters for overseeing development projects in Northern Thai and hill tribe villages.
Visiting Phu Ping Palace
At the ticket booth dual pricing is on open display I'm afraid; If you are a foreigner the price is fixed at 100 Baht entry. If you can show a thai driving licence or are thai the admission fee drops to 20 baht.
The Palace is beyond the gateway pictured above where you must hand in your ticket (ticket booth off camera to the right).
Things to do around the Phu Ping Palace
There is a small market to see here with a few hill tribe wares and silk for sale. I checked the prices on the silk and they were asking only 150 baht for a decent scarf. That's a pretty good price for the quality I could see on it.
I did some asking around while I was here about the tourist situation in Chiang Mai, according to one woman the tourists have been coming en masse to Chiang Mai for over thirty years and the Phu Ping Palace is no exception! So much for the rose-tinted expats who claim Thailand was 'unknown' back in the 80s and 90s!
On The Road to Phu Ping Palace
The Road is a lot easier to manage than the road to Doi Suthep. The bends are more sweeping than hairpin and (so far) the road has held up against the rain and erosion.
The highway tour continues where the road starts from just after Doi Suthep...
After this turn you'll pass a closed gate on the right. This isn't the entrance you want so keep on riding!
The road will narrow by about a third and you'll go past some nice looking houses, finally you'll pass to the left in a loop then you'll come to a short rise. Welcome to the palace!
Road Lore: If you continue to go past the palace, the road will eventually take you very close to the actual summit of Doi Suthep and finally to Doi Pui, The highest point of the mountain.