An Unusual Request!

By | October 19, 2013

by Linton Spencer


Large “Yaang Naa” trees line the Sarapee Road in Chiang Mai


I know this is going to sound a little strange but just wondered if you could help me?.

I would like to visit Chiang Mai to see the spotted tree trunks that are growing along the road between Chiang Mai and Saraphee. I think they might be on the Chiang Mai-Lamphun Rd.

These large trees are lining both sides of the road and before my visit I would like your assistance to identify them. If you are familiar with them could you please let me know.

Thank you

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An Unusual Request!

An Unusual Request!
by: Kevin – Administration

Indeed it is “an unusual request”, but I am still very happy to try & help you. I have done a little research which will hopefully help you with your question.

The type of tree you enquired about is the “Yaang Naa” tree (Dipterocarpus Alatus), and it is believed that under the direct instructions of King Chulalongkorn(King Rama V)the various Lord Lieutenants who ruled the northern regions were responsible for having the trees planted along the 10 kilometre length of roadway.

It is thought the trees were originally planted to replicate the beautiful tree lined avenues particularly seen throughout Paris in France, which had been visited by the King who was widely travelled.

Originally there were around 1,500 trees planted in the late 1800’s, of that number 936 still remain, all of which are numbered & many of which are blessed with brightly coloured orange, red & yellow cloths & are now protected by a conservation society. There are hefty fines liable for ANY damage now inflicted on these trees.