Exploring the Sustainable Routes in the Mekong Subregion

In an effort to promote sustainable routes linking the Royal Projects in Thailand and tourism destinations in Myanmar, Laos and China. Thailand’s Department of Tourism is producing detailed and downloadable maps of two sustainable travel routes in the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS).

For over 70 years, His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej initiated literally thousands of development projects that have greatly benefited both the country and Thai people-most notably the project to improve the Northern hill tribe people’s quality of life by replacing the cultivation of opium poppies with the growing of cash crops, such as coffee and fruits. Many of those projects have become popular tourist destinations among the Thais and foreigners.

To honor and pay tribute to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej whose philosophy led to the sustainable community and tourism destination development and to develop multicountry products in the GMS, the Department of Tourism will produce both a booklet and map with the objective to promote the thematic tourism routes linking Thailand’s Royal Projects to other GMS countries.


Route 1: Thailand – Myanmar

Beginning in Chiang Mai, the most popular tourism hub in the Northern Thailand, and continuing on into the relatively unexplored reaches of Myanmar-via Chiang Rai-this routes takes in a wide variety of culturally significant landmarks and active Royal Projects sites. Travel route highlights on this map include: Royal Agricultural Station Inthanon, Khun Wang Royal Project Development Center, Ang Khang Royal Agricultural Station, Wat Rong Khun, Doi Tung Development Projects. Tachileik, Keng Tung, and Mongla.

Route 2: Thailand – Laos – China

Beginning in Chiang Rai, in the Northern Thailand, this exciting route travels up through the Golden Triangle region and into the upper reaches of Laos. This route then detours into Southern China, which is yet another relatively unexplored region of this geographic nexus. Travel route highlights on this map include: Huay Nam Kuen, Pha Tang Royal Project Development Center, Golden Triangle, Ban Huay Xai, Luang Namtha, and Xixhuangbanna (Jinghong).