Doi Tung refers to a mountain in the highland region of Chiang Rai. The name of this location translates to ‘Flag Peak’ in the local dialect.
History has it that the use of the flag’s name is attributed to the order by the then King of Chiang Saen that a big flag be located at the peak of the mountains. This was done in honour of the dual Buddhist stupas that were built back in AD 911.
Doi Tung, Mountain Lodge & Royal Villa Palace Walking Tour, Thailand
That said, the allure of a trip to Doi Tung is in the destination as much as it is in the journey to getting there. To get there, take route 1149 and once close, take a paved route to the highest point of the ‘Flag Peak’. The steep road is narrow and full of sharp turns that call for caution if you are using a tuk-tuk or scooter.
Don’t pass up the chance to visit the Doi Tung Royal Villa. This is the former home of the mother to the former King and the residence is revered by locals. The gardens around the Villa are spectacular and visitors are able to take a walking audio tour around the grounds which will explain more about the residence and the royal family. out of respect for the royal family, visitors should dress conservatively, with their knees and shoulders covered.
Accommodation is available at the Doi Tung Royal Villa, but reservations need to be made well in advance, as it does book up early.