Amazing Thailand Gardens & Cambodia’s Angkor Wat
(Including Chiang Mai Flower Festival)
January 28th – February 9th, 2011

7 Feb 2011

After breakfast, we departed beautiful Chiang Mai and drove through mountains, valleys and the lush landscape of northern Thailand to Mae Sai, the northernmost point of Thailand, separated from the Burmese border town of Thachilek by a small river also called Mae Sai. The drive was wonderful. Rice paddies, oxen everywhere. The old brown rice paddies look so sad while the ones filled with fresh green rice look so happy, new life. You could also see lots of garden centers along the way selling wicker, clay pots and other items. Teak trees and bamboo growing in the fields.

Break for lunch at Cabbage and Condoms Restaurant operated by the Population and Community Development Association to serve and assist the rural population. Look at the picture I took of their sign…a hoot!

We arrived in Mae Sai. Took a stroll through the local market where you’ll find jade and other Burmese jewelry and handicrafts.

Continued on to Chiang Rai where we enjoyed seeing the highlights of Chiang Rai City. Went to King Meng Rai Monument. From there, we got on a samlow (rickshaw), and start with a 15 minute ride to the main market area, to get a feel for local life in Chiang Rai. Continue by rickshaw to Wat Phra Kaew with its beautiful brass and copper Buddha image, and further still by rickshaw to the Hill tribe Museum operated by the Population & Community Development Association.

Then on to our hotel, the Phu Chaisai Mountain Resort & Spa Hotel where our guests enjoyed their own cottage. Phu Chaisai is now an oasis of spirituality for city dwellers that seek refuge from the wear and tear of the city. One can’t help but be impressed by the beauty of the tranquility and the natural setting. Thirty-four rooms were made of bamboo and are void of television sets and electronic alarm clocks. In the warm embrace of Mother Nature, many can make peace with their inner selves. Simplicity is always the key to ML Sudavadee’s designs. In the East-meets-West fashion show, she defined her design as integrated for relaxation of body and mind with high-quality hospitality and professional performance.

The air is just one of the many attractions of Phu Chaisai (Mountain of Clear Hearts), an enchanting little “boutique” resort located in the hills outside of Mae Chan, in Chiang Rai. The relative silence is another. The breathtaking views afforded from the generous terraces and the bright and airy rooms, as well as most of the common areas, is yet another. The rooms called “cottages”, are stacked three high in seven hillside clusters and constructed in traditional hill tribe style with mud floors, bamboo walls, and leaf roofs. This hotel has its own organic farm, tea plantation, strawberry field, mulberry field, fruit farm. All of the furnishings are, of course, ingeniously made of bamboo, from the tables and chairs to the door handles and light fixtures, even clothes hangers and soap dishes. They loved it…and I knew they would!


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