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

8 Feb 2011

The owner of the hotel had a couple of dogs, both young and both full of energy. It was great to have them around and we commented on the fact that they were both the same colour. How unusual is that? We got into trucks and headed off to visit the Doi Tung region, 2000 meters/6500 feet above sea-level. En-route visit hilltribe villages. In the past, the forest area around Doi Tung was destroyed by shifting cultivation. In 1987, the Doi Tung Development Project was established according to the King Mother’s initiative in order to protect the region, eradicate the cultivation of opium, and encourage farmers to use sustainable agricultural practices. The head dress on the lady was so beautiful.

Drive on to Wat Phrathad Doi Tung, a sacred Hilltop shrine, regarded as the holiest sanctuary by the residents of Chiang Rai and nearby provinces. The Wat was built in A.D. 911 and it is believed that the left collarbone of Lord Buddha is enshrined in the twin Pagodas.

Visit Mae Fah Luang Gardens, The Garden is located on land that was originally the Akha village of Pa Kluay. This village used to be an important route for opium caravans and those involved in heroin-related trafficking and weapons. Situated in a deep gorge where the Akha lived in a dense settlement without the possibility of expansion, there was little space for hygiene, trash or wastewater management. At the request of the Doi Tung Development Project, the villagers agreed to be relocated to a new site 500 meters away. This site sits on a hill with expansive land. It has running water, electricity, and a paved road into the village. Back in their former settlement, a garden of temperate flowers was built over 10 acres of land in accordance with the Princess Mother's wish, to give Thai people who have never travelled overseas an opportunity to enjoy a temperate flower garden. In the middle of this garden stands "Continuity", a sculpture by the late Misiem Yip-In-Soi. The Princess Mother gave this name to the sculpture to draw attention to the fact that continuity ensures the success of any endeavour. The decorative flowers in Mae Fah Luang Garden are grown and nurtured by local villagers. The Garden brings substantial income to the area, directly as job opportunities for the locals, and indirectly as a tourist destination. In 1993, the Pacific Asia Tourism Association (PATA) named the Mae Fah Luang Garden winner of PATA Award for Tourist Site Development.

Mae Fah Luang - A Lifetime of Caring

Lunch at The Doi Tung Development Project’s Restaurant. Their special menus serve traditional Northern dishes, ethnic specialties and freshvegetables from the Project's vegetable farm and local farms in the area. The toxin-free vegetables provide a source of income for thelocals. Locally recruited cooks constantly create new menus. Service staff come from the different ethnic minority surrounding villages who take pride in their work and welcome customers as guests to their hometown.

From there we went to the Golden Triangle Laos – Burma – Thailand for a boat ride on the mighty Mekong River and then back to our hotel and our final dinner together before leaving tomorrow.


  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row