Winter Trip 2008 (Pai – Chaing Rai)
I didn’t drop by at any places, just kept straight forward to the resort at Chiang Rai, until then, I arrived around 6.00 pm. A bit late as I was finding the way to this mysterious resort..555+, it’s not difficult to find actually, but I just didn’t familiar with the way..ei ei. Cheers, finally, I arrived to Mohn Fah Sai Home Resort; the owner of the resort was greeting me by herself, and also led me to my lovely room. I got Deluxe Room with all well equipped room’ amenities. How cheap it is! – It was just @ THB 1,500 per night.
Relax for a while, I was getting out for dinner and join the festival in the town which is 10 minutes far from the resort. I was dropped to make a pilgrimage to Phor Khun Mengrai Monument, pity that I couldn’t attend the Loy Kratong Festival as it was very crowded and there was not enough parking space, then I was just driving for sight seeing around the town and on the way back to the resort, however, I stopped at the lake near the resort and letting the Floating Lantern as I wished.
Morning….and breakfast again, the atmosphere at this resort was resembled to a ‘Home’ like their name. If I could have had more time, I might stay longer, but I still have the next mission to achieve 555+ so I need to go. I depart to my next target “Doi Tung”. It’s took me approx. 1.5 hours to read there, not far from the town.
I checked in at Baan Ton Nam 31 (Doi Tung Lodge), a very nice and cleaned lodge, look simple but convenient. The room rates was quite high (@ THB 2,000) even in the high season. However, high up as I was up high hill 555+
Doi Tung was well known for Doi Tung Royal Palace, Mae Fah Luang Royal Garden –many species of rarely found flora and fauna here, Doi Tung Buddha’s Relics (Prathat Doi Tung) which was located at the highest point of this hill, here, the ladies were not allowed to enter into Prathat area, it’s local belief. Apart from Buddha’s Relics, another unique thing at this place was a thousand of the Bell along the way to pay homage to the Buddha’s Relics. The Royal Project (Doi Kham Product) was first established here; for the purpose of create the profession to all hill tribes and also aimed to prevent them to grow opium that caused of drug problems. There were many things being sold here, i.e. Plants, Doi Kham Products (dried Strawberry, dried Logan, hazel nut, organic plants, Tea, etc.)
Compared with other places I visited, I spent the most time here as there were many things to absorb…..I took a thousand of photo until then, already two memories card were used ha ha !
It’s time to go back; I was trying to memorize everything I have been passed through since the first day I arrived to the North. The charming region with the kindness of all the people here that being offered to me…never lack of smile…makes here more and more attractive places to return, as I promised with myself…I will come back again in one day..
On the way to go back, again, I stopped at Wat Rong Khun (Rong Khun Temple), the ever magnificent temple’ architecture I have seen. This temple was build up by Ajarn Chalermchai Khositpiphat, the very well known artist in Thailand and his team.
The time was limited, I need to go…another big journey to explore, it has been awaiting for me in Bangkok..