Time To Say Goodbye To Thailand And Explore Guangzhou, China

We spent 3 beautiful months in the Land Of Smiles this time, it’s always an intense experience, one we will never forget.
From our loved Thailand we head towards new adventures on giant China, Guangzhou is our first stop and base during this trip.
First time I came to Guangzhou was in 2008, last in 2012, lot’s of things have changed since then.
We are ready to take the innovations all in and this time, share it with you.

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Oasis
Vegan Restaurant
Address: 612/93 Sirikorn Market Paholyothin Road, T Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.905563,99.835135 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Open from 7 am to 7 pm.

Traditional J restaurant serving mostly pre-made affordable Thai food.
It’s slightly bigger than the average J, thus offering more dish options.
The traditional northern sausage was delicious, it’s a great chance to try northern Thai food that would otherwise contain animal products.

 

Chiang Rai Night Bazaar – เชียงรายไนท์บาร์ซ่า
Address: near old bus terminal, Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.905439,99.834672 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล เวียง อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Open from 6 pm to 11:30 pm.

The walking street is a traditional Thai night market style.
It’s not a big one, but has some charming hill tribe crafts and art, and can be a fun laid-back place to grab a drink.
Foodwise, for vegans there’s only fresh fruits.

 

Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai International Airport – ท่าอากาศยานนานาชาติแม่ฟ้าหลวง เชียงราย
Address: 404 Moo 4, Ban Du, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.954572,99.879057 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Website: https://airportthai.co.th/en/

Time To Say Goodbye To Thailand And Explore Guangzhou, China
On the way to the airport

 

Veganerie Concept
Vegan Restaurant
Address: Behind Benjasari Park, Sukhumvit 24, 35/2 Soi Methinivate, Klongtoei, Bangkok
Address in Thai: 35/2 ถนน สุขุมวิท 24 ร้านตั้งอยู่หลังสวนเบญจสิริ กรุงเทพมหานคร
BTS(skytrain): Phrom Phong station – Sukhumvit line, exit 2 or 6 (5min walk)
Website: http://veganerie.co.th
Open from 10 am to 10 pm.

Our favorite vegan restaurant in town offers a great variety of western and Thai cuisine.
Desserts are not a little page at the end of the menu, but a flagship on this fleet including milkshakes, ice-creams, pancakes, waffles, pies, crepes, scones, cakes, and many other finger-licking options.
If your focus is the main dishes, they don’t follow behind the dessert, flavorful unusual vegan creations that will leave you with only one problem; the hard job to choose one!

 

Lemon Farm
Organic Grocery Store
Address: 2nd floor, 84, Sukhumvit Soi 55, Watthana, Bangkok
Address in Thai: สุขุมวิท, 84 ซอย สุขุมวิท 55
BTS(skytrain): Thong Lo station – Sukhumvit line, exit
Website: http://www.lemonfarm.com/
Open from 10 am to 9:30 pm.

Time To Say Goodbye To Thailand And Explore Guangzhou, China

Great little store with a good range of vegans and organic options.
There are other locations around town.

 

Khun Churn – คุณเชิญ
Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: G Floor, Bkk Mediplex Building, Sukhumvit Soi 42, Bangkok
Address in Thai: ซอย สุขุมวิท 42 กรุงเทพมหานคร (Bkk Mediplex ตึกเก๋ๆ เป็นโครงรูปตัว x อยู่ชั้น G) อ่านต่อได้ที่
BTS(skytrain): Ekkamai station – Sukhumvit line, exit 2 (2 min walk)
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/KhunChurnSukhumvit42
Open from 10 am to 8:30 pm.

Time To Say Goodbye To Thailand And Explore Guangzhou, China

Delightful traditional Thai food with indigenous veggies and full flavors.
A huge array of dishes to pick from, our favorite is the traditional northern Khao Soi.

 

Refreshing Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 159 Linhe West Road, Tianhe, Guangzhou
GPS: 23.149611,113.323114 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Chinese: 广州市林和西路159号
Open from 10 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 10 pm.

 

Stay connected, loads of China adventures are coming soon!
Have you been to China? Let us know about your experiences in the comments below.❤️

Time To Say Goodbye To Thailand And Explore Guangzhou, China

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Exploring Mae Salong – Thailand

The cool weather, the silence, nature, the people; all bringing a very sweet feeling of peace.
Mae Salong is indeed a place for relaxation, an escape from busy cities and minds.
One day in the village and my wish was to rent a hut for a month. There’s just something about it, a purity, a sense of calmness, I can’t really put it into words.

Mae Salong, Thailand

How To Get There + Village History

To see our first post about Mae Salong and understand a little more of their unique history click here.

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Shin Sane Guesthouse & Bungalow
Address: 119 Moo 1, Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.165881,99.625559 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 119หมู่1 ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง
Website: https://www.shinsaneguesthouse.com/

Mae Salong, Thailand

The first guesthouse in Mae Salong established in 1970.
Great value for money, centrally sited, impeccably clean.

 

Morning Market
Address: Behind Shin Sane Guesthouse, Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.166035,99.625925 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง
Open from 5 am to 9 am, there are some fixed shops that will remain open until the afternoon.

Mae Salong, Thailand

An authentic market where real culture immersion happens.
The Akha people bring all sorts of exotic produce from their villages and even from neighbor Burma.
There’s a special energy about the little street market, a real sense of presence and happiness coming from everyone around.

Mae Salong, Thailand

 

Mae Toe Village – Akha Hill Tribe Village
Address: Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.175405,99.611967 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง

Following up the road behind the morning market, you’ll arrive at one of the Akha villages of the area.
It is a nice stroll around to learn more about their traditions and come in contact with it first hand.
When we stopped in a little convenience store-like place for a coffee, the big star of the village, we were surprised by it all being gifted for us in the end together with a bag of their family grown and roasted coffee.
It was fantastic to chat with them and be able to connect. If you wish to do the same, be aware that we spoke in Mandarin though, they couldn’t speak English.

 

Yang Ming
Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 37/2 Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.164458,99.624246 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 37/2 ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง
Open from 8 am to 9 pm.

Mae Salong, Thailand

The mushroom with ginger and spices was heaven and the complimentary tea was the perfect balance for the chilling weather.
The restaurant is sited in a very simple yet somehow charming greenish wooden house where the family also runs a motorbike renting shop.

 

Xing Yang Tea Factory – ซิงหยาง
Address: Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.165725,99.629174 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง
Phone: 053-765037

When driving along the streets of Mae Salong you will see many tea factories, some which will be hands-on in the very time you are passing by and don’t mind curious tourists peeping around.
This was the case with Xing Yang, every time we passed by they were working and we just couldn’t go by one more time without having a closer look.
Even though they were busy and didn’t spoke English, they welcomed us really well and were happy to show us everything.
They also count with a shop just a few meters from their factory.

Mae Salong, Thailand

 

Wang Pu Tan – วังพุดตาล
Tea House and Plantation
Address: 1130 Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.165127,99.632916 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 1130 ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง
Website: http://www.wangputtan.com/tea

Mae Salong, Thailand

The tea house offers great quality and variety, it’s an enjoyable tea tasting and shopping experience.
The plantations count with giant decorations and are a pleasure to stroll around.

 

101 Tea Plantation, Factory and Tea House – ไร่ชา 101
Address: 83 Moo 6, Tambon Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.160544,99.660866 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 83 หมู่ที่ 6 ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง
Website: http://www.101teaplantation.com/101teasmaesalong.html
Open from 7 am to 6 pm.

Mae Salong, Thailand

You can’t leave this place without visiting a tea house and plantation, it is a must to truly experience Mae Salong.
The 101 Tea is one of the places which gives you the complete process, an absolute joy to visit.
One of the most famous factories in town, named after the homophone 101 = Yi Ling Yi which sounds like “The Best” in the owner’s Taiwanese dialect.

 

Manomai Garden – สวนมโนมัย
Address: Mae Salong Nai, Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.164931,99.708615 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล แม่สลองใน อำเภอ แม่ฟ้าหลวง
Always open.

Mae Salong, Thailand

An unusual space by the road standing alone about 12 km from Mae Salong center.
The name means “Spiritual Garden”, it features Akha traditional swings used for special celebrations and rites of passage.
The swings are available for anyone passing by without any charge.

 

Pa Tueng Hot Spring – น้ำพุร้อนบ้านป่าตึง
Address: Pa Tueng, Mae Chan
GPS: 20.117514,99.797318 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล ป่าตึง อำเภอ แม่จัน
Open from 6 am to 8 pm.

We knew that due Mae Salong’s location the weather would be colder, still, we had only long sleeves no actual warm jackets.
Imagine how delicious after a few days feeling cold to just deep into a hot spring water filled bath.
We couldn’t wait for it and it turned out to be comfy and relaxing as anticipated.😉

 

Oasis
Vegan Restaurant
Address: 612/93 Sirikorn Market Paholyothin Road, T Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.905563,99.835135 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Open from 7 am to 7 pm.

Traditional J restaurant serving mostly pre-made affordable Thai food.
It’s slightly bigger than the average J, thus offering more dish options.
The traditional northern sausage was delicious, it’s a great chance to try northern Thai food that would otherwise contain animal products.

 

Akha River House
Budget Hotel
Address: 423/25 Moo 21, Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.916257,99.832216 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 423/25 หมู่ที่ 21 ถนน เกาะลอย 1 ตำบล เวียง อำเภอ เมืองเชียงราย
Website: http://www.akhahotel.com/

A budget riverside hotel run by the Akha people, prices go from 200 to 600 baht depending on the room.
The Akha are an indigenous hill tribe originally from China, they migrated to Southeast Asia in the early 20th century.
They are one of the largest hill tribe groups in Thailand.

 

 

What an amazing time we had in the northernmost province of Thailand.
What about you, ready to place it on your bucket list? Let us know in the comments below! ❤️

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Mae Salong – Hidden Paradise In Northern Thailand

History

At the northernmost province of Thailand, 80 km from Chiang Rai and only 6 km from Burma, a mountaintop village with intriguing history can be found.
All starts back in China, after the fall of the Kuomintang government in 1949, when most of the Chinese Nationalist Army escaped to Taiwan.
The 3rd and 5th Regiments of the 93rd Division from Yunnan refused to surrender and 12000 of them fled to Burma to continue an insurgency plan against the Communist People’s Republic.
In the beginning, they had American and Taiwanese support but were heavily attacked by Burma when their government got to know foreign forces were hiding on their forests.
With time politics shift, they no longer had the backup of Americans and Burma started to improve its relations with the communist party, leading to part of the group moving to Thailand in 1961.
They used Mae Salong as a base for an eventual counter-attack against communist China and funded their arms purchase with opium.
Located inside the once dangerous Golden Triangle (famous opium trade area), the only way they saw to keep their army and plans was being financed by the opium.
That brought a constant friction with neighbor Burmese warlord Khun Sa, who initially trained with the Kuomintang and later formed his own army.
In exchange for their stay and legitimation, the Thai government made a deal in which they had to help fight against Thailand’s own communist rebels. With their help, with years-long battles and after many lives were lost, Thailand defeated the then rising communist threat. Only in 1982, the soldiers were released and finally seated down peacefully in Mae Salong.
Since then the opium was exchanged for other crops with a special focus in oolong tea, which nowadays is a famous high-quality product that is national and internationally appreciated.

Chinese City?

I read comments online about how the city nowadays looks Thai, that there are no more Chinese influences, and what has left is very commercial; I disagree.
We speak Chinese ourselves and we could hear the language all around and used it to communicate while in town.
We lived for long periods in China and in Thailand, this is a Chinese city no doubt, from the food to the people.
Around the village many hill tribe communities can be found as well, what may bring confusion about the ethnicity of the people for the tourists, what is actually funny because most of the hill tribes also decent back to China (with obvious different migration time).
Of course, they are Thai nationals and there’s thai influence but they carry their traditions strongly and make their village a beautiful Yuannese paradise inside Thailand.
Mae Salong (แม่สลอง), officially Santikhiri (สันติคีรี), is now home to peace and quiet with stunning views and is perfect for those looking for secluded relaxation.

Mae Salong, Thailand

How To Get From Chiang Rai To Mae Salong

By Car/Motorbike: We rented a motorbike to better explore the area, which we recommend (for those with driving experience).
The motorbike costs 200 baht per day, even better deals can be made if renting for extended periods of time.
If you can rent a car, it is probably the best option because of the increased safety.
The first part of the journey is amidst the city and traffic but the second half is the complete opposite, with beautiful countryside views and almost no-one else on the streets.

By Bus: From Chang Rai Old Bus Station, take a bus to Mae Sai and get off at Pasang (make sure you mention you are going to Mae Salong because there’s more than 1 Pasang in this province), it cost 39 baht and takes about 1 hour.
From Pasang take a songthaew to Mae Salong, which departs 4 times per day, they will leave when full.
To get back to Chiang Rai songthaews leave from Shin Sane guesthouse 4 times per day.
We haven’t done this route ourselves and thus can’t give a feedback on it.

By Taxi: You can download the GrabTaxi app (similar to Uber) and book a ride departing from Chiang Rai.
Another option is asking your hotel reception for a taxi, most of the hotels will arrange that easily.
It will cost around 1000-2000 baht.

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Tamachat
Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: Sanambin Road, T Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.906253,99.828596 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ถนนสนามบิน อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Open from 7 am to 3 pm, closed on Sundays.

Traditional J style veggie restaurant serving simple Thai food with several booths in one location.

 

Mountain View Kitchen
Address: 444 Moo 12, Pung Taeng, Chiang Rai
Address in Thai: 444หมู่12ต.ป่าตึง.แม่จันจ.เชียงราย
Facebook Page: ครัว เดอะ เมาท์เท่นวิวmountain view kitchen
Open from 8 am to 12 am.

On our way to Mae Salong, we spotted this beautiful cafe, it is the perfect scenic stop.

 

Doi Mae Salong – ดอยแม่สลอง
GPS: 20.166397,99.617223 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)

The Mae Salong Mountain is home to the Santikhiri village, known as Mae Salong.
It’s located in Mae Fa Luang District, just 6 km of Burma, with the highest point of 1,367 m.

 

Shin Sane Guesthouse & Bungalow
Address: 119 Moo 1, Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.165881,99.625559 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 119หมู่1 ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง
Website: https://www.shinsaneguesthouse.com/

The first guesthouse in Mae Salong established in 1970.
Great value for money, centrally sited, impeccably clean.

Mae Salong, Thailand

 

101 Tea Plantation, Factory and Tea House – ไร่ชา 101
Address: 83 Moo 6, Tambon Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.160544,99.660866 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 83 หมู่ที่ 6 ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง
Website: http://www.101teaplantation.com/101teasmaesalong.html
Open from 7 am to 6 pm.

You can’t leave this place without visiting a tea house and plantation, it is a must to truly experience Mae Salong.
The 101 Tea is one of the places which gives you the complete process, an absolute joy to visit.

 

Wang Pu Tan – วังพุดตาล
Tea House and Plantation
Address: 1130 Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.165127,99.632916 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 1130 ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง
Website: http://www.wangputtan.com/tea

The tea house offers great quality and variety, it’s an enjoyable tea tasting and shopping experience.
The plantations count with giant decorations and are a pleasure to stroll around.

Mae Salong, Thailand

 

Central Tea Market
Address: Santi Khiri, Tambon Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.159263,99.622726 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: สันติคีรี ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง
Open from 8 am to 8 pm (time vary from shop to shop).

By the ground zero of the city, you can find a street market dedicated to the wonderful tea of the region.
Dried fruits and nuts, as well as utensils for tea, can also be found.

 

Phumaketawan Coffe – ภูเมฆตะวัน กาแฟ
Address: Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.160875,99.650947 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง

With a stunning view, perfect to take in the beauty that surrounds it while sipping the star of the city.

 

Sinakarintra Stit Mhasantikhiri Pagoda – พระบรมธาตุศรีนครินทราสถิตย์มหาสันติคีรี
Address: Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.169434,99.623022 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง

Placed in the top of a mountain offering a pretty view of the village.
Great to watch the sunset while inserted in good vibes.

 

Yang Ming
Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 37/2 Mae Salong Nok, Amphoe Mae Fa Luang
GPS: 20.164458,99.624246 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 37/2 ต.แม่สลองนอก อ.แม่ฟ้าหลวง
Open from 8 am to 9 pm.

On our first day, the only vegetarian restaurant in the village was closed but we got to try it on our second day and it’s approved.
It is sited on a very simple yet somehow charming greenish wooden house where the family also runs a motorbike renting shop.

 

More about Mae Salong is coming soon, stay tuned!🇹🇭

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Is There A beach In Chiang Rai ??! – Thailand

Chiang Rai is a big mix of attractions and is always full of surprises.
After our first experience in a hot spring up in the hills by the Akha village, we decided to try out one more in the region.
After that, pause for the always flavorful Thai food, a picturesque temple, and some relaxation at the beach on a beachless city.

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Parthom
Vegan Restaurant
Address: Thanalai Road, T Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.907969,99.827196 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ถนน ธนาลัย อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Open from 6:30 am to 5 pm, closed on Sundays.

Is There A beach In Chiang Rai ??! - Thailand

Traditional J style Thai restaurant offering a few western style dishes as well.
Affordable prices and central location.

 

Pong Phrabat Hot Spring
Address: 1511, Ban Du, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.977888,99.832179 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 1511 ตำบล บ้านดู่ อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Admission: 20 baht for the communal pool, 50-120 baht private
Open from 8 am to 8 pm.

Located 10 km away from the city center.
Cheap Thai massage and street stalls available at the premises.

 

Lotus Leaf
Vegan Restaurant
Address: Phahonyothin Road, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.978047,99.859365 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ถนน พหลโยธิน อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย

We found a vegan restaurant on the way back to the city center that is not on the map.
It is a simple J restaurant serving cheap Thai food.

 

Wat Huay Pla Kang – วัดห้วยปลากั้ง
Buddhist Temple
Address: 553/3 Rimkok, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.949786,99.806401 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 553 หมู่ 3 ตำบลริมกก อำเภอเมือง จังหวัดเชียงราย
Admission: free for the complex, 40 baht to enter the white statue
Website: http://www.wathyuaplakang.org/

An impressive temple counting with 2 breathtaking main constructions.
One of them is the 9-tiered pagoda, beautifully done and with plenty of details to be appreciated on each floor.
The other is an even bigger construction, a stunning white statue representing the Goddess of Mercy.
Sited 7 km away from the city center, the temple is quite new, established in 2001 with the Guan Yin stature being added later.

 

Chiang Rai Beach – หาดเชียงราย
Riverfront
Address: Rop Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.917747,99.793693 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล รอบเวียง อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย

There’s no actual beach in Chiang Rai, this is the way locals call a nice riverfront area on the outskirts of the city.
it is a nice place to grab a drink, have a picnic, and bath in the river.
If you have limited time in town, this can be skipped, it’s more of a relaxation moment after a tour day for those who have the luxury of time.

Is There A beach In Chiang Rai ??! - Thailand

 

Chiang Rai Rumleuk Kaffee Hub – เชียงรายรำลึก
Address: Thanon Baanpa Pragarn Road, T Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.907047,99.831324 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล เวียง อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Open from 6 pm to 12 am.

Cool cafe with the Clock Tower as a view.

 

Oasis
Vegan Restaurant
Address: 612/93 Sirikorn Market Paholyothin Road, T Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.905563,99.835135 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Open from 7 am to 7 pm.

Traditional J restaurant serving mostly pre-made affordable Thai food.
It’s slightly bigger than the average J, thus offering more dish options.
The traditional northern sausage was delicious, it’s a great chance to try northern Thai food that would otherwise contain animal products.

 

Loads of adventures in Northern Thailand are coming, stay tuned!🇹🇭

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Natural Building And Hot Spring – Chiang Rai, Thailand

Nearby the Akha Hill Tribe we experienced our first time dipping into a hot spring, with absolute sure, not the last.
Surrounded by all this goodness we met Steve, building his own house using natural methods, something that is subject of our deepest interest.
Vibrant nature, exotic food, and kind people; definitely a day to remember.

Natural Building And Hot Spring - Chiang Rai, Thailand

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Akha Hill Tribe
GPS: 19.943575,99.672874 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Website: http://www.akhahill.com/

Click here to see our other post whit details about it.

 

Phasoet Hot Spa
Address: Tambon Doi Hang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.957453,99.691366 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล ดอยฮาง อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Admission: 30 baht adult, 10 baht children
Open from 8 am to 6 pm, closed on Tuesdays.

Even though is hot in Chiang Rai, up in the hills the weather changes to a colder breeze.
It goes spectacularly well with the hot springs of the area.

 

Porwin Vegetarian
Vegan Restaurant
Address: Singhaclai Road, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.912096,99.830768 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ถนนสิงหไคล ตำบล เวียง อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย

Traditional J restaurant serving ready-made, affordable Thai vegan food.

 

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The Wonders Of Nature Around The Akha Hill Tribe – Chiang Rai, Thailand

Our second day staying with the Akha Hill Tribe was full of natural wonders and peaceful relaxation.
Those who wish to be in a quiet environment, having direct contact with nature, and out of the beaten path can’t miss this place!

How To Get There

Click here to see our post about it.

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Akha Hill Tribe
GPS: 19.943575,99.672874 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Website: http://www.akhahill.com/

Click here to see our other post about it.

 

Lam Nam Kok National Park – Kao Yai National Park – Huay Mark Liam Hot Spring
Address: Tambon Doi Hang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.962312,99.679252 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล ดอยฮาง อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย

With a natural 56 degrees Celsius hot spring, free camping space, and rich fauna and flora.
Apart from the staff, we didn’t meet anyone while walking around the park, perfect for those who want to be secluded.

 

Baan Suan Ing Doi – บ้านสวนอิงดอย
Address: Tambon Doi Hang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.957544,99.699446 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: บ้านผาเสริฐ ตำบล ดอยฮาง อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย

 

Huay Keaw Waterfall – น้ำตกห้วยแก้ว
Address: Tambon Doi Hang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.939990,99.671112 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล ดอยฮาง อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย

A quick trek brings you to this beautiful waterfall, which it is located near the Akha village.
Not in the schedule of most of the tourists, it is a peaceful place to spend some time appreciating the nature by yourself.

 

Madam Hill Coffee
Address: 345 Tambon Doi Hang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.922968,99.756401 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 345 ตำบล ดอยฮาง อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Madam-Hill-Coffee-168500200561603/
Open from 9 am to 5 pm, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

This place caught our attention the 3 times we passed by on our way in and out of the Akha village, unfortunately, it was closed when we finally got around to visit it.
Still, the ambiance is all you need here, we recommend the stop if nearby.

 

Mae Kok Foundation – มูลนิธิแม่กก
Address: Doi Hang, Chiang Rai, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.960262,99.702779 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล ดอยฮาง อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MaekokFoundation/

After discovering Madam Hill cafe was closed, on our search for a beautiful view to have a coffee/tea and relax we found a little cafe inside the Mae Kok Foundation with a stunning riverfront view.

 

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Staying With The Akha Hill Tribe – Chiang Rai, Thailand

Located 24 km from Chiang Rai city center, 1500 m above sea level, the Akha village can be found.
The scenic ride couldn’t be more pleasing passing by rice fields, hot springs, mountain, rivers, temples, villages, and lush greens.
When arriving in the village the theme is kept, it’s placed in a valley surrounded by tea plantations.

The Akha are an indigenous hill tribe originally from China, they migrated to Southeast Asia in the early 20th century.
They are one of the largest hill tribe groups in Thailand.
We had the pleasure to spend some time with them and their beautiful surroundings and here goes some tips for you to do it too.

 

The Hotel

Luckily, for those who wish to stay, the Akha run a budget hotel inside their village.
Prices go from 200 to 1200 baht depending on the room.
The bamboo bungalow fits perfectly with the environment and creates a magical light effect when the sunrise comes.
Everything is very simple, more suitable for those who don’t mind budget stays.
Here their website: http://www.akhahill.com/

 

How To Get there

Sited 13 km away from the city center, some kind of transportation will be needed to access the village.
To better explore Chiang Rai, we recommend renting a motorcycle( 200 baht per day) or a car during your stay(if you are an experienced driver).
If that is not desired or possible, free transport (on limited hours) is offered for those staying at their hotel.
Another option is grabbing a taxi or booking guided treks on the surroundings.

GPS: 19.943575,99.672874 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Website: http://www.akhahill.com/

 

Here other addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Full Moon Wellness Cafe
Address: 118/9 T. Sang Khong Noi, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.901473,99.823570 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 118/9 ถนน สันโค้งน้อย ตำบล รอบเวียง อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/fullmoonwellnesscafe/
Open from 8:30 am to 5 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm.

Cool space with healthy options, counts with vegan choices.
Just one of the granolas doesn’t contain honey, be aware of that if you are vegan.

 

Boonsita – บุญสิตา
Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 1041/7 Sathorn Payabarn Road, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.901521,99.830462 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 1041/7 ถ.สถานพยาบาล ต.รอบเวียง อ.เมือง จ.เชียงราย
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/boonsitahealthyfood/
Open from 7 am to 4:30 pm, closed on Saturdays.

 

Click here to have a look in our first video visiting the Chiang Rai Akha village and here to see our visit to the Akha in Chiang Mai.
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The Black House and Doi Tung Mountain – Chiang Rai, Thailand

So many stunning and unique things to see on Chiang Rai and its surroundings!
How wonderful to be able to experience all these new places and sensations in one day!

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Tamachat
Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: Sanambin Road, T Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.906253,99.828596 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ถนนสนามบิน อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Open from 7 am to 3 pm, closed on Sundays.

Traditional J style veggie restaurant serving simple Thai food with several booths in one location.

 

Baandam Museum – The Black House – พิพิธภัณฑ์บ้านดำ
Address: 414 Moo 13, Nanglae, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.991623,99.861111 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 414 หมู่ 13 ตำบล นางแล อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Website: http://www.thawan-duchanee.com/
Admission: 80 baht
Open from 9 am to 5 pm.

The part museum, part home created by the national artist Thawan Duchanee is a popular site in Chiang Rai.
It can be found 11 km from the city center and features work that mixes modern and traditional Thai art.
Together with the main black house, there are several other buildings arranged on a quiet garden.
The artist interpretation of Buddhist philosophy is controversial but nowadays mostly accepted by Thai people and representing their culture around the world.
IMPORTANT: For vegan,s it is a hard walk around, we completely respect the work of the artist but the scenes can be very strong for vegans and we recommend skipping it.

 

Give Green Farm
Organic Restaurant
Address: 300 Moo 13, Near Baan Dam Black House Museum, Nanglae, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.992426,99.859063 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 300 หมู่ 13 ตำบล นางแล อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Open from 7 am to 7 pm.

The Black House and Doi Tung Mountain - Chiang Rai, Thailand

 

Mae Fah Luang Botanical Gardens – สวนรุกขชาติแม่ฟ้าหลวง – Doi Tung – ดอยตุง
Gardens, Royal Villa and Arboretum
Address: Mae Fah Luang District, Chiang Rai
GPS: 20.289688,99.810313 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล แม่ฟ้าหลวง อำเภอ แม่ฟ้าหลวง เชียงราย
Website: http://www.maefahluang.org/
Admission: 90 baht each or 220 for a combo
Open from 7 am to 5:30 pm.

Found 60 km from the city center and 18 km from Burma, the beautiful place is also history rich.
Doi Tung was once a dangerous area, where opium was produced and trade.
The Princess Srinagarindra, who was given the title of Princess Mother by the hill tribe people, organized a Royal project to help the local villagers to have a new source of income and thus not depend on the opium production starting in the late 60’s. It was part of the government efforts to eradicate opium in the country.
Nowadays the problems are in the past, the villagers switched crops, they sell their produce and crafts, and work at the princess project.
The coffee and macadamia from Doi Tung are now famous and well appreciated all over Thailand.
Plants from many climates and regions can be found at the impeccable gardens, the Royal villa where the princess used to stay can now be visited as well.

 

Hill Tribes Street Market
Address: Mae Fah Luang District, Chiang Rai
GPS: 20.290986,99.811622 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล แม่ฟ้าหลวง อำเภอ แม่ฟ้าหลวง เชียงราย
Open from 7 am to 5:30 pm.

The Akha people and other hill tribes have a street market just outside the Mae Fah Luang gardens.
It is an awesome place to see exotic fruits and seeds, tribal clothing and accessories, and to taste and stash tea from their plantations.

The Black House and Doi Tung Mountain - Chiang Rai, Thailand

 

Choui Fong Tea Plantation – ไร่ชา ฉุยฟง
Address: 97 Moo 8 Pasang, Maechan, Chiang Rai
GPS: 20.199877,99.816431 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 97 หมู่ 8 ตำบล ป่าซาง อำเภอ แม่จัน เชียงราย
Website: http://www.chouifongtea.com/en
Open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

Located 40 km from the city center holding a stunning view.
It’s perfect for those who want to relax in a peaceful environment.
Sited in the way to Doi Tung, perfect to fit in a day itinerary to explore that area.

 

J Vegetarian Restaurant – ร้านอาหารเจ ป้าพลอย
Address: 17/1 Moo 2, Pa Tueng, Mae Chan
GPS: 20.148871,99.849527 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 17/1 หมู่ที่ 2 ตำบล ป่าตึง อำเภอ แม่จัน
Facebook Page: ร้านอาหารเจ ป้าพลอย
Open from 6 am to 6 pm.

 

Chiang Rai Saturday Night Walking Street – ถนนคนเดินเชียงราย
Street Market
Address: Thanalai Road, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.908752,99.830763 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ถนน ธนาลัย อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Open Saturdays from 6 pm to 12 pm.

The coolest market in town!
If you happen to be in Chiang Rai on a Saturday we definitely recommend you to visit it.
In case you are lucky to spot the dates and coconut pancake stall, make sure to try it, they are extremely delicious and vegan!

The Black House and Doi Tung Mountain - Chiang Rai, Thailand

 

 

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Visiting The Akha Hill Tribe – Chiang Rai, Thailand

Located 24 km from Chiang Rai city center, 1500 m above sea level, the Akha village can be found.
The scenic ride couldn’t be more pleasing passing by rice fields, hot springs, mountain, rivers, temples, villages, and lush greens.
When arriving in the village the theme is kept, it’s placed in a valley surrounded by tea plantations.

The Akha are an indigenous hill tribe originally from China, they migrated to Southeast Asia in the early 20th century.
They are one of the largest hill tribe groups in Thailand.
Luckily, for those who wish to stay, the Akha run a budget hotel inside their village.
Prices go from 200 to 1200 baht depending on the room.

How To Get there

Sited 13 km away from the city center, some kind of transportation will be needed to access the village.
To better explore Chiang Rai, we recommend renting a motorcycle( 200 baht per day) or a car during your stay(if you are an experienced driver).
If that is not desired or possible, free transport (on limited hours) is offered for those staying at their hotel.
Another option is grabbing a taxi or booking guided treks on the surroundings.

Here all addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Akha Hill Tribe
GPS: 19.943575,99.672874 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Website: http://www.akhahill.com/

Barrab
Vegan-friendly Restaurant
Address: 3/2 Sang-Kaew Road, T Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.912306,99.827585 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 3/2 ซอย เเสงเเก้ว ถนน ไตรรัตน์ ตำบล เวียง อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Website: https://barrab-restaurant-chiangrai-is-relocated-from.business.site/
Open from 11 am to 8:30 pm, closed on Wednesdays.

Nice space, unfortunately with limited vegan options.

 

Chiang Rai Night Bazaar – เชียงรายไนท์บาร์ซ่า
Address: near old bus terminal, Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.905439,99.834672 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ตำบล เวียง อำเภอเมืองเชียงราย
Open from 6 pm to 11:30 pm.

The walking street is a traditional Thai night market style.
It’s not a big one, but has some charming hill tribe crafts and art, and can be a fun laid-back place to grab a drink.
Foodwise, for vegans there’s only fresh fruits.

 

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Visiting The Akha Hill Tribe - Chiang Rai, Thailand

 

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The Unique Blue Temple – Wat Rong Seur Ten – Chiang Rai, Thailand

Everyone that comes to Chiang Rai will visit the White Temple but not everyone knows about the stunning Blue one.
This beauty, rich in details and colors, is on our must-see list while in Chiang Rai.

The local villagers wanted to have a temple nearby and decided to build it where a 100 years old temple ruin was located.
Rong Seur Ten means “House Of The Dancing Tiger”, named after the actual tigers that used to jump the Mae Kok river in this area in the past.
It was established in 2005 and completed in 2016, still, in 2018 when we visited we could see new features getting done.
The artist is a student of Chalermchai Kositpipat, the White Temple creator, thus a modern take can be seen in between the traditional Buddhist style.

The inside walls depict the life of Buddha, with the blue color representing the Dharma.
Together with the main blue, the color pallet of the paintings is breathtaking and use unique shades compared to any other temples in Thailand.
The white Buddha statue is a beautiful contrast with the colors and at the same time reflects the blue walls, a true show of colors.

How To Get There

Located 3 km away from the city center, some kind of transportation will be needed to access the temple.
To better explore Chiang Rai, we recommend renting a motorcycle or car during your stay(if you are an experienced driver).
If that is not desired or possible, grab a taxi or tuk-tuk which will cost around 50-100 baht. Make sure to think about the ride back in case you see there’s no waiting transportation around the temple.
We rented a motorcycle for 200 baht per day.

Wat Rong Seur Ten – วัดร่องเสือเต้น – The Blue Temple
Address: 306 Moo 2, Maekok Road, T Rim Kok, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.923392,99.841739 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 306 หมู่ที่ 2 ถนน แม่กก ตำบล ริมกก อำเภอ เมืองเชียงราย
Admission: free
Open from 6 am to 8 pm.

The Blue Temple - Wat Rong Seur Ten - Chiang Rai, Thailand

Here other addresses and extra info from everything you saw on the video:

Oasis
Vegan Restaurant
Address: 612/93 Sirikorn Market Paholyothin Road, T Wiang, Chiang Rai
GPS: 19.905563,99.835135 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Open from 7 am to 7 pm.

Traditional J restaurant serving mostly pre-made affordable Thai food.
It’s slightly bigger than the average J, thus offering more dish options.
The traditional northern sausage was delicious, is a great chance to try northern Thai food that would otherwise contain animal products.

The Blue Temple - Wat Rong Seur Ten - Chiang Rai, Thailand

 

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The Enigmatic White Temple!!! – Wat Rong Khun – Chiang Rai, Thailand

For our first day in Chiang Rai, nothing could be better than visiting the long-awaited White Temple!

History and Curiosities

The original Wat Rong Khun was in bad shape and with failed plans for renovation when Chalermchai Kositpipat(เฉลิมชัย โฆษิตพิพัฒน์), a local artist, decided to rebuild the temple and fund it himself.
Nowadays, the privately-owned temple complex has seen 40 million baht investment from his dedicated owner, which plans to expand it further including a meditation teaching center between others until 2070.

The Enigmatic White Temple!!! - Wat Rong Khun - Chiang Rai, Thailand
Chalermchai Kositpipat

The famous image that comes to mind when talking about the White Temple, is actually the temple ubosot (ordination hall), which is completely shiny white a traditional three-tiered roof and holds a surprise interior that is the total contrast.
Visitors are only allowed to take pictures and record outside the buildings, turning the interior in a big surprise for many.
Not only the color and intricate detail make the temple famous, the artist is known for mixing traditional Thai Buddhist art with contemporary images, and the Wat is not an exception.
In the past, Chalermchai has been strongly criticized by the more conservative Thais for his ways but since then, his polemical work started to grow on his people.
Unfortunately, due to the high number of people wanting to see the temple every day, the walk through the main building is rushed by the staff which are trying to avoid the line to stop.

Symbolism

The white color symbolizes the purity of Buddha and the mirrored glass his wisdom and reflective kindness.
Not only the ubosot is white but all the surrounding gates, statues, and buildings causing an alluring effect. With the exception of one golden building which represents the body and the worldly desires while the white representing the mind and illumination.