Koh Yao Yai To Koh Yao Noi + Room Tour – Thailand

Time to say goodbye to Yao Yai island and the next destination is the nearby neighbor Koh Yao Noi.
This time with the worry in mind about how much would the boat shake during the short trip due to the baby on board, I tranquilize any mothers to be by assuring you it is a soft ride(the taxi until the pier shook more😜), of course that may change during rough weather, be aware of that.
The 10 min (or less) ride cost 50 baht per person. It can be boarded on Chonglad pier, north of the island, you’ll probably need a taxi to get there unless you are staying nearby or dropping your rented vehicle nearby. Boats depart frequently during the day, it is not needed to worry about a schedule.

Arriving in Koh Yao Noi started well by being presented with much lighter taxi fees than Yao Yai.
The view on our way to the hotel also pleased us and our first impression was of a more structured place than Yao Yai.
Our hotel pick was Pasai Cottage, a budget beachfront bungalow with simple bamboo rooms and private cold shower.
Prices were around 600-700 baht at the time we stayed (high season).

Now, it’s time to explore Yao Noi, stay tuned for the upcoming adventures!

 

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Snorkeling Trip To The 3 Khai Islands! – Koh Yao Yai, Thailand

With the most amazing news in mind (click here if you don’t know what i’m talking about), we depart to our scheduled snorkeling trip to the 3 Khai Islands.
The Khai islands are located very near Koh Yao Yai, a long tail boat is enough for the trip. There are tours coming from other islands by speed boat but that is not necessary if you’re staying in Koh Yao Yai.
They are pretty white sand tinny islands counting with bars and limited food and snacks.

Snorkeling Trip To The 3 Khai Islands! - Koh Yao Yai, Thailand

Sunbath chairs placed in the shadow are rented for overpriced fees at all the 3 islands, depending on the day and time of your visit you’ll understand how hot it gets in the otherwise shadeless islands and may even agree to pay the price for the desired sun relieve.
The water is crystal clear for swimming yet not as clear for snorkeling, the visibility is compromised and there’s not much to see underwater apart from some small fish (this may change with time and season) and mostly hard coral.
It is a nice time out for those staying in Koh Yao Yai but i would not recommend the trip if you’re staying further away.
White sand and clear water, perfect for sunbathing and swimming at the shallow sandy bottom shore.
Price-wise, you’ll see many advertisements for this tour around the island, mostly offering a 4 hour trip for 1500 baht per person. We found a nicer deal in Glow Elixir Beach with the boatmen that stay by a tour sign by the beach. Unlimited time for 2000 baht per boat.
An important reminder is to bring water, they sell it for three times its price on the islands and it will be really needed. It was a hot day when we did our tour and sunblock and hydrating were essential.
If you are vegan, bringing your own meal from Yao Yai will be a must as they sell mostly seafood on the 3 islands and the grilled corn is made side-by-side with the lobster. Still, you can find drinks and some always welcomed fresh coconut water on the stalls.

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

Loh Jark Beach
South West Of The Island
GPS: 7.933772,98.574445

Our hotel was located at this beach.
It is a quiet and beautiful stretch of sand, only disturbed by a unfortunate pier construction right in the middle of the bay.

 

Glow Elixir Beach
South West Of The Island
GPS: 7.925620,98.577111 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Website: http://elixir.glowhotels.com/

One of the top beaches to visit while on the island.
We chose to depart from this location to our snorkeling trip due finding a better deal with the boatmen from this beach.

 

3 Khai Islands
GPS:
Koh Khai Nok – เกาะไข่นอก : 7.891332,98.515475
Koh Khai Nui – เกาะไข่ใน : 7.897203,98.511179
Koh Khai Noi – เกาะไข่น้อย : 7.908472,98.549740

 

Sareefah Seafood Restaurant
South West Of The Island
GPS: 7.925885,98.579632 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Open from 9 am to 10 pm.

Snorkeling Trip To The 3 Khai Islands! - Koh Yao Yai, Thailand

With good English and clear understanding of Jie(vegan food), they were able to cook us delicious vegan food even though it was not listed on the menu.
After our meal, our boatman approached the restaurant and we discovered it is owned by his family. Cool coincidence.

 

More of amazing Thailand is coming soon! Stay connected!💙

Snorkeling Trip To The 3 Khai Islands! - Koh Yao Yai, Thailand

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Surprise Pregnancy Announcement To My Husband

I imagined this moment uncountable times, thought about the many ways it could be done, dreamed about it.
Got emotional with every mind scheming of the perfect reveal, deeply hoped for the day to come.
Yet when it happened, my first reaction was to count my fingers, in order to prove to myself I wasn’t dreaming.
I felt the amount of blessing was so great it couldn’t even be real, it was hard to believe the long prayed occasion had come true.
I am immensely glad to say it has! Life bloomed in all its glory, bringing us the most beautiful miracle of the Universe.
We are pregnant! PREGNANT! P-R-E-G-N-A-N-T!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!✨✨✨

Surprise Pregnancy Announcement To My Husband

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The Island Postcard !!! Koh Yao Yai – Thailand

One more day enjoying beautiful beaches on an exotic island!
White powdery banks of sand that give the illusion that you can walk until the next island on low tide.
Magical Thailand displaying its dazzling beauty as always.

 

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

Loh Jark Beach
South West Of The Island
GPS: 7.933772,98.574445 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)

How To Get To Koh Yao Yai from Phuket + First Views of The Island - Thailand

Our hotel was located on this beach.
It is a quiet and beautiful stretch of sand, only disturbed by an unfortunate pier construction right in the middle of the bay.

 

Dr. Saad Medical Massage
Middle West Of The Island
Address: Ban Lo Po, Koh Yao Yai
GPS: 7.997343,98.590189 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Website: http://www.doctorsaad.com/
Phone: +66 (0)89 68 599 40
Open from 10 am to 10 pm, will open earlier with an appointment.

A third-generation blind masseur with the reputation of curing all kinds of physical issues.

 

Laem Had Beach
North East Of The Island
GPS: 8.079725,98.593846 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)

The most beautiful beach in Koh Yao Yai, a must see.

 

Glow Elixir Beach
South West Of The Island
GPS: 7.925620,98.577111 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Website: http://elixir.glowhotels.com/

One of the top beaches to visit while on the island.

 

How do you like Koh Yao Yai so far?
If you need to see more before your final conclusion, don’t worry, it’s coming soon!

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The Best Beach Of Koh Yao Yai !!! – Thailand

Time to explore Yao Yai!
Our first stop is the most stunning point of the island, which showed us breathtaking views on the way.

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

Loh Jark Beach
South West Of The Island
GPS: 7.933772,98.574445

How To Get To Koh Yao Yai from Phuket + First Views of The Island - Thailand

Our hotel was located on this beach.
It is a quiet and beautiful stretch of sand, only disturbed by an unfortunate pier construction right in the middle of the bay.

 

Laem Had Beach
North East Of The Island
GPS: 8.079725,98.593846

The most beautiful beach in Koh Yao Yai, a must see.

 

Chaba Restaurant
North East Of The Island
Address: Unnamed Road near Better View Resort, Koh Yao Yai
GPS: 8.052932,98.597875 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Open from 10 am to 10 pm.

The communication in order to get a vegan meal was quite hard, it is usually much simpler even when no English is spoken.
For that reason, we recommend trying somewhere else.

 

Lo Paret Beach
Middle West Of The Island
GPS: 7.981469,98.569057

 

Dr. Saad Medical Massage
Middle West Of The Island
Address: Ban Lo Po, Koh Yao Yai
GPS: 7.997343,98.590189 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Website: http://www.doctorsaad.com/
Phone: +66 (0)89 68 599 40
Open from 10 am to 10 pm, will open earlier with an appointment.

The Best Beach Of Koh Yao Yai !!! - Thailand

A third-generation blind masseur with the reputation of curing all kinds of physical issues.

 

Banrimnam Restaurant
North Of The Island
Address: Klong Hia Pier, Koh Yao Yai
GPS: 8.083535,98.564507 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: ท่าเรือ คลองเหีย เกาะยาวใหญ่
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Baan-Rim-Nam-Ko-Yao-Yai-1359999024019496/
Open from 11 am to 8:30 pm.

A pier view restaurant which will cook yummy vegan food under request.

 

There are many more blue skies and sandy days coming soon! Stay tuned!

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How To Get To Koh Yao Yai from Phuket + First Views of The Island – Thailand

Time to explore a new Thai island! There we go Koh Yao Yai!
Expect all you need to know about the island soon, starting today let’s see how to get there:

How To Get To Koh Yao Yai from Phuket + First Views of The Island - Thailand

 

How To Get From Phuket To Koh Yao Yai

There’s no airport in Koh Yao Yai, after getting nearby the island the only way to access it is by boat.
The closest point is Phuket (Click here to see how to get to Phuket), we’ll be explaining how to transfer from Phuket to Koh Yao Yai step-by-step.
As you saw on the video there are 2 piers which can be used for this route. One is called Bang Rong Pier located on the northeast of the island and the other one is called Chianwanich located at the southeast of the island.
Phuket is the largest island in Thailand so save about 1 hour to go from your hotel to either of these piers, the best is asking your hotel how long it will take because if you are staying out of the main beaches time may differ. There’s no public transportation to access the piers, scheduling a taxi will be needed.
Bang Rong Pier pier counts with speed boat and private longtail boats only. Chianwanich Pier has speed boats and car ferry for those who can’t/don’t want to ride a speed boat or wishes to bring a car/motorbike together. Speed boat rides take about 40 min, the car ferry and longtail boat take 1 hour.
Here the boat timetable:

Boats from Phuket To Koh Yao Yai

 Speed BoatCar FerryLongtail Boat
Chianwanich Pier
(arrive at Loh Jark Pier)
- 10:00, 17:00 (there are more boats in between this times without accurate schedule)
- 200 baht per person
- 08:30, 10:00, 14:00
(no service on Fridays)
- 140 baht per person, 400 baht with car
X
Bang Rong Pier
(arrive at Klong Hia Pier)
- 07:40, 08:40, 09:15, 09:40, 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:15, 14:30, 15:00, 16:00, 17:00, 17:30
- 300 baht per person
X- private, schedule up to you during day time
- 2000 baht per boat

Another thing to be considered is if your hotel in Koh Yao Yai offers the transfer, contact them beforehand and remember to specify the departure pier.
Is also important to check the location of your hotel because the final stops of the boats depend from where they departed, for example, from Bang Rong Pier pier they stop in Klong Hia Pier(unless you hire a private long tail that will leave you at your hotel) and Chianwanich pier will leave you at Loh Jark Pier in Koh Yao Yai.
As these boats can’t be booked with travel agents or hotels in town, information is scarce and often inaccurate. The only way to buy the tickets is in person at the piers which are located quite far away from the main hotel areas. Yet, there’s always available space in the boats and/or extra boats departing, don’t worry about staying without tickets (unless you’re bringing a car, then calling the pier in advance is advisable, help from a Thai speaker will be needed, phone: (087) 896 0756 or (087) 2720132.

 

We were welcomed by a new shade of blue to our eyes on the island sky, the masterpiece was completed with a touch of swinging coconut trees.
Sand down, sun up, what a wonderful world!💙

 

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Kamala Beach – Phuket – Thailand

Sleep deprived yet bubbling energy for everything around.
Stunning Thailand deserves every drop of awakens we can get.😉

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

Don Mueang International Airport – ท่าอากาศยานดอนเมือง
Address: 222 Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, Sanambin, Don Mueang, Bangkok
Address in Thai: ที่อยู่: 222 ถนน วิภาวดีรังสิต แขวง สนามบิน เขต ดอนเมือง กรุงเทพมหานคร
Bus: For the bus schedule, you can check the official airport website: http://donmueangairportthai.com/en/381-public-transport
Train service: Hua Lamphong train station is connected with Don Mueang Airport, for more information about trains you can check the official website of State Railway of Thailand: www.railway.co.th
Official website: http://donmueangairportthai.com

Kamala Beach - Phuket - Thailand

Asia’s oldest operating airport uses terminal 2 for domestic flights and terminal 1 for international flights.

Kamala Beach – หาดกมลา
GPS: 7.956761,98.283019

On our first and second time in Phuket we stay around Kata and Karon area, this time we wanted to explore a new area.
We chose Kamala due to its fame of an area preferred by locals, we had a short yet sweet stay in the busy beach.
In order to better explore Phuket, we suggest renting a motorbike or car to visit neighbor beaches, the views in between them and the uniqueness they bring are a must.

 

How To Get To Phuket

We have a step-by-step explanation including diverse transportation on how to get to Phuket from our first time there.
Click here to see it.

 

This time we had a short stay in beautiful Phuket but there’s more sun, sand, and sea coming up soon! Stay tuned!

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The Best Sunset In Bangkok !!! – Thailand

We are back to our loved Bkk, back to the Land Of Smiles!
Expect outstanding meals, views, and experiences all day long.
It is always a pleasure to be in the middle of such warm weather and hearts, we are grateful and filled with joy, time to explore!

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

Siam Self Storage
2 locations in Bangkok
Address: Location 1- 8 Udomsuk 31, Sukhumvit 103, Prakhanon – Location 2- 7 Ramkhamhaeng Soi 15, Huamark
GPS: Location1- 13.680324,100.624551 – Location2- 13.753663,100.608374 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Website: https://www.siam-selfstorage.com
Open from Mon-Fri 9 am to 5 pm, Sat-Sun 9 am to 1 pm, 24 hours open for active clients.
*Not sponsored.

In case you need storage during your trip have a look at their website.
We used it twice and it was pretty handy.

 

Veganerie Siam Paragon
Vegan Restaurant, 4 locations in Bangkok
Address: G floor, 991 Siam Paragon, Rama I Road, Bangkok
GPS: 13.747171,100.534488 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 991 อาคารสยามพารากอน แขวง ปทุมวัน เขต ปทุมวัน กรุงเทพมหานคร
BTS(skytrain): Siam – Sukhumvit line, exit 3
Website: https://www.veganerie.co.th/contact-branches/
Open from 10 am to 10 pm.

The vegan paradise has a few stores around the city if in the area or with time in the schedule we advise to visit Veganerie Concept, the bigger one which offers a huge variety of dishes.

 

Sunset Bar’s With Wat Arun View
*The address is a reference for the area, there are several restaurants and bars around this point.
Address: Maharat Road (then choose one of the alleys/cafes towards the riverfront around Pratu Nokyung Alley), Khwaeng Phra Borom Maha Ratchawang, Bangkok
GPS: 13.743804,100.492016 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for approximated location)

 

Wat Arun – Temple Of Dawn – วัดอรุณราชวรารามราชวรมหาวิหาร
Wat Arun Ratchawararam Ratchawaramahaviharn
Address: 158 Wang Doem Road, Talat Noi, Bangkok Yai, Bangkok
GPS: 13.743689,100.488913 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: 158 ถนน วังเดิม แขวง ตลาดน้อย เขต บางกอกใหญ่ กรุงเทพมหานคร
BTS(skytrain): Saphan Taksin BTS Station – Silom line, exit 2 (then take the boat at Sathorn Pier(Central Pier) – ท่าเรือสาทร)
Boat: Tha Tien pier, then take a shuttle boat across the river(some boats will stop in front of Wat Arun, ask the staff)
Website: http://www.watarun.net
Admission: 50 baht per person for foreigners
Open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm.

The Buddhist temple is placed by the Chao Phraya river and is one of Thailand’s landmark.
It is an architectural representation of Mount Meru, the center of the world in Buddhism, thus highly venerated by Thai people.
It is stunning by day and by night, shinning in such special way that impresses everyone.
After a day visit, we recommend crossing to the east side of the river to watch the sunset with the temple in perspective.

 

Mango
Vegetarian Restaurant
Address: 13 Thanon Tanao, Pranakorn, Bangkok (near Khao San Road)
GPS: 13.759612,100.499256 (copy and paste in map’s search bar for exact location)
Address in Thai: เลขที่ 13 ถนนตะนาว บวรนิเวศ เขต พระนคร กรุงเทพมหานคร
BTS(skytrain): Ratchathewi – Sukhumvit line, exit 3 (then take taxi/tuk-tuk for the next 4km)
Canal Boat (Klhong Saen Saeb): Phanfa Leelard pier (interchange at Pratunam pier if needed), then take a tuk-tuk/taxi.
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/MANGO-Vegetarian-Vegan-Reastaurant-and-Art-Gallery/821759707838666
Open from 10:30 am to 10:30 pm.

Delicious restaurant nearby Khao San Road.

 

A new journey started in alluring Thailand, stay connected to see all the beauty and adventure coming up!
Have you ever been to Thailand? Share your experience and favorite places with us in the comments below!💙

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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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TOP 10 Traditional THAI Desserts You Have To Try

Today we come with a list to please your sweet tooth!
The delectable traditional Thai desserts, exotic pieces of heaven that everyone should try.

TOP 10 Traditional THAI Desserts

 

1- Mango Sticky Rice – Khaoniao Mamuang

The simple look of the dish can mislead on how incredibly the ingredients compliment each other.
There’s just one way to understand it, you have to try it out!

TOP 10 Traditional THAI Desserts

2- Banana In Coconut Milk – Kluai Buat Chi

Once again, you’ll have to try it to understand this simple yet magical dish.
The coconut milk, often freshly made with the best coconuts in the world, hold outstanding taste on its own.
For Vegans: Some places may add cow milk, it is not a common practice but it’s possible, make sure to clarify your preferences.

TOP 10 Traditional THAI Desserts

3- Coconut Ice Cream – Itim Kati

Served in a coconut shell with fresh slices of coconut meat, this finger-licking sweet is a must-try.
It has several toppings for you to choose from like corn, chia seeds, pumpkin, sweet potato, palm seeds, sticky rice, peanuts, pineapple, banana, and more.
For Vegans: Contrary to the original recipe, nowadays many sellers add cow milk to the mixture, this is the case in about 60% of the times, make sure to ask.

TOP 10 Traditional THAI Desserts

 

4- Coconut Pancakes – Kanom Krok

These beauties are special from the way they are made to the final taste.
It can be filled with corn, sweet potato, taro, and even chives for a savory twist.
For vegans: So far I never came across a non-vegan one but I recommend to check every time.

TOP 10 Traditional THAI Desserts

 

5- Grilled Bananas – Kluai Hak Muk

The site of them is so attractive, and so is the taste.
Sometimes complimented by some dry coconut shreds to delight even further.

 

6- Coconut Rice Custard – Kanom Tuay

With subtle taste, the beautifully presented dessert is a joy to the eyes and to the mouth.

TOP 10 Traditional THAI Desserts

 

7- Coconut Biscuit With Pineapple Jam

The pineapple jam filling is to die for and it marries perfectly with the coconut biscuit.
This snack can be found everywhere in the country and the flavor is new and exciting, a party in your mouth.
For Vegans: There’s also version containing milk, make sure to always check the ingredients.

TOP 10 Traditional THAI Desserts

 

8- Fresh Coconut Pancakes – Kanom Ba-Bin

When I first tried them, I couldn’t believe how incredible these taste.
Sometimes sweetened by dates and sprinkled with sesame seeds, they are the kind of thing you can give up a meal and just eat them instead.
For Vegans: They are mostly vegan but versions with eggs can be found, which gives a yellow coloring to it, always check the ingredients with the vendor.

TOP 10 Traditional THAI Desserts

 

9- Thai Layered Jelly Cakes – Kanom Chan

The ancient dessert always counts with 9 layers, to bring fortune and prosperity.
Jelly-like, yet free of animals opposite from western jellies, the gluey texture is given by the tapioca and rice flour.

 

10- Thai Style Candied Pumpkin And Fruits

There are always street carts offering these sweets around the cities, they can also be found in street markets.
It can be found versions of banana, sweet potato, cassava, pumpkin, palm seeds, tamarind, taro, and more.

 

The best of all is that the 10 can be found naturally vegan, how awesome to be able to experience traditions and be kind at the same time!❤️
Don’t worry, if you want more, there’s plenty of awesome traditional desserts easily found around the country.
Have you tried any of these? Let us know in the comments below!🍬

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Top 10 Traditional Thai Dishes You Can’t Miss – VEGAN-FRIENDLY

Thailand already has all one can ask for, from ravishing nature to kind people, and yet it gets better!
The beauty and smiles are wrapped by fragrant, colorful, delectable food.
Apart from the incredible taste, the rich use of ingredients carries medicinal benefits for those who indulge in Thai cuisine.
Exotic flavors bring a whole experience of their own when traveling around this stunning country.

1- Khao Soi – ข้าวซอย

A Northern Thai dish, also traditional in Lao and Myanmar, the scrumptious Khao Soi is a must try while in Thailand.
It contains a mix of boiled and fried noodles, pickled mustard greens, shallots, lime, ground chili and curry-like sauce with coconut milk.
FOR VEGANS: Only possible to eat it on vegetarian or vegan restaurants, most of the other places will add eggs to the noodles.*

Top 10 Traditional Thai Dishes You Can’t Miss - VEGAN-FRIENDLY

2- Pad Thai – ผัดไทย

The famous stir-fried rice noodle with chopped roasted peanuts, tofu, tamarind pulp, red chili peppers, shallots, sugar, lime, bean sprouts, and leeks turns into a regular for anyone who tries it once.
It’s believed to have been introduced to the Ayutthaya Kingdom by Chinese traders, turned into a national dish, and nowadays Pad Thai is listed number 5 on a list of “World’s 50 Most Delicious Foods” by a CNN poll.
FOR VEGANS: Order with tofu as a replacement for the meat and make sure to clarify you’re vegan because some places can add oyster sauce for saltiness.*

Top 10 Traditional Thai Dishes You Can’t Miss - VEGAN-FRIENDLY

3- Tom Yum – ต้มยำ

The unique hot and sour soup is an explosion of flavors in your mouth.
With Thai origin, it counts with lemongrass, kaffir lime leaves, lime juice, galangal, crushed chili peppers, mushroom, coriander, tomato, sugar, and white onion to blow your mind.
FOR VEGANS: In general restaurants will offer it with shrimps, sometimes other meats, ask for a vegetable Tom Yum. Some places mix animal stock and/or fish sauce in the sauce and won’t be able to serve you.*

Top 10 Traditional Thai Dishes You Can’t Miss - VEGAN-FRIENDLY

4- Papaya Salad – ส้มตำ

In every corner, you’ll come across the exotic spicy salad.
Contrary to what you may expect, the dish is not sweet, it’s savory.
Peanuts, carrot, unripe papaya, sour lime, palm sugar, hot chili are the key ingredients. Other things may be added like tomatoes, green beans or other veggies.
The unusual dish probably originated in Lao and is also eaten in Cambodia and Vietnam.
FOR VEGANS: Most places will use oyster sauce, it can be replaced with soy sauce. Some spots will add shrimp, make sure to clarify you are vegan.*

Top 10 Traditional Thai Dishes You Can’t Miss - VEGAN-FRIENDLY
5- Fried Rice – ข้าวผัด
Basil Fried Rice – ข้าวผัดกะเพรา

Fried Thai jasmine rice mixed with chili and veggies, getting even better with the basil leaves variation.
The plate comes with a lime and some raw chopped veggies, like cucumber and chives, to add yet more flavor.
It has many variants in different cities and even restaurants.
FOR VEGANS: Often oyster sauce is used, only asking for no meat is not enough, explain that you are vegan.*

Top 10 Traditional Thai Dishes You Can’t Miss - VEGAN-FRIENDLY

6- Red Curry – แกงเผ็ด

A mouth-watering concoction of red curry paste with coconut milk.
The base paste is made with mortar and pestle, with the red coming from the chilies.
Garlic, shallots, galangal, salt, kaffir lime, coriander root, cumin seeds, peppercorns, and lemongrass are the other ingredients that make it so special and flavorful.
FOR VEGANS: The traditional paste may contain shrimp paste, vegans must ask about the paste composition apart from the meatless request.*

Top 10 Traditional Thai Dishes You Can’t Miss - VEGAN-FRIENDLY

7- Vegetable Fried Cashew Nuts – ผัดเม็ดมะม่วงหิมพานต์

Mixed veggies complement the delicious star of the dish, the usually locally produced cashews.
Often times it includes onion and bell pepper but all kinds of variations can be found.
FOR VEGANS: Explain that you’re vegan and want your food without fish sauce.*

Top 10 Traditional Thai Dishes You Can’t Miss - VEGAN-FRIENDLY

8- Tom Ka – ต้มข่า

Everywhere you will be able to find a Tom Ka, which consists of a hot and sour soup with coconut milk.
In addition, it features galangal, kaffir lime, lemongrass, chili, coriander, and lime juice.
The dish is also traditional in Lao.
FOR VEGANS: Ask for a veggie Tom Ka, always remembering to request for no fish sauce.*

Top 10 Traditional Thai Dishes You Can’t Miss - VEGAN-FRIENDLY

9- Spring Rolls – อาหารไทย ปอเปี๊ยะทอด

A crispy treat, classic in many countries and likewise a Thai sweetheart.
The rice paper holds grated carrot, vermicelli, and shredded cabbage – extra ingredients sometimes are added.
The sweet chili and peanut sauce dip wrap the flavors together and create sheer perfection.
FOR VEGANS: Some places will use egg batter together with the flour to cover the roll, make sure to check with each place as it varies.*

Top 10 Traditional Thai Dishes You Can’t Miss - VEGAN-FRIENDLY

10- Green Curry – แกงเขียวหวาน

The color comes from the green chilies which are mixed with coconut milk in the curry base.
A proper green curry comes with Thai eggplant and pea aubergine, other veggies are added too (especially green ones) but the first two are signature of the dish.
FOR VEGANS: Apart from choosing the veggie option, inform you can’t eat fish sauce, some restaurants won’t be able to serve you because of added animal products to the paste.*

Top 10 Traditional Thai Dishes You Can’t Miss - VEGAN-FRIENDLY

11- Larb – ลาบ

Traditionally from Lao, this meat salad is usually veganized with mushrooms or soy protein.
It is rich in dried spices and seasonings, often containing onion and lime.
FOR VEGANS: Non-veggie sites may have mushroom larb, specify that you’re vegan and wish no fish sauce or other animal stocks.*

Top 10 Traditional Thai Dishes You Can’t Miss - VEGAN-FRIENDLY

12- Massaman Curry – มัสมั่น

Originated in Thailand but having foreign influences, the curry paste contains non-traditional spices as cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, star anise, cumin, bay leaves, and nutmeg. These are mixed with traditional dried chili, coriander, lemongrass, galangal, white pepper, shallots, and garlic.
The paste is fried with coconut cream and the other ingredients are added, as tamarind paste and vegetables.
Veggie Massaman usually contain potatoes but can be found with other veggies as base as well.
FOR VEGANS: As always in Thailand, fish sauce may be added unless you request otherwise.*

Top 10 Traditional Thai Dishes You Can’t Miss - VEGAN-FRIENDLY

 

*There are so many vegan and vegetarian restaurants in Thailand that with some effort you’ll be able to eat in this places most of the time or all the time depending on your area/city.
When in a “normal” restaurants say you are J (Buddhist vegan – also don’t include garlic, onion, scallions, chives, leeks), that will help anyone understand even if they don’t speak English or are not familiar with the western concept of veganism. KIN J = EAT VEGAN. The understanding of being vegetarian is immediate for everyone and some people will ask you if you eat eggs, for example, in order to clarify.

 

You can’t leave without checking off every single item of this list!
Make sure to keep it on hands, delightful, finger-licking moments await you!😉
Have you tried some (or all!) of this dishes? Let us know your favorites in the comments below.❤️

 

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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!🇹🇭