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Fah Thai Magazine Sep/Oct 2017

"FAH THAI" is the in-flight magazine of Bangkok Airways Public Company Limited and is edited and published by MPMI Group Ltd.

HAPPENINGS THAILAND

HAPPENINGS THAILAND CHIANG MAI / CHIANG RAI / LAMPANG SPOTLIGHT A Coffee Journey Socially empowered enterprise Akha Ama Coffee (Ama means mother in the Akha language) is well-known among coffee lovers for its quality coffee beans and roast, with two coffee shops in Chiang Mai. The rich taste of its coffee is guaranteed and further validated by the two time awards from the World Cup Tasters Championship by the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe. A coffee journey can be done to visit their premises and get a background on its business and support for the villagers. Entitled “The Coffee Journey”, the educational trip is created for coffee enthusiasts every year. You will learn about the way of life of coffee farmers and understand the life cycle of the plants. However, this is not a tourist excursion and participants are requested not disturb the daily life of any worker. Luckily, the promise is there that with completion of the journey, drinking coffee will never be the same. This is because everyone will be able to appreciate every cup they sip. Visitors will spend a night up on the mountains with separate accommodations for men and women. akhaama.com BOON RAWD IN THE RAIN If you believe a visit to the Boon Rawd Farm or Singha Park should be in winter, you’re wrong. In fact, the 8,000 rai (or 3,000 acres) park in Chiang Rai province is also worth strolling during the rainy season. This is one of the largest tea-producing areas in Thailand, with tea plantations covering 237 acres of land. Visitors can spend the whole day, as there is something for everyone including the tranquillity of a garden, cycling with defined bike lanes, viewing exotic animals and taking a scheduled farm bus tour with a guide. Its restaurant “Bhu Bhirom” is located at the park’s highest point with a magnificent view of the area. With its beautiful landscape, Singha Park is an ideal destination for those who love photography as well. A very popular snapshot is the iconic Singha (a mythological lion), well known among Singha beer lovers. 99 Moo 1, Mar Korn, Mueang, Chiang Rai, boonrawdfarm.com YEAR OF THE ROOSTER CERAMICS The Year of the Rooster has boosted the sale of ceramic wares, especially those made in Lampang province. Why? It’s simply because the northern province is the birthplace of traditional ceramic bowls known as “Cham Gai Lampang” (the Lampang chicken bowl), designed since the 1960s. Nowadays, it is still the production base of the bowls with the same motif. If you want to learn how to paint the popular fowl design, Dhanabadee Ceramic Museum is worth a visit. The word “museum” may not be as appealing, but this particular place is actually an action-packed destination for both adults and children. Visitors can learn about the history of “Cham Gai Lampang” with the exhibit of the ancient Dragon Kline as highlight. The whole process of making the bowls, which involves artists (who paint the signature cockerel) at work, is interesting. Visitors can also try painting themselves (kids certainly would just love it). 32 Wat Jong Kham Road, Prabath, Lampang 52000, +66 (0) 54 351 099, open daily from 9am - 5pm. 90

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