Fah Thai Magazine May June 2018

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OVERTURES

THAILAND TREASURES

Translation Chusri Ngamprasert Photos Courtesy of Tourism Authority of Thailand

Chiang Rai:

The Destination

for All Seasons

Many people tend to

think of Chiang Rai as

a winter haven. In fact,

the northern province of

Chiang Rai is a destination

for all seasons. Here is a

noteworthy list for a trip

that’s good all year round.

Witness the unique beauty of Thai

architecture at Wat Rong Khun.

Decorated with silver-coloured-glass,

you’ll see the fascinating all-white temple

as designed by a Thai artist. Take time

to see the display of elaborate murals and a

separate art gallery with a showcase of fine

paintings. The temple and the art gallery are

open daily from 8am to 5pm.

If you’re someone who loves the active

participation of agro-tourism and adventure

travel, add Singha Park to your itinerary.

Boasting various floras spanning over 8,000

rai (2,300 acres) of land, Singha Park offers

numerous beautiful sceneries and a wide variety

of activities. Enjoy farm tours, biking or get up

close to the animals from the African continent,

such as giraffes, zebras, and Watusi cows.

Venture high up on the mountain of

picturesque Doi Tung, where three must-visit

places include the royal villa, Phra That Doi

Tung and Mae Fah Luang Garden. For the

coffee aficionado, Café Doi Tung is the place

to test the body and aroma of highland

Arabica coffee cultivated in Chiang Rai.

Drop by the Doi Tung Lifestyle Shop, with

their varieties of products, made by ethnic

minorities and people working in the Doi

Tung Development Project. These include

hand-woven products such as apparel,

accessories, and home décor, ceramics and

mulberry paper products.

On the cliff of Phu Chi Fa, the spectacular

views of the valley and sea of mist at sunrise

are mesmerising. Phu Chi Fa Forest Park

is about 1,200–1,628 metres above sea

level, so the weather is mild all year round.

During wintertime, visitors and campers flock

there to enjoy the winter retreat, the sea of

Opposite Page, Left

and Above

The beautiful

all-white creation

of Wat Rong Khun’s

exterior and interior

designed by a Thai

artist, Chalermchai

Kositpipat.

Opposite Page,

Bottom Left

Up close with

the animals at

Singha Park

Left

Spectacular flora at

Mae Fah Luang

Garden, Doi Tung

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