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Fah Thai Magazine Jul-Aug 2018

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HAPPENINGS THAILAND CHIANG MAI / CHIANG RAI THAILAND PATTAYA Chiang Mai, the Lanna capital of Thailand, might not sound like a place for onsen indulgence. But at the spa-centric RarinJinda Wellness Resort, their line of hydrotherapeutic facilities offer the popular Japanese bath tradition. The onsen tubs come complete with mineral extracts imported from Gero city in Takayama prefecture, a place that ranks among SPOTLIGHT Having an Onsen Time Japan’s top three hot springs with special beauty promoting and healing properties. Their semioutdoor onsen pools include a hot spring pool (40-42°C), cold pool (18-20°C) and soda-carbonated pool (34-36°C) that help improve blood circulation, increase oxygen flow and detoxify the body. RarinJinda is known for its hydrotherapeutic treatments with a state-of-the-art indoor heated hydrotherapy pool (eight hydro massaging stations to address different body ailments), Vichy shower, a Hydrotherapy tub, and Infrared Sauna. Accommodations include private spa suites overlooking Doi Suthep for those wishing for total private pampering. 14 Charoen Rat Road, Wat Ket, Muang, Chiang Mai, TALES FROM THE GARDEN If you are looking for amazing food and a perfect hideaway from the hustle and bustle of Pattaya, Tree Tales won’t disappoint. Located on Na Klue road, the beautiful glasshouse café provides a casual garden atmosphere, allowing you to savour healthy and delicious dishes while enjoying its vintageinspired garden. The restaurant serves up a variety of unique homemade food, desserts and healthy beverages. With the owner’s real passion for cooking, every dish is crafted with fresh and organic ingredients from the garden. “Tree Tales Salad” and “Crispy Pork Belly with Watermelon Salad” are two of the starters. Do not miss the café’s signature dessert of Pan Baked Soufflé. +66 (0) 38 429 484, +66 (0) 80 044 5598, treetalescafe INSIGHT INTO BUDDHIST ART When visiting a temple, do you notice that each Buddha image has features different from others? Find out why, together with other interesting facts by visiting the Museum of Buddhist Art Nongprue for better insight into Buddhist art. The museum collects more than 2,900 ancient Buddha images and religious artefacts to showcase the art and cultural heritage of Buddhism dating back at least 5,000 years. The permanent exhibition has an incredible collection of Buddhist art from different ancient kingdoms including Davaravadi, Srivichai, Lanna, Lan Xang, Lopburi, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, Rattanakosin, and even the prehistoric settlement of Ban Chiang. The museum also includes a special exhibition showcasing Folk and Village Lives and Antique Jars in Thailand. The museum opens every day of the week. +66 (0) 38 195 224, RYOKAN AMONG THE RICE FIELDS Amidst the green rice fields of outer Chiang Rai and in the middle of nowhere is an open-air café and accommodations built in the concept a traditional ryokan. The architecture in the style of the Japanese inn features wooden frames, tatami mats, and shoji sliding doors. One would expect their hosts to actually wear the yukata kimono as they greet guests. The Ryokan Café opened first as a trial project, with a coffee menu, chocolate drinks and beverages along with simple Japanese dishes such as rice with curry, tempura, or tonkatsu pork cutlets. Customers can enjoy all this with the enticing view of rice fields. Each room design has tatami mats, and also equipped with a ‘rotenburo’ outdoor pool and rock garden — a great spot to enjoy the cooler months of Thailand’s northernmost province. Open daily: 9.30 - 18.30, 134 Moo 4, Tambon Bua Salee, Amphur Mae Lao, Chiang Rai, +66 (0) 81 863 3010, NATURAL TEAS Tea drinkers will delight in savouring wild grown teas from northern Thailand. Monsoon Tea launched their line of goods based on a sustainability approach, by cultivating the wild growing forest tea plant known as Camellia Sinensis Assamica. The ‘undomesticated’ tea plant is native to the northern part of the country and when brewed, gives an aromatic and deep taste. Unlike typical teas that are usually produced from tea buds, Monsoon Tea’s selections come mostly from fullfledged tea leaves traditionally made into fermented tea called ‘miang’ — a native food of northern Thailand. The leaves make more robust tasting teas, packed with a distinct terroir of the abundant forests whose naturally wild plants co-exist with the tea plants. 328/3 Charoen Rat Road, Wat Ket, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai, +66 (0) 97 918 9892, 100