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BangkokJock
Bangkok, Thailand494 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
The original must go destination in Chiang Rai. The small restaurant offers good cheap northern Lanna food. The museum about the Princess Mother and the Mahidol family is always inspiring but its exactly the same as 10 years ago so needs an upgrade. I enjoyed my visit to the Doi Tung Villa as we took time to listen to the audio guide and really look around.
The local market on the way to the car park offers lots of local products, fruits, vegetables from the local hill tribe villagers.
One big recommendation from me is to drive down from Doi Tung to Mae Sai past the Arboretum on route 1149, going through Pha Hee village. The route is one of the most beautiful on the Thai-Myanmar border, driving past a Burmese border outpost & seeing Myanmar's mountains of Shan State.
Written December 18, 2020
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Subi Traveler
Greater Noida, India294 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023
Mae Fah Luang Garden. a beautiful floral park The flower garden was designed according to the wish of Princess Mother (the mother of King Rama 9). Entrance for 90 THB (discount for seniors) A delight, my earlier study of the reviews and other inputs proved me right, it had a rightful place on my bucket list, I am keen on floriculture, God's bounty to us. It compares favourably with the gardens in Europe and Dubai, though smaller. Hire of a Golf cart for seniors is recommended, as there are inclines.
Written February 13, 2023
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Jo-Ann
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia17,214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Friends
Before you visit the Royal Villa and Gardens, on the left is the market. Pretty interesting although products are more or less the same in each stall. Good to have a walk. I love the tea and pickle stall. You get to sample all sorts of pickles and dried fruits.
Written August 12, 2019
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Lisette H
Amsterdam, The Netherlands8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2013 • Friends
We visited the hall of inspiration with our tour guide. It was very nice to learn more about the Thai royal family, as the Thai people really love their royals and we know so little about the family. The museum is very well done, with interesting displays (graphically and the information they display). Having a tour guide was great too, as we got a Thai perspective on the museum. I don't know if they do tours in the museum, as this was our own guide. I think it would still be well worth it when not with a guide. It is also a great introduction to the Doi Tung project and the royal villa. The Doi Tung project is amazing, and I am still impressed by this royal lady and her willpower.
The Gardens are lovely, no matter what time of year - I'd say. We were there in winter, and they were still amazing. Even if you aren't into flowers that much, it is very pretty to look at and they have some really nice features in the garden.
The Royal Villa is quite interesting. It is very understated for a house of a member of the royal family. After hearing the story in the hall of inspiration, it was really nice to see where the mother of the current king lived in her last years and what she had developed at Doi Tung.
I would say this is definitely worth visiting if you are in this area, as it is a very inspiring story.
Written February 12, 2013
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Avi P
Jerusalem, Israel54 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Family
We visited it in July 2015. We benefit a private guide - it made our visit much deeper and interesting. If possible, try to arrange your visit during a sunny day. Then you can gain multi-color and outstanding garden art facilities. It is also very quite and nice, romantic. There are a number of sculptures there, that is also nice to visit, including some fountains etc.
Written August 10, 2015
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Peter B
Kalasin341 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2013 • Friends
Top of Doi Tung mountain at 1400m with good views of Myanmar. Trenches are left as reminders of the drug wars and smuggling from Myanmar into Thailand during 1990s. The road is not accessible for tourist buses of minivans so the area is not often visited, but if one has a car the drive up is is not that difficult but has a few hazards. Military checkpoints on the way up and down will result in your car number plates being photographed and driving licences checked just to make sure that what goes up comes down again. An interesting place with spectacular views of Myanmar.
Written December 28, 2013
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Eli B
Sydney, Australia3,557 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2013 • Couples
See if this doesn't grab you?
An impressive limestone outcrop dominating the Mekong flood plains near Mai Sai,offers spectacular views,on a clear day, of Myanmar and the lowlands of Thailand. Historically an opium production area,its now rehabilitated itself into rural developments.
Visit the Doi Tung Royal Villa,a summer residence for the late mother of the king,it has attractive flower gardens and restaurants.
Written August 21, 2013
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Nan2010
Spokane, WA70 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Friends
The princess developed this project in order to help the local people help themselves with vocational training with the end goal of empowering locals to become economically self reliant (rather than depending on drugs and prostitution in the Golden Zone). Coffee is grown and produced and so are macademia nuts. You can watch beautiful ceramics and paper being made, and carpet is also created by hand. Observe the spinning of silk thread and the weaving of silk fabric and also the process of making the Doi Tung hand fans. Lots of walking from building to building as each specialty is under its own roof. Located a few miles down the mountain from Mae Fah Luang Gardens.
Written February 10, 2013
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Mae Sai, Thailand13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
After her whirlwind tour of Central, Southern, and Northern Thailand (sorry, Isaan! no time to get to that part of the country!) - my mom and aunt said the true highlight was going up the mountains to Doi Tung. They were impressed by the Royal Villa with the memorabilia from the King's late Mother, but mostly by the extensive and beautiful gardens that cover the side of the mountains. Getting up there is a lot of fun, too! This is definitely worth making a side trip to go and see!!
Written May 1, 2012
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Susan K
New York City, NY1,036 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Couples
As part of our day exploring the Golden Triangle-northern loop, our guide/ driver suggested we start with the gardens. They are stunning and made more beautiful by understanding the Princess Mother's goal to replace the drug trade with the gardens and bring job opportunities for the Hill Tribe people that depended on the drug trade. This quote from the Princess Mother says it all" People are the same as plants. If born with good genes, children will be healthy and smart. It is up to the parents then to guide and teach, watch over to remove the bad, while fertilizing with the good. That child will grow up to be a healthy good person, just like these Zinnias." The trees, shrubs, and flowers are all beautifully tendered. Our guide explained that several times a year there are special displays. There is also a wonderful bronze sculpture with children in the middle of the gardens. During our visit, three different Hill Tribes groups of children in full native dress were performing.Only regret is that we did not view the Royal Palace as our day plan was very full.
Written January 16, 2012
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