EXPLORING DOI TUNG ROYAL VILLA AND MAE FAH LUANG GARDEN

DOI TUNG ROYAL VILLA AND MAE FAH LUANG GARDEN

EXPLORING DOI TUNG ROYAL VILLA AND MAE FAH LUANG GARDEN

That was my first time in Chiang Rai. As a travel blogger, I always spread myself to any adventure and experiences that the station will offer.

Then, with much excitement, straight from the Chiang Rai Airport the TAT Newsroom Blogger Team was brought to our first destinations of the daylight, the Doi Tung Royal Villa and Mae Fah Luang Garden. These two are among the most celebrated tourist attractions of Chiang Rai.

It may not be  the highest elevation of the province, the 1,389 m high Doi Tung rises steeply, standing isolated close to the ThailandMyanmar border. It is in the region known as “Golden Triangle“.

The Doi Tung  is an area of approximately 950,000 square kms   that overlaps the mountains of three states of Southeast Asia: Myanmar, Laos, and Thailand. The old heart of the world’s opium trade.

The place  has a hotel; restaurants where we enjoyed our lunch, a coffee shop which we breathed for a while and gift shops, and  also holds an open-air market with food and locally-produced handicrafts.

DOI TUNG ROYAL VILLA AND MAE FAH LUANG GARDEN

The Doi Tung Royal Villa

Doi Tung Royal Villa

Upon arrival at the gate of the Doi Tung Royal Villa which is a few more meters from the building,  you will get  an attendant which will yield you  denim pants and tops  to use  if you are not putting on the right garb. Proper attire means modest clothing – no shorts, no body-hugging or  see-through clothing, etc.

While walking from the gate to the  Royal Villa you can immediately see beautiful  blooming flowers planted all over the place.

No shoes are allowed inside the villa and we are not allowed also the talk loud while inside the mansion. So we were given a headphone which narrates the descriptions of each part of the Villa.  Unfortunately, no cameras are allowed inside the villa.

DOI TUNG ROYAL VILLA AND MAE FAH LUANG GARDEN

beautiful ornamental plants adorned the road leading to the Doi Tung Royal Villa

Doi Tung Royal Villa was the mansion home of Her late Royal Highness Princess Srinakarindra, the Princess Mother built in the Lanna and Swiss architectural styles. Her Royal Highness the Princess Mother and her daughter, Her Royal Highness Princess Galyani Vadhana, personally created the  concept of simplicity and multi-functionality for the Royal Villa construction. It is notable that some materials used in the villa were from recycled  pine wood, which came from crates used for imported tools and equipment.

Built from the  Princess Mother’s private funds, the Royal Villa was originally built on the concept  that the local hill tribes would be honored by the royal presence and hoping that they will stop their opium cultivation.The Princess Mother  considered the Villa as  her first actual home in Thailand. It is said that she also remained  in the place because of her desire to reforest the country and help to better the lives of the local Thais.

The exterior of the Doi Tung Royal Villa was made of concrete and decorated with wood slabs, cut from discarded teak trees, which came from forest thinning work by the Forest Industry Organization. While the gold teak wood was  used for  the flooring of the interior of the Royal Villa. The simple interior design exudes elegance and functionality, which reflects  the nature of the possessor of the mansion.

DOI TUNG ROYAL VILLA AND MAE FAH LUANG GARDEN

taking our selfies outside the Royal Villa because no cameras are allowed inside

Upon entrance to the villa, one can see that the  upper level of the building is divided into four sections. These include the late Princess Mother’s private area, a reception hall and kitchen, and the private quarters for the Princess Mother’s daughter, Her Royal Highness the late Princess Galyani Vadhana and Thanpuying Tasanavalaya Sornsonggram, Princess Galyani Vadhana’s only daughter. One outstanding feature of the interior  of the Royal Villa is on the roof of the main lobby. It has handcrafted wood inlay of the Princess Mother’s favorite constellations illuminated by some Led lightings.

The environment of the villa is beautifully decorated with numerous variety of flowering plants  which draw the place visually pleasing. Of course, we never left the villa without having a group photo for the TAT Newsroom Bloggers.

DOI TUNG ROYAL VILLA AND MAE FAH LUANG GARDEN

The TAT Newsroom bloggers enjoying some cold coffee after enjoying the Doi Tung Royal Villa

The Mae Fah Luang Garden

After  exploring the Doi Tung Royal Villa, we rested for a while and have some cold coffee before we continued discovering  the place.

Our next  target  was the Mae Fah Luan Garden which is  settled in front of the Doi Tung Royal Villa, along with an area of hillside that was originally the Akha village of Pa Kluay.

DOI TUNG ROYAL VILLA AND MAE FAH LUANG GARDEN

Upon seeing  the garden, I instantly reasoned that the Mae Fah Luang Garden is the most beautiful landscaped gardens in Thailand met with hundreds of dissimilar varieties of plants and blossoms; some sculptural and rock elements and water features.

DOI TUNG ROYAL VILLA AND MAE FAH LUANG GARDEN

This village used to be an important route for opium caravans and those involved in heroin and firearm trafficking.

A garden of mostly  flowers growing in a gentle climate was established over 10 acres of land in accordance with the Princess Mother’s desire to give Thai people who have never traveled overseas an opportunity to see and enjoy  a temperate flower garden. One eye-catching sculpture stands in the center of the garden. It is supposed that the Princess Mother  name  the sculpture “Continuity”,  to draw attention to the fact that continuity ensures the success of whatever enterprise.

DOI TUNG ROYAL VILLA AND MAE FAH LUANG GARDEN

The colorful garden consists of several lawns with various types of annual and perennial flowering  plants of which some of them are quite familiar to me as they also grow in the Philippines.

DOI TUNG ROYAL VILLA AND MAE FAH LUANG GARDEN

The garden is open every day, from 07.00-18.00 hrs. The entrance fee is 80 Baht. For more information about Doi Tung Royal Villa and Mae Fah Luang Garden, please visit www.doitung.org, E-mail: contact@doitung.org.

DOI TUNG ROYAL VILLA AND MAE FAH LUANG GARDEN

Lunch at Krua Tamnak

After exploring the Mae Fha Luan Garden we gathered to enjoyed a feast at Krua Tamnak. This restaurant is found within the complex and offers a food variety of Thai dishes. Please bookmark this page, as I will be releasing an article featuring some of my favorite Thai Food which I sampled during our trip.

DOI TUNG ROYAL VILLA AND MAE FAH LUANG GARDEN

The TAT Newsroom Bloggers enjoying a feast at Krua Tamnak

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9 Comments:

  1. Such a beautiful place and I love your photos! I wish cameras were allowed inside of the villa. Would have loved to see!

  2. oh, wow! These are gorgeous. I wish my backyard looks like this. Thanks for sharing!

  3. That was an incredible and magical place! I wish I can go there in the future, I will bring my grandma there!

  4. Wow, this is a must-see garden. I haven’t been in a place like this before, I had a huge love for flowers!

  5. I love visiting gardens in different places! There’s just so many things to enjoy while you’re there aside from the flowers. I think it’s awesome that you got to go here!

  6. Whoa! Look at all that beauty! I wish I could travel to Asia soon, and I will make sure I include Thailand’s Doi Tung Royal Villa in my itinerary. That place is amazing!

  7. Omg! That place is really incredible! I want to go there!

  8. What a beautiful place. I would spend hours walking around this place.

  9. Wow, what a beautiful place! Great photos as well! I would love to visit some day!

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9 Comments:

  1. Such a beautiful place and I love your photos! I wish cameras were allowed inside of the villa. Would have loved to see!

  2. oh, wow! These are gorgeous. I wish my backyard looks like this. Thanks for sharing!

  3. That was an incredible and magical place! I wish I can go there in the future, I will bring my grandma there!

  4. Wow, this is a must-see garden. I haven’t been in a place like this before, I had a huge love for flowers!

  5. I love visiting gardens in different places! There’s just so many things to enjoy while you’re there aside from the flowers. I think it’s awesome that you got to go here!

  6. Whoa! Look at all that beauty! I wish I could travel to Asia soon, and I will make sure I include Thailand’s Doi Tung Royal Villa in my itinerary. That place is amazing!

  7. Omg! That place is really incredible! I want to go there!

  8. What a beautiful place. I would spend hours walking around this place.

  9. Wow, what a beautiful place! Great photos as well! I would love to visit some day!

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