Posts Tagged ‘ Flora ’

Sirikit Botanic Garden and Mae Sa Elephant Camp

Long time that I have no chance to travel out of South Thailand, fortunately I got a little vacation, so I was immediately planned my trip (with my family) to Northern part of Thailand. Here below are my itineraries:

Depart from Chumpon > Nakornsawan> Chiang Mai > Muang Mae Hong Son > Pai > Lampang > Ampawa (Samutsongkram)

Just couldn’t find the exact reasons why I stuck with this region…the charming of local people or scenery or both ?

However, the time goes by, so thing changes as someone said as well…This time of my visit Chiang Mai couldn’t make me much impressed, may be from flooding of tourist, however, the city is still inspiring.

Once I arrived to Chiang Mai, I spent the first 2 nights at my uncle’s house in Mae Rim, the whether at the night-time (during December) is around 20ํc, comfortable cold, I though ^ ^

Leelawadee flower with morning mist

Leelawadee flower with morning mist

During my stay here in Mae Rim, I visited Sirikit Botanic Garden, Mae Rim-Samoeng, there are plenty of preserved flora nad fauna, if you would like to see an unusal Torch Thiste’ s species, or tropical plants, let get here.

Flora

One type of Flora in this botanic garden

Sample of Fauna in the the tropical garden

Another specie of Chuan Chuen flower

Torch Thiste

Torch Thiste

I’ve spent 2 hours touring thee project, felling that’s there are still many hidden places in Thailand waiting me to explore…

The next drop of today’s program is Mae Sa Elephant Camp, I bought the ticket (cost 120 Baht, 1 hour) for viewing elephant ‘s show. The elepahnts in this camp were very well trained, and they are all well disciplined.

Elephants in Mae Sa Elephant Camp or in Thai, Pang Chang Mae Sa

Elephant's painting, how amaing thery are!

The show took time approx. an hour,  and it is the last program (of this day), but sill left some feeling inside (that I couldn’t express) between the elephants here and the fever of Panda.

A long journey from Mae Hong Son (Pai) to Chiangrai

Winter Trip 2008 (Pai – Chaing Rai)

I didn’t drop by at any places, just kept straight forward to the resort at Chiang Rai, until then, I arrived around 6.00 pm. A bit late as I was finding the way to this mysterious resort..555+, it’s not difficult to find actually, but I just didn’t familiar with the way..ei ei. Cheers, finally, I arrived to Mohn Fah Sai Home Resort; the owner of the resort was greeting me by herself, and also led me to my lovely room. I got Deluxe Room with all well equipped room’ amenities. How cheap it is! – It was just @ THB 1,500 per night.

Mohn Fah Sai Home Resort - The Entrance to lobby

Mohn Fah Sai Home Resort - The Entrance to lobby

Mohn Fah Sai - The Main Building

Mohn Fah Sai - The Main Building

Deluxe Room - Twin Bed

Deluxe Room - Twin Bed

Ideally well designed mirror inside the bathroom

Relax for a while, I was getting out for dinner and join the festival in the town which is 10 minutes far from the resort. I was dropped to make a pilgrimage to Phor Khun Mengrai Monument, pity that I couldn’t attend the Loy Kratong Festival as it was very crowded and there was not enough parking space, then I was just driving for sight seeing around the town and on the way back to the resort, however, I stopped at the lake near the resort and letting the Floating Lantern as I wished.

The teenagers were praising for their wishes.

The teenagers were praising for their wishes.

Floating Lantern in the sky

Floating Lantern in the sky

Morning….and breakfast again, the atmosphere at this resort was resembled to a ‘Home’ like their name. If I could have had more time, I might stay longer, but I still have the next mission to achieve 555+ so I need to go. I depart to my next target “Doi Tung”. It’s took me approx. 1.5 hours to read there, not far from the town.

I checked in at Baan Ton Nam 31 (Doi Tung Lodge), a very nice and cleaned lodge, look simple but convenient. The room rates was quite high (@ THB 2,000) even in the high season. However, high up as I was up high hill 555+

Flora in Mae Fah Luang Royal Garden (Suan Mae Fah Luang)

Flora in Mae Fah Luang Royal Garden (Suan Mae Fah Luang)

Flora in Mae Fah Luang Royal Project (Suan Mae Fah Luang)

Flora in Mae Fah Luang Royal Project (Suan Mae Fah Luang)

Flora in Mae Fah Luang Royal Project (Suan Mae Fah Luang)

Flora in Mae Fah Luang Royal Project (Suan Mae Fah Luang)

Fauna in Mae Fah Luang Royal Project (Suan Mae Fah Luang)

Fauna in Mae Fah Luang Royal Project (Suan Mae Fah Luang)

Doi Tung was well known for Doi Tung Royal Palace, Mae Fah Luang Royal Garden –many species of rarely found flora and fauna here, Doi Tung Buddha’s Relics (Prathat Doi Tung) which was located at the highest point of this hill, here, the ladies were not allowed to enter into Prathat area, it’s local belief. Apart from Buddha’s Relics, another unique thing at this place was a thousand of the Bell along the way to pay homage to the Buddha’s Relics. The Royal Project (Doi Kham Product) was first established here; for the purpose of create the profession to all hill tribes and also aimed to prevent them to grow opium that caused of drug problems. There were many things being sold here, i.e. Plants, Doi Kham Products (dried Strawberry, dried Logan, hazel nut, organic plants, Tea, etc.)

Doi Tung Buddha's Relics

Doi Tung Buddha's Relics

Tung - The symbol of the victory for Lanna

Tung - The symbol of the victory for Lanna

Compared with other places I visited, I spent the most time here as there were many things to absorb…..I took a thousand of photo until then, already two memories card were used ha ha !

It’s time to go back; I was trying to memorize everything I have been passed through since the first day I arrived to the North. The charming region with the kindness of all the people here that being offered to me…never lack of smile…makes here more and more attractive places to return, as I promised with myself…I will come back again in one day..

On the way to go back, again, I stopped at Wat Rong Khun (Rong Khun Temple), the ever magnificent temple’ architecture I have seen. This temple was build up by Ajarn Chalermchai Khositpiphat, the very well known artist in Thailand and his team.

Wat Rong Khun (Rong Khun Temple)

Wat Rong Khun (Rong Khun Temple)

One of the architecture in Wat Rong Khun

One of the fantastic architecture in Wat Rong Khun

The Gate to Lanna

The Gate to Lanna Territory

The time was limited, I need to go…another big journey to explore, it has been awaiting for me in Bangkok..