Amazing Green Route
The Route to a Touch of Natural Living in the Lanna Kingdom and the Local Journey at the Mountainous Town in the Mist
Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son Province

The Route to a Touch of Natural Living in the Lanna Kingdom and the Local Journey at the Mountainous Town in the Mist

Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son Province

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This route involves travel in Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son, provinces in Thailand’s Upper Northern region. The journey starts in the former province, the centre of the Lanna kingdom in the past and now a major tourist area with its temples, cultural attractions, and beautiful nature. The destination is Amphoe Pai in Mae Hong Son province, a small, peaceful town in the valley of the City of Three Mists, known for its slow pace of life and cute shops and accommodation operated by the local artistic community. Chiang Mai province and Amphoe Pai are both distinctive, enriched with a long history in which diverse ethnic groups came, settled, and established their cultural roots and lifestyles to be passed on to younger generations.

This route allows you to learn about authentic community ways. We start from Chiang Mai province at Ban Rai Kong Khing, where you can enjoy cycling in beautiful natural surroundings, view mixed agricultural gardens under the concept of living in accord with His Majesty the King’s Sufficiency Economy philosophy, and experience the conservation of the local residents’ wisdom. Then we visit the site of Lanna woven textiles at Ban Rai Jai Sook, where textile-weaving wisdom is practised with devotion. We then leave on a journey to experience the lifestyle of the Paganyaw at Ban Mae Ping in Amphoe Pai of Mae Hong Son province, a village that highlights the conservation of nature and simple life in the rice fields. There is a visit to Ban Phaem Bok, the Tai Yai community, to learn about the ethnic group’s diet, culture, and lifestyle. Also included here are ascents of Doi Miang and Doi Thong, hills to get a full view of Pai. We finish with sipping tea and watching the mist gather at Ban Santichon, a Yunnan Chinese community.

Day 1

We start in Chiang Mai province at the Ban Rai Kong Khing Community Learning Centre, located at Tambon Nong Khwai in Amphoe Hang Dong. Here, the smiling faces of the villagers greet us, and they introduce local places and prepared activities at the same time as showing a caring nature and evidence of unity in the community. Examples of activities for tourists to take part in are cycling in natural surroundings around the community and nearby areas, learning about herbs for health, and viewing non-toxic vegetable plots. Visitors can also enjoy watching stage performances and listening to folk music; such as, klong sabat chai (the traditional Lanna victory drum) performances, and the Lanna musical ensemble called ‘salo so sueng’ (salo and so are types of fiddles, and sueng is a plucked fretted lute). There is also the chance to experience the ambience of kat kom (kom market), a replica of a Lanna folk market in the past.

A visit to Ban Rai Kong Khing needs to be pre-arranged so that the community can prepare the activities and sites. Once here, keep your minds open to learn the cultural ways regarding the conservation of local wisdom into the future.

Cycling at leisure around the village
We start the day cycling leisurely around the village. Favourable times to avoid the strong sun are before eight in the morning or after 4 o’clock in the afternoon to dusk. The bicycle trail offers picturesque scenes and refreshing cool air as it winds through lush green hills. Cyclists can break their journey to visit the Demonstration Garden of Plants and Herbs of the Royal Park Rajapruek, and there are temples and viewpoints to visit on the three- kilometre trail. Other nearby attractions are the Doi Suthep-Pui National Park and Chiang Mai Night Safari. The community emphasises safety for cyclists, with officials provided to lead and trail the group.

Healthcare with herbs
After the ride, we return to the Community Learning Centre for lunch. The afternoon activity starts with an inspection of medicinal herb products. In the past, Ban Rai Kong Khing had a mo mueang (folk doctor) practising traditional medicine that focused on treatments and cures with the use of herbs. The entire village therefore took up the planting of medicinal herbs and set up the Suk-Siam Local Herbal Product Group aimed at making health products; such as, herbal compress balls, traditional inhalants, ointments, soaps, and insect repellent sprays. Apart from viewing the products, visitors can try their hand at making a herbal compress ball, folding pandan leaf into roses, or a freshener of wrapped kaffir lime fruit to be placed in cars or in corners of the home for fragrant aromas. Kaffir lime fruit helps clear nasal passages, and it grows well in the village.

Yam khang, wisdom of body treatment with heat
The next activity is yam khang, a part of the mo mueang’s wisdom and long-established Lanna treatment. The masseur soaks his feet in a herbal oil and tramples on a heated khang before pressing them on various parts of the patient’s body affected by muscle pains, numbness, or blocked circulation. A khang is an alloy of iron and antimony, normally used in the casting of the blades of ploughs which were traditionally believed to be sacred and powerful as the instruments were used to cultivate rice fields to sustain human lives. Certain minerals in khang have curative properties; for example, a child suffering from an aphthous ulcer was largely cured after drinking water from a receptacle containing a heated khang. The mo mueang’s beliefs are that heat from a hot khang is more easily absorbed by the body than heat from other kinds of metal alloy.

Presently, there is only one original practitioner of yam khang in Ban Rai Kong Khing, Sa-nguan Bua-on, who holds fast to the principles of truth, respect for masters and teachers, and the fact that the better one behaves, the more effective the treatment. Before commencement of the treatment, a master’s bowl containing offerings to past masters is placed in a prominent position and a sacred passage paying tribute to them is recited.

Strolling in the garden, picking vegetables, and learning a sufficiency lifestyle
The time has come for the next activity, a leisurely stroll in the garden picking vegetables from the community plots. Farming in the community is almost entirely organic, with the locals growing safe and toxic-free vegetables mainly for their own consumption. Apart from each household’s own vegetable and herb plot, there is also a community plot where people grow plants and take turns in caring for them. Locals pick produce for consumption under the condition of compensating the harvested part with new plantings, an exemplary model of sufficient farming.

Satisfying your appetite at kat kom and enriching your mind with Lanna entertainment
In the evening, the Community Learning Centre becomes a kat kom, an old-style northern region market with merchandise spread on mats on the floor or on kom (bamboo stretchers). There are Lanna food stalls with food arranged in small banana leaf cups. Dishes include khai pam (well-beaten egg seasoned with fish sauce and finely sliced spring onions grilled in banana leaf wrapping), mi khua (stir-fried seasoned rice noodles sprinkled with red spur pepper sliced in long strips and oil-fried sliced garlic), and khao tom hua ngok (similar to khao tom mat or steamed sticky rice wrapped in banana leaves but made in larger sizes with sticky rice steamed in pandan leaf juice, cut into pieces, and sprinkled with shredded coconut). The market also offers herbal drinks and ice cream in hand-spun tanks as delightful side dishes before dinner.

At nightfall, the community serves dinner in a khan tok style, using a pedestal tray containing mainly local dishes; such as, sai ua (spicy sausage), khaep mu (crispy pork skin), namphrik num (green chili dip), and namphrik ta daeng (dried chili dip). There are also tam ba nun (a salty young jackfruit dip), yam chin kai (finely shredded boiled chicken meat, cooked with various herbs), and kaeng khae (spicy soup with a variety of vegetables, always with wild betel leaves added for taste and good health). These dishes are served with freshly-steamed glutinous rice and herbal drinks. There is entertainment during the meal by the young people of the Rak Ban Koet Group, starting with an energetic klong sabat chai performance to welcome guests, followed by graceful dances like ram khan dok by a group of housewives in bright, colourful dresses, and closing with the salo so sueng by a group of seniors. These activities not only provide learning opportunities and entertainment for tourists, but also give chances for community members, especially the younger ones, to appreciate the value of the conservation of one’s heritage. This is a perfect end to an impressive night in the village.

Ban Rai Kong Khing Community Learning Centre
Tel.
Khun Somsak Inthachai (Village headman) +66 (0) 9 2515 5652
Khun Suphan Inthachai +66 (0) 6 1195 9551
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วันที่ 2

Feeling the love for woven textiles at Ban Rai Jai Sook
We start the second day of the tour by learning about Lanna woven textiles at Ban Rai Jai Sook (House of Happiness), located in Tambon Ban Waen, Amphoe Hang Dong, Chiang Mai province. This village’s fascination with woven materials was inspired by Miss Nussara Tiengkate, a resident of Nakhon Phanom province. She moved to Amphoe Mae Chaem in Chiang Mai province, recognised the beauty of hand-woven textiles, and learned that textile-weaving was an integral part of the lives of the Mae Chaem residents. She studied the art of weaving, changed her own clothing style by wearing hand-woven materials, dressed like local residents, encouraged the community to conserve and practice its skills, and sought channels to promote Mae Chaem woven textiles until they became well-known throughout the country. This brought great pride in their precious inherited wisdom to the community.

Lanna textile collection
For over 20 years, Miss Nussara has dedicated her time and energy to making the woven textiles of Mae Chaem known to the world, especially sin tin chok (the embroidered-base tube skirt woven using the supplementary weft technique), recognised for its individual elaborate woven patterns. She extended her interest from Mae Chaem textiles to all Lanna textiles across Northern Thailand. Visitors to Ban Rai Jai Sook can admire a collection of old textiles as well as newly-woven materials that retain the original weaving processes and ancient patterns. At the same time, the weavers develop their patterns and garment-making to keep up with present-day fashion trends.

Extending the heart and soul of textile-weaving
Ban Rai Jai Sook is willing and ready to teach weaving to everyone, from the planting of cotton trees to yarn spinning, and boiling and dyeing with natural pigments. You can also learn to weave from the setting of warps and wefts to various forms of weaving including the chok technique (woven embroidery, the most difficult process, especially the chok with silk technique). The weaving courses here are not conducted for financial profit, but for the maintenance of the wisdom for the future. In this way, the history and art of each piece of woven material are preserved and the magic of the weaver goes on.

Peace and beauty in the Paganyaw way at Ban Mae Ping
In the afternoon, we travel further to Amphoe Pai, Mae Hong Son province, nicknamed the City of Three Mists, as it is often covered by mist at any time of the year. Pai is famous for natural destinations and culture, artworks, and creative ideas. Yet there is even more. At Ban Mae Ping in Tambon Mae Hi lies the village of the Paganyaw, established in 1962. It was originally called Ban Mae Liang but the name was later changed to Ban Mae Ping because of the nearby Ping River. People here lead a traditional lifestyle mainly engaged in agriculture, cattle-raising, keeping pigs under their raised houses, and wearing distinctive garments that show their ethnic characteristics. Let us get to know Ban Mae Ping, a village in peaceful, simple, natural surroundings, through various means of learning.

Life stories told through woven materials
We start at the Handicraft Centre of the Ban Mae Ping Weaving Group. The Centre displays garments characteristic of the Paganyaw. Look at the blouse made up of two pieces of woven textiles, folded in half, and sewn together making seams at the middle, leaving the upper part open as a V-neck blouse, similarly cut and sewn for men and women. Blouses for men usually employ lengthwise woven patterns, mainly in red, with a head wrapping and a personal cloth bag. At present, more colours are used, lower hems are woven into tassels, with long braids left around the arms, and worn with wide-legged trousers. Women’s blouses come in two types, an ankle-length white suit called chekwa for unmarried women, while the married ones wear chesu as a top, embroidered in colourful patterns and decorated with dried Job’s tears, and worn with tie-dyed tube skirts in nam lai (flowing water) patterns. The women wrap their heads with beautifully embroidered cloths to protect against the strong sun in summer and the cold in winter. There are also woven textile products on sale at the Centre; such as, cloth bags, shawls, and children’s garments.

Two religions, three faiths
People in this community embrace Buddhism, Christianity, and animism, and they co-exist peacefully and enjoy warm relationships. Young and old assemble in their Paganyaw garments for religious events. Visitors in non-festival periods can observe Christian gatherings on Sundays when locals attend morning mass sessions from 6.00 a.m. to 7.00 a.m., 8.00 a.m. to 9.00 a.m., and 10.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon. Afternoon sessions are from 3.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Tourists may attend the church, but the prayers, hymns, and readings are in the Paganyaw language.

A shaded village and natural conservation with faith
Late afternoon is a pleasant time to stroll around the village. Many of the houses are raised, leaving space underneath for pigs and large mortars and long pestles for rice pounding. Houses are spaced apart with areas left for vegetables and crops to be grown for consumption, and for the growth of trees for protection from the sun. You can enjoy a shaded walk, clean air, and the aroma of local herbs and vegetables.

Ban Mae Ping has three annual conservation activities: Survey of Watershed Forest, Building of Check Dams, and Forest Ordination. The first checks the fertility of the forest, along with plant seeds to be cultivated to increase greenery. The second stores water for use during the dry season, and the last occurs between January and March, and aims to reduce tree-cutting to keep the forest intact so that seasonal rains are not disrupted and drought is avoided. The ordination of the forest is a Buddhist ceremony, but members of other faiths also take part as forestland is considered common property to be conserved for the sake of future generations.

Simple beauty on the rice fields in summer
A walk before dusk takes us a little further from the village to enjoy a view of endless rice fields. Many believe that rice fields only look impressive when they are full of flourishing crops, but the rice fields in summer in Ban Mae Ping present equally attractive views, with the greyish-brown tones of the earth and the golden colour of dried grass contrasting with the deep green colour of the large trees. Herds of cattle forage for young grass, with some seeking shade under the trees, and some immersing themselves in water to cool down. A warm breeze passes softly. The image tells the real stories of the diverse practices of the farmers of Ban Mae Ping as they seek to make a living according to the weather.

Textile-weaving and keeping an eye on the cattle
Another charm of the Paganyaw lifestyle at Ban Mae Ping is to see the women taking their waist looms with them to work on textile-weaving in the shelters erected in the middle of the rice fields as they look after the cattle foraging for food. While weaving, they exchange stories, chat, and laugh together. Weaving is not confined to the looms under the houses but forms an integral part of the people’s lifestyle.

Street of art, the Walking Street in Pai
One should not miss a stroll on the Walking Street at night in Amphoe Pai. Both sides of the street are full of glittering colours from the lights from coffee shops, hand-made item outlets, and small bookshops. At some corners, street musicians put on their performances, giving Pai the status of a town of art. Throughout the Walking Street, there are delicious food items on offer, Thai, Chinese, and European, snacks and even local delicacies; such as, khao puk nga dam, made of black or white glutinous rice, cooked and pounded until fine and sticky, and spread into fine sheets, grilled until crispy, and sprinkled with black sesame and sugar. This is a popular bite for winter in the Northern region. These are some of the charms that make Amphoe Pai famous and longed for by locals and travellers.

วันที่ 3

A new day starts as we travel to Tambon Thung Yao, our destination being Ban Phaem Bok, named after the topographical feature of the area located on a lofty hill in the wilderness. Phaem is the name of the watercourse that flows through the village, while bok is derived from mok meaning lying deep in the wild or on a height.

Ban Phaem Bok is a village of the Tai Yai community that leads a sufficient lifestyle. There are rice fields, maize plantations, garlic plantations, kitchen gardens, as well as the waterway that nurtures the lives of the Ban Phaem Bok residents. Present generations have revived the roots of the Tai Yai people at Ban Phaem Bok, hoping to increase the consciousness of the values and importance of their ethnic group, starting from the conservation of art and culture, language, and lifestyle. A community tourist destination administered by people in the village has been launched. Ban Phaem Bok today is ready to welcome tourists with various activities.

Paying homage to the shrine of the City Master, the sacred site of Ban Phaem Bok
Upon arrival at Ban Phaem Bok, community members take you to pay homage to the Shrine of the City Master or Ban Phaem Bok City Shrine, the sacred site held with high respect by residents since the founding of the village. Every year during May and June, residents celebrate the tradition of Liang Mueang, or paying homage to the City Master, showing high respect and asking for blessings for the community to lead peaceful and happy lives. Offerings are made; such as, chickens in a pair, hog’s heads, animal entrails, and other food items and desserts. Taking visitors to pay homage to the Shrine is seeking protection for them.

Enjoying fon nok and fon to dances by the youth group
Young performers dressed in beautiful, brightly-coloured dance costumes welcome visitors with smiling faces at Hoen Tai Space, ready to conduct folk performing art, starting with fon nok kingkara or ka nang nok (ka is a Tai Yai dialect word for dance). Kingkara is a Tai Yai belief in a winged animal, a half-bird/half-human creature living in himavant, the heavenly forest. This dance originates from a legend of the Lord Buddha when he came back from Tavatimsa Heaven where he went to preach to his mother at the end of the 3-month rains retreat, to the delight of winged creatures that came out to perform a welcome dance for him.

Another performance is fon to (ka to or ten to). To is also a himavant creature believed to have come out to welcome the Lord Buddha back to Earth. It has characteristics of several animals combined, with the head of a deer, the body of a lion, but with long hair like a yak. Two dancers perform in the guise of to, one manipulating the head and front legs, the other in charge of the body and rear legs, similar to the Chinese Lion Dance. Manipulators move to the music, running around, curling the body, and rolling, as if the creature is alive as one.

Hoen Tai – ancient Tai house
At the back of the performance space, there is the Hoen Tai, or a replica of Ban Tai (Tai house) to illustrate their way of life in the past. The traditional house of the Tai Yai is similar to that of other ethnic Tai groups; such as, the Tai Yuan Lanna, Tai Lue, and Tai Khoen. A prominent feature is a raised house on poles set on large rocks, not planted into the ground. This makes it convenient to move the entire house without dismantling it. The house consists of a bedroom, fireplace (a large stove set in the middle of a house for warmth and used in the preservation of produce with smoke) and an open terrace or Han. Community members are happy to answer visitors’ questions about the houses and general lifestyle.

Admiring vegetable gardens and community agricultural plots
It is time to observe the villagers’ agricultural gardens. A variety of crops can be grown in the village due to the readily-available water supply and fertile land. The crops include rice, onions, garlic, beans, bananas, pumpkins, chayote, and passionfruit. The emphasis is on organic farming focusing on local plants that can be easily grown all year; such as, spiny bitter gourd, horseradish tree, pepper, and bananas. Vetiver grass is grown close to the waterway to minimise erosion of the topsoil. There is also a compost area for the village’s own use.

A local plant popularly grown is phak kut or paco fern. It normally thrives along the waterway, but residents experimented growing the fern among the rocks and in vacant spaces with controlled watering and composting to regulate the humidity. Large clumps of the fern have been successfully grown, and they are available for harvesting the whole year round. The fern is used as an ingredient in meals or can be eaten raw, fresh from the farm.

Viewing the making of rotten bean, the local shrimp paste
Before lunchtime, let us learn to make thua nao (rotten bean), a seasoning material for the Tai Yai people used in place of shrimp paste. It has a specific aroma from the fermentation process and a salty taste. There are three types of thua nao, thua nao sa (ground nuts boiled until soft), thua nao moe (finely ground thua nao sa steamed until aromatic), and thua nao khaep (thua nao moe rolled into balls and spread into sheets, dried in the sun, seasoned with chili and salt, roasted over a fire, and used in making dips or taken plainly with steamed glutinous rice).

Tai Yai’s special menu
The dishes for our lunch today are from the local Tai Yai menu and include thua nao, mu cho (similar to the Northern-style spicy curry known as kaeng hang le). This is cooked briefly on a fire but without the hang le spices. The up cooking method is used in which streaky pork is baked with roselle, tomato, onion, and galangal, and seasoned with thua nao khaep. Other items on the menu are nam phrik yo, a spicy dip mixed with meat, first boiled with shrimp paste or thua nao and with green chili added, and chiao phak kut (fried phak kut) made of freshly picked phak kut from the farm, fried in oyster oil, with thua nao powder added to enhance the aroma.

Learning to make thatch for roofing with tong tueng leaves
In the afternoon, we observe the method of phai tong, making of traditional roofing material with leaves of tong tueng or phluang (Dipterocarpus tuberculatus Roxb.). In winter, people collect the dry leaves in the morning so that they remain fresh. The base of the stems is cut off and immersed in water. The leaves are then overlapped, interlaced, and secured to bamboo rods called duk and laced with bamboo strips to tie the leaves to the rods until they form a thatch called phai. In the past, a wealthy home would employ more phai as roofing for better protection against the sun’s rays and rain. A tong tueng roof lasts between one and two years before a new one is required. At present, it is still used as roofing for shelters in the rice fields and over agricultural plots.

Learning about cho tong, the making of tobacco rolling paper
Next to the phai tong house, we come to learn about cho tong, the making of traditional tobacco rolling paper. The Tai Yai people in former days smoked rolled cigarette called khi yo in which the tobacco filling was mixed with dried Som pi wood powder or finely grated dried tamarind pod, rolled with tong cho (tong is banana leaf, while cho means grilling; thus, tong cho is the grilled banana leaf). At present, cho tong is still practised at Ban Phaem Bok to satisfy market demand as the tong cho can also be made into wrappings for desserts; such as, kalamae.

Pum peng sweeper
Afterwards, we view the demonstration of the manufacturing of a pum peng sweeper, an ancient broom of the Tai Yai people made of pum peng or stemless date palm leaves, similar to coconut leaves. They are dried and stuck together in a row, wrapped around a wooden handle, and kneaded with the feet to secure the sweeper until it spreads out like a witch’s broom. A unique feature of the broom is the fastener, called a kok woven with common bamboo strips interlaced with bamboo skin strips, as a cone similar to a torch. Rattan is used to fasten it to the handle, and the sweeper end is neatly trimmed as a final touch. The leaf sweeper is durable, even when soaked in water. Formerly, it was used to sweep inside the house to get rid of dust from the traditional undulating bamboo floor, but is now commonly used to sweep outdoor spaces.

Rice pounding under the house
Agricultural societies in former days used mortars to pound rice instead of milling it. That was the case in Ban Phaem Bok, with the use of a large mortar called khrok mong or khrok kradueang, in which the mortar is made of a log laid on the ground, and people trample on the long pestle to break the paddy. After the husk is screened off, the rice was further pounded to obtain clean grains. At present, the villagers at Ban Phaem Bok do not use a mortar as much. Some households retain the traditional method for festivals or for household consumption. However, the community wants to conserve this wisdom and invites people to participate in rice pounding demonstrations. The rice that is identified with the village is mon hom unmilled rice, a rice variety unique to the area. The rice seed is a copper-red colour, with a soft aroma and preferred as unmilled rice. It is an important OTOP product for the village as many tourists buy it as souvenirs.

Admiring the rice fields, leading the buffaloes, and enjoying the sunset
We end the day by spending a relaxing evening enjoying the quietness of the rice fields. Here you can see the locals leading their buffaloes into the pens, feeding them, and lighting fires to drive away mosquitoes. It is such a simple and beautiful image of life. Visitors during the harvest time find the place is alive with people, as there still exists the tradition of ao mue or asking for helping hands. Community members have always joined forces to build saphan bun (merit bridge), a bamboo bridge across the rice fields for Buddhist monks from Wat Huaikaai to use in the collection of morning alms at the village. Such efforts reflect the collaboration of the people in the village for communal benefits.

Ban Phaem Bok
Tel.
Contact centre +66 (0) 6 3123 9022
Khun Atchari Muenbunton +66 (0) 9 3042 4767
Khun Bun-anan Loe-pho +66 (0) 8 9261 8986
Khun Phet Muenbunton +66 (0) 8 2182 3993
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Day 4

This morning, we remain in Amphoe Pai and start the day by viewing the sea of morning mist at the Yun Lai Viewpoint. Yun means clouds and lai means come, the place at which clouds come together. This is especially so in winter. Before travelling back, we make a stop to experience Chinese culture at Ban Santichon, the Yunnan Cultural Village. In the past, Ban Santichon faced grave economic problems because of falling agricultural products. Some of the villagers were stateless and lacked the means to support themselves. However, with a determination to succeed led by Mr. Bunlo Lo-ariyawat, the community sought a way to help itself. The villagers introduced study tours to attract tourists, approached state agencies for aid, and invited research organisations to be involved in their development efforts. As a result, the residents of Ban Santichon are able to enjoy a better livelihood and improved living conditions.

In the village, tourists can see a replica of the Yunnan Chinese lifestyle in the forms of ancient earthen homes, Chinese gardens, ponds, weeping willow trees, outlets selling Chinese tea, and a typical Yunnan Chinese restaurant with famous dishes; such as, pork shanks with steamed Chinese buns. Visitors can view, taste, and shop here at leisure, before travelling back home.

Ban Santichon, the Yunnan Cultural Village
Tel.
+66 (0) 5369 9851
Khun Bunlo Lo-ariyawat (Community leader) +66 (0) 8 1024 3982
Open Every day 7.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m.

The Route to a Touch of Natural Living in the Lanna Kingdom and the Local Journey at the Mountainous Town in the Mist displays to visitors a community force with the desire to maintain its own authenticity, culture, and traditions. It also allows visitors opportunities to enjoy new experiences of activities taken jointly with the communities, to witness the unity of the members of these communities in the preservation of their rich natural resources and local wisdom, and sharing these features through knowledge and stories with visitors with similar values but different backgrounds. It is certainly a green tourism route, which is a memorable model of shared experiences and sustainability.

For more information

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Ban Rai Jai Sook
Tel. Khun Nussara Tiengkate +66 (0) 8 8252 7790
Facebook: Banraijaisook
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Mae Hong Son

Ban Mae Ping
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Sample of suggested accommodation and restaurants on this route

Amphoe Mae Rim, Chiang Mai
Proud Phu Fah HIP and Green Resort
Tel.:
+66 (0) 5387 9389
+66 (0) 5387 9286
+66 (0) 5387 9118
+66 (0) 8 1647 7437
Facebook: Proud Phu Fah HIP & Green Resort Chiang mai
Website: www.proudphufah.com
Email: relax@proudphufah.com

Panviman Chiang Mai Spa Resort
Tel.:
+66 (0) 5387 9540-5
+66 (0) 8 4378 6986
Facebook: Panviman Chiang Mai Spa Resort
Website: www.panviman.com/chiangmai
Email: rsvn_chiangmai@panviman.com

Amphoe Hang Dong, Chiang Mai
Belle Villa Resort
Tel.:
+66 (0) 5336 5318-21
Facebook: Belle Villa Resort/Chiang Mai/
Website: www.bellevillaresort.com
Email: reservation@bellevillaresort.com

Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai
RatiLanna Riverside Spa Resort
Tel.:
+66 (0) 5399 9333
Facebook: Belle Villa Resort/Chiang Mai/
Website: www.ratilannachiangmai.com
Email: info@ratilannachiangmai.com

Rachamankha Hotel
Tel.:
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Facebook: Rachamankha Hotel Chiang Mai
Website: www.rachamankha.com
Email: contact@rachamankha.com

Anantara Chiang Mai Resort and Spa
Tel.:
+66 (0) 5325 3333
Facebook: Anantara Chiang Mai Resort
Website: www.chiang-mai.anantara.co.th
Email: chiangmai@anantara.com

Amphoe Pai, Mae Hong Son
PuriPai Villa
Tel.:
+66 (0) 5306 5175
Facebook: PuriPai Villa
Website: www.puripaivilla.com
Email: INFO@PURIPAIVILLA.COM

Reverie Siam Resort
Tel.:
+66 (0) 5369 9870
Facebook: Reveriesiam
Website: www.reveriesiam.com
Email: Info@ReverieSiam.com, Reservations@ReverieSiam.com

The Quarter
Tel.:
+66 (0) 5369 9423, +66 (0) 5369 9947
Facebook: Thequarterhotel Pai
Website: www.thequarterhotel.com
Email: info.thequarterhotel@gmail.com

The Oia Pai Resort and Spa
Tel.:
+66 (0) 8 1755 9968
Facebook: The Oia Pai
Website: www.theoiaresort.comwww.theoiaresort.com
Email: reservationtheoia@hotmail.com

Hotel Des Artists, Rose of Pai
Tel.:
+66 (0) 5369 9539, +66 (0) 8 5215 0777, +66 (0) 8 5215 0888
Facebook: Hotel Des Artists, Rose of Pai
Website: www.hotelartists.comwww.hotelartists.com
Email: roseofpai@gmail.com

Pai River Corner Resort
Tel.:
+66 (0) 5369 9049, +66 (0) 8 1413 5739
Facebook: Pai RiverCorner Resort
Website: www.pairivercorner.comwww.pairivercorner.com
Email: info@pairivercorner.com

Recommended restaurants around Amphoe Mueang, Chiang Mai
Palaad Tawanron Restaurant
Tel.: +66 (0) 5321 6039, +66 (0) 5321 6576
Open: Every day 11.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. (Kitchen closed at 11.30 p.m.)
Website: www.palaadtawanron.comwww.palaadtawanron.com

Baanrai Yarmyen Restaurant
Tel.:
+66 (0) 5324 7999
Open: Monday – Saturday 11.00 a.m. – 12.00 p.m.
Sunday 11.00 a.m. – 10.00 p.m.
Facebook: Baanrai Yarmyen Restaurant

Khaomao – Khaofang Restaurant
Tel.:
+66 (0) 5383 8838, +66 (0) 5383 8444
Open: Every day 11.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. – 10.00 p.m.
Website: www.khaomaokhaofang.comwww.khaomaokhaofang.com

Royal Project Kitchen
Tel.:
+66 (0) 5208 0660
Open: Every day 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.
Facebook: Royalproject Kitchen
Website: www.thairoyalprojecttour.comwww.thairoyalprojecttour.com

Recommended restaurants around Amphoe Pai, Mae Hong Son
Khanat (Pai River Corner Resort)
Tel.: +66 (0) 5369 9049
Open: Every day 8.00 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Facebook: Pai RiverCorner Resort
Website: www.pairivercorner.comwww.pairivercorner.com

Pai Lanna
Tel.: +66 (0) 8 9691 3367 (Call available 8.00 a.m. – 8.00 p.m.)
Open: Every day 7.30 a.m. – 9.00 p.m.
Website: www.pailanna.comwww.pailanna.com

Ban Bencharong Restaurant
Tel.: +66 (0) 5369 8010
Open:Every day 5.30 p.m. – 9.30 p.m.