Authentic Lanna dining at Krua Sukhothai Restaurant Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai being the Northern most city of Thailand was one of our destinations for exploration in Thailand. Having heard much about this province, we decided to make a 3 days 2 night stay in Chiang Rai and explore this region. Chiang Rai was  part of the former Mangrai dynasty and was made a capital…

The extraordinary at Chivit Thamma Da Restaurant Chiang Rai

Chiang Rai city has an affection for things Colonial, and this is the second restaurant that we have been too with similar affluent Colonial styles. Both these restaurants are situated along the same river, the River Kok but Chivit Thamma Da or “The Ordinary Life” in English is quite different in subtle touches and food….

Two nights at Cosy Beach View Condotel by 415 Pattaya

Having been a regular guests at various hotels in Pattaya, I decided to try out the services of the fairly new condotel in Pratumnak Hill called Cosy Beach View. Not far from the ever popular Pattaya Walking Street, burgeoning nightlife and shopping area of Beach road, it afforded a more quiet environment (I did not…

Discovering life in the hills at 5 Hill Tribe Villages Chiang Rai

Rarely would you get a chance to spend time with the different ethnic and indigenous groups in Thailand while traveling unless you seek them out. It is quite an adventure where you can experience tribal life, living in a village, experience the hospitality of the hill tribe folks and most important of all, bring home a…

The light of Baan Daam gallery and museum in Chiang Rai

While the “white” of Wat Rong Khun is reflected in the “black” of Baan Daam by national artist Thawan Duchanee, both carry similar messages of Buddhism though inspired by different interpretations and imagery. Baan Daam is another most visited attraction in Chiang Rai and is as imposing as its name suggests. It occupies a vast area…

The weird and the wonderful of Wat Rong Khun Chiang Rai

Known as the Black and the White, Wat Rong Khun (The White Temple) and Baan Daam (Black House) are both creations by two very controversial artistic sons of Chiang Rai. While one is more immersed in creative artistic sculptures and outspoken, the other prefers a minimalistic approach and is more immersed in natural finishes and…

Tea delight at Choui Fong Tea plantation

The province of Chiang Rai is one of the most beautiful Northern provinces of Thailand. Still very much unspoilt by development, the main industry being agriculture and eco-tourism. The mountainous landscape with flowing rivers and valleys makes it the ideal location for premium tea growing. You can do a day trip to Chiang Rai tea…

Back to nature at PB Valley Kasalong Restaurant Chiang Rai

First thought in mind is, who would have thought of building a restaurant out in the middle of no where? PB Valley Chiang Rai is full of surprises, much like their sister site in PB Valley Khao Yai that is now a famous location in the province of Nakhon Ratchasima. It looks like PB Valley…

Mae Sai the northern most of Thailand

Traveling is an adventure in itself. We need no rules to travel where our heart desires so this time I chose the small little town of Mae Sai in Northern Chiang Rai, Thailand. Thought by many as a sleepy hollow town, it is far from quiet and thriving as a border town bwtween Thailand and…

Three countries and one river at the Golden Triangle Chiang Rai

Between Chiang Rai city and Mae Sai city, lies the infamous Golden Triangle. Known for the drug smuggling, poppy growing and opium trade, the Golden Triangle has mostly been cleared of these notorious activities, mostly on the Thai side. Before you reach the site of the Golden Triangle, you can see an Opium Museum which…

Absolutely Melt in Your Mouth experience in Chiang Rai

    Going to Chiang Rai is like stepping back in time to the old country where there are very few modern buildings, the airport is still small and life is basically on a slow mode . This is great when you want a different atmosphere not too far from the cities and is just…