The day had already involved rescuing this little guy from our refrigerator, and getting bit on the lip by a bee on the way to Rai Mae Fah Luang (or Mae Fah Luang Art & Cultural Park), so why not add getting locked in the park?
I tried to climb over the gate, but I was wearing a skirt. Tricky business. Oh, did I mention it was pissing down? Ah, yes. Just before we were getting to leave, the skies clouded over and rained. But we doubled back and were able to escape with the employees. I wonder how much longer those 2 farangs stuck around though, they seemed oblivious the park closing.
And despite our best efforts to ride our bicycles with umbrellas, we got soaked. Nothing though, that a nice cold beer and good food couldn’t fix, at least temporarily, until we could get home to enjoy a blissful and hot shower.
Although, the adventure started hot, humid and bright enough when we started at the entrance of the park. It costs 100 baht if you can prove that you live here, and it’s 200 for tourists. I’d recommend bicycling because Rai Mae Fah Luang is perfect for it. I like walking, but the grounds are too big for that. It’s best enjoyed from the whimsy of a bike, and there are smaller paths you can ride down as well.
There is plenty of informative write ups on the cultural side of the park in the brochure they give you, and on their website, so I won’t be repetitive. I enjoyed the architecture, the museum items, practicing Thai with the staff, and learning about the artifacts housed here, but my focus for this post will be on the lush surroundings.
So, without further ado, I leave you with what caught my camera: the clouds, the greenery, and the natural beauty of the place. I’ll definitely return. They even have clean restrooms with soap! Wooo-hooo!
Directions: Take Ratyotha Road away from downtown. Pass the Denha intersection where there is a large picture of the King’s Mother. At the next intersection, turn right on to Honglee. You will see Cimelo Coffee on your right. There are also some newish eateries that have cropped up along here that you might want to nosh at later. Honglee becomes Pa Ngew and Rai Mae Fah Luang will be across from the Country Homes gate on your left.
Until next time, signing off from really rainy’ Rai, xxoo