Continuing on with part 2 of #jasexploreschiangmai!
Waking up at 430am was such a struggle, but we did it anyway to catch the sunrise. It was a 1-hour drive to the mountain from our accommodation and another additional 5-10 minutes drive up to the peak of the mountain.
Unfortunately, luck was not on our side that day because of the thick fog and mist. Once the skies got brighter, we knew we had missed the sunrise. However, the drive down the mountain made our trip more worthwhile because of the spectacular view. We were so high up that we were amongst the clouds and overlooking the mountains below us. The beauty of nature never fails to mesmerize me.
Our amazing view back at Upcountry Bungalows!
They also have a garden where they grow different varieties of vegetables which are used to cook for their guests. And the adorable beagle is their house pet! She wouldn't stop coming to us to play :')
Breakfast was rice with green curry, made vegan for me upon request. Thai Green Curry is one of my absolute favourites and a must-order when I'm in Thailand. After breakfast, we headed to a tea plantation. They have a variety of tea leaves which you are able to purchase from their store. Check out my Chiang Rai vlog here.
Back into the vehicle for a 3-hour drive down to a little village to have lunch and visit a historical museum. It was about a war between China and Thailand many years ago. We were told that in this village, most of their ancestors were from China because they did not leave Thailand after the war. Thankfully It was easy to order my lunch because the villagers understood mandarin. I got rice with stir fry veggie with less oil and salt.
Next up was the Golden Triangle. The landscape is hilly, divided by the Ruak River that flows into the Mekong (Mae Khong) River. These rivers form a natural boundary between the three countries Laos (to the east of the Mekong), Myanmar (to the north of the Ruak), and Thailand (to the west of the Mae Khong). By then it was nearing dark fall. It was our last stop of the day before we drove to Chiang Mai.
That sums up our trip to Chiang Rai!
Read my Vegan food guide in Chiang Mai (part 1) here.