As the Hops ‘N Spice tour winds down, the crew heads north to Chiang Rai after spending a couple relaxing days in Ko Samui. It is the largest city in Thailand’s northernmost province. There, they visited the Rai Boonrawd Farm which produces barley and tea. The vast fields and scenic landscape have made the Rai Boonrawd Farm a popular stop for tourists on mountain biking trips.
Photo by Jenny Beattie
The crew got to munch on some Fried Oolong Tea Chips at the farm.
12 km up into the picturesque hills of Chiang Rai is the Doy Din Dang Pottery studio. Doy Din Dang means “Red Clay Hill” and the materials and designs of their hand-thrown stoneware are inspired by the studio’s location. Natural glazes derived from wood, bamboo, ash, rice stalks, leaves and clay leave their pottery free from unhealthy chemical ingredients.
Driving through the rice fields, the crew stopped by Wat Rong Khun (White Temple of Northern Thailand) before heading back to their hotel. Its unique aesthetics and sculptures draws thousands of people a year, many buying “Lucky Leaves” made of metal, which they write on and leave hanging on the temple for good luck.
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