The Royal Villa built atop the Doi Tung Hill which served as a summer house and the base from which the late princess mother, the mother of the present king oversaw the development projects of the Doi Tung area is now a beautiful museum displaying her work. There are many Chiang Rai hotels that one could seek accommodation in but a comfortable abode such as the Anantara Golden Triangle Thailand ranked among the top Chiang Rai hotels to ensure a pleasant stay. It was with the theory that the local tribes would be so honoured to have a royal family member living amongst them that they would stop cultivating the drug opium that the princess mother set up her residence there, thereby educating the people on new agricultural methods, thus replacing the opium with crops such as coffee, macadamia nuts and fruits. An ideal place for a picnic with the family, the Doi Tung Royal Villa including its beautiful gardens are open to the public, thus displaying the princess mother’s noble intentions even after her death.
Jayani Senanayake is a writer who dabbles in travel and all things exotic. Under the pseudonym of Calliope Sage, she writes of the allures that must simply be discovered. Google+