Thai food is famous for seeking to combine five flavours perfectly: salt, sweet, sour, spicy and bitter. One dish might lean more heavily on one flavour, but another will balance it. This is a pretty explosive idea for a Brit who’s been brought up on yummy, but quite bland dishes, like baked potato and tuna mayo, and pasta, and pie…
For those of us in the west who are used to a temperate climate, the tropics' seasonal pattern may feel confusing. Is the rainy season really that rainy? Is the cold season actually cold? At Chai Lai we regularly recieve enquiries from guests asking when is the best time to come and visit us here. This guide is here to put your mind at rest and help you make the right decision.
Elope in the jungle
Tuesday morning we got a call at 8:00 am from a couple camping at a Karen homestay in Mae Wang. They wanted to stay the night, and they also wanted to know if it would be possible to have a wedding that day. We love LOVE and spontaneity so we said YES! The monks at the temple seemed to be surprised by the last minute request for such and important day but happily agreed to prepare the Buddhist blessing ceremony. Kelsie and Matt started the day with rafting on a bamboo raft to take in the beauty of Mae Wang national park. Then they has a riverside picnic where they were greeted by an elephant. Then it was time for Thai massage and the blessing at the forest temple. Serendipity was the theme that day. One of Chiang Mai’s best photographers, Toon, came up to document the day. The weather, elephants, and our favorite cake baker all conspired to make the day perfect and magical. Thank you Matt and Kelsie for letting Chai Lai be part of your love story.
World Elephant Day, August 12, is dedicated to the preservation and protection of the world's elephants.
The goal of International Elephant Day is to create awareness of the urgent plight of African and Asian elephants, and to share knowledge and positive solutions for the better care and management of captive and wild elephants.