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Mae Rim ~ Pong Yaeng ~ Samerng ~ Harngdong

DRIVE NORTH OF THE CITY to Mae Rim, turn left at a T-Junction to drive to Samerng district. The road climbs up hillsides to several beautiful resorts, good restaurants, bungy jumping and a monkey center. A few hours later you'll return to the city refreshed.

Two delightful museums are located on Chotana Road. The first museum is the Hilltribe Museum open weekdays. It's located in the Suan Lor Gao (Rama 9) park and garden. Situated in a three story round tower, the exhibitions depict the lifestyles of all the major tribes of this area. Visitors can call in advance to see a Multi-vision show at (Tel. 053 210872.)

Farther north on Mae Rim road within an army camp is the Dara Pirom Museum devoted exclusively to Chao Dara Rasami a consort to Rama V. The residence was carefully restored down to the original pale yellow exterior paint. Chao Dara Rasami devoted her years in court to promoting performing arts of dancing and music. When she returned to live her later years in Chiangmai, she took a great interest in agriculture. Many of her personal items are on display in the museum.Open for viewing: Tuedays to Sundays 9 am to 5 pm. Call in advance for an English speaking guide at Tel. 053 299175.

Take some time to indulge in a treatment at the award winning Angsana Spa devoted to enhance the senses of spiritual and physical well being. The most popular treatment is the tangerine body wrap. Show this issue to the spa reception to get special offers. The Angsana Spa is located in the Clubhouse of the Green Valley Country Club.

Visit The Queen Sirikit Botanical Garden to see the plants in the largest greenhouse in southeast Asia. Located at km12 of Old Samoeng route, it covers an area of 560 acres. It was established to gather, conserve and strengthen studies and research on Thai plants. See the extensive library in the main building plus and take the eco path to stroll in the hilly forest. (Tel. 053298171-5)

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