Wednesday, November 9, 2016

The Secret Garden

Wandering around Chiang Mai on Sunday afternoon, we stumbled upon this beautiful garden cafe in the south of the old city. We didn't have any plans for the day apart from aimlessly walking around, so we were quite happy to discover this gem in the city.
On one side of the high-walled garden there was a sign that caught my eye, 'Clay studio, coffee and garden'. As we were walking around the corner an English speaking gentleman said, "There's a beautiful garden in there, and a nice cafĂ©.  There's nothing else like it in Chiang Mai".
So of course then we thought we should go in and have a look.
It was early afternoon and the sky was a perfect clear blue. We walked in to the beautiful stone carved entry way and we were suddenly inside a spectacular tropical garden in the middle of the city.
The ground was paved with bumpy stone bricks, and the garden beds were filled with clay buddha sculptures surrounded by lush green ferns, vines and palm trees.
At the far end of the garden was a water fountain, with an intricately carved buddha wall behind it.
We sat down at a table and ordered a fresh coconut to share and some plates of curry each. Our curries came out served with blue rice, which got its colour from a special tea called 'butterfly pea flower'. The tea is made from a flower which is common in South East Asia, and apparently it has many health benefits and is full of antioxidants.
The curries were delicious and flavorful, and we really enjoyed our lunch sitting in the peaceful garden.
There was such an abundance of nature in the garden, pretty butterflies flitting around, birds singing, and even a couple of cheeky squirrels playing in the tree above us.
It was a very peaceful and relaxed way to spend our Sunday afternoon.

Thanks for reading,
Hannah xx

1 comment:

  1. I am so happy for you and Nathan , what a wonderful experience. You should write a book about your travels. Take care, hugs and kisses. Love Auntie Lisa