I thought I’d just share with you a wonderful Valentines Day email I just received from one of the Monks at our local temple in Chiang Mai – Wat Suan Dok. It also contained this rather pretty rose photo.
Dear my dearest friends
What day is it today? Oh that is Valentines Day. I don’t know what does it mean. But someone tell me it is a Love Day. What love? Every love! That is good so I can send it to my beloved one.
How have you been? I hope you are doing well there. Are you alone now? No! You have many nice friends there, I hope. Or any way, I am with you all the times.
Thank for being my dearest friend!!!
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!
WISH YOU FRESH LIKE A ROSE EVERYDAY WISH YOU MORE STRONGER EVERYDAY WISH YOU SMARTER AND MORE CLEVER WISH YOU WEALTHY AND HEALTHY WISH YOU SUCCESSFUL IN EVERYTHING WISH YOU BE MY DEAREST FRIEND FOREVER!!!
You may also be interested in the podcast interview I did with the owners of Pun Pun (Peggy & Jo), where we discuss some of their views on sustainable living & organic farming, and talk about the courses they offer on their Pun Pun Organic farm outside Chiang Mai.
If you live in Chiang Mai, or even Northern Thailand for that matter, you may well already have heard of Pun Pun restaurant. It’s one of those word-of-mouth epidemics that spreads so fast that before you can recommend it to someone, someone else has got there first! Pun Pun opened a few months ago in a small area towards the back of Wat Suan Dok, which itself is located about 2kms along Suthep Road to the West of Chiang Mai’s old town.
Pun Pun was set up by a Thai/American couple and sells organic vegetarian food, grown at Pun Pun Organic farm in the countryside outside Chiang Mai.
So what’s the food like? Absolutely amazing. Even for a non-vegetarian like myself it beats most other restaurants I have been to in Chiang Mai. Almost all dishes are 35 Thai Baht – about $1 – and the fresh fruit shakes are about the same price (The Passion fruit is recommended!) .
Atmosphere-wise, set in the middle of the Wat Suan Dok grounds, monks are continuously slowly wandering past, and the backrgound sounds are often interspersed with the monks chanting nearby. Finally, the friendly, smiling staff makes it one of our favourit restaurants in Chiang mai!
More info for those that need it:
Pun Pun’s opening hours are 9-7pm. They have a delivery service that costs an extra 20 Baht ($0.60) on top of the menu – the phone number for this is 086 573 7049 – the delivery service only runs from 9am-5pm. To get to Pun Pun, head to Wat Suan Dok then walk down the road to the left of the main temple towards the back of the temple grounds, it is on your right near the back. Pun Pun’s website – www.punpunthailand.org.