5th ASLE-ASEAN Ecocritical Conference
Posthuman Southeast Asia
23-25 November 2023
Doi Tung (Gardens, Royal Villa, Hall of Inspiration)
Doi Tung is a mountain in the north of Chiang Rai, which is the site of an ongoing non-profit development project. Under the patronage of the late Princess Mother, the Mae Fah Luang Foundation was founded to carry out development activities (livelihood development, reforestation, and various social enterprises) so that the quality of life of Thailand's ethnic minorities in the Doi Tung area could be raised.
Lunch at Pha Mhee (Akha village)
Pha Mhee is a small and scenic village located up in the mountains. Most of its inhabitants are Akha, one of the many ethnic groups living in the mountainous areas of Chiang Rai (so-called "hill tribes"). The restaurant is a community ecotourism project that benefits local villagers. After a short time to relax and stroll around the village, guests will be able to enjoy a traditional Akha lunch, as well as local performances and activities that showcase aspects of Akha culture.
Tham Luang Caves
Tham Luang Nang Non ("Great Cave of the Sleeping Lady") is a large karstic cave system situated beneath Doi Nang Non, a mountain range bordering Myanmar. On July 2018, the cave gained international attention when a junior football team and their coach were trapped inside due to flooding caused by heavy monsoonal rains. The rescue operation to safely extract them was followed by many people around the world. Visitors will be able to enter the cave, visit the adjacent exhibition, and stroll around the scenic Blue Lagoon situated close-by.
The Golden Triangle is a unique location where three countries meet: Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. It is the meeting point of the Mekong River (separating Thailand and Laos) and the Ruak River (separating Thailand and Myanmar). In the past, the Golden Triangle was associated with the large opium trade in the region. Nowadays, it is a popular tourist attraction and viewpoint. Visitors will stop for a short time to take pictures.
Chiang Saen (historical site)
The last stop will allow visitors to take a tram around the archaeological site of the ancient Lanna capital of Chiang Saen. The ruins of the old temples and the city walls, with scattered Buddha images, give this site an evocative feeling of a distant past. The tour will stop at Wat Chedi Luang, an important temple that is 700 years old and still highly revered by the locals. It will also stop at Wat Pa Sak ("Temple of the Teak Forest"), where King Saen Phu planted 300 teak trees in 1295. The temple's chedi, adorned with ornamental stucco motifs, is considered one of the most beautiful Lanna-style structures in northern Thailand.