Took a trip to spend time with Mother Nature to hide away from all the busy and hectic. The objective was simple, to just chill and do nothing.
Mon Nuea homestay was about half an hour’s drive out of Chiang Mai city. Most of the journey was going upwards towards the peak of the mountains. We lost our way a couple of times but eventually reached in the late afternoon.
There were 3 kinds of accommodation available: Tents, domes and rooms. I would have preferred the tents because each tent had an attached bathroom, however the tents were all fully booked when we got there. Hence we opted for the domes. Domes have no attached toilet but all share a common bathroom with 4 shower and 4 cubicles. The rooms are pretty standard wooden and bamboo, with attached bathroom and balcony, but it would be pointless to stay within walls when you’re spending a night on the mountains to enjoy all things natural.
For dinner, it was a standard Thai barbeque steamboat on a charcoal stove that each accommodation would have. The food was nothing special to be honest, mookata is mookata regardless of how you cook it, however to have mookata in the evening breeze while watching the evening sunset is something different.
This is how it looks like inside the dome. It was high enough for me to stand up straight without knocking on to the canvas, and it comes with a small table fan that we didn’t use because it got cooler when the sky got dark. We left a bottle of yogurt out in the open and at night the temperatures drop as low as 12 degrees celsius. By sunrise, the yogurt was already chilled.
The reception lobby also serves as a convenience store that sells very basic necessities and beverages. That’s also the same place where breakfast will be served in the morning.
Breakfast is a very simple bowl of porridge with minced meat, a hard boiled egg, and some garnishing. You may think I’m kidding but there was so much simplicity in this dish it was the most amazing breakfast I ever had. The porridge was so good.
Maybe that’s why they call it a homestay,
Breakfast tastes like how traditional grannies would prepare them.
Or maybe it’s called a homestay,
Because everywhere’s our home if we explore these places together.