Doi Tung Royal Villa
Royal Villa © Ronan Crowley
High in the mountains of central Thailand, the Doi Tung Royal village was the residence of the late Princess Srinagarindra, also known as the Princess Mother. The Princess Mother built herself a summer residence in the area as part of her development project to discourage local farmers from growing opium and employing harmful 'slash and burn' practises. After her death, the residence was converted into a museum, and the rest of the property, including the Mae Fah Luang Garden and Mae Fah Luang Arboretum, is also open to the public. The complex has a hotel, restaurant, coffee shop and gift shop, and hosts an open-air market with food and locally-made handicrafts.