I loved Macca’s post this week and once again was a little challenged as to what to write about in my blog. There was either going to be an extraordinary shopping experience in Vietnam or an out of this world dining experience in Thailand.
If you know C and I a little bit it should be clear by now which one is this week’s winner!
It may not have been lobster in Borneo but a true culinary heaven in the middle of the hills that surround Chiang Rai. About 20k away from the bustle of this Northern city in Thailand.
This little gem of a place called Bamboo Nest De Chiang Rai is nested between rice paddies and banana tree forests not far away from the tribal village of Lahu. Built, owned and run by a lovely local couple Nok and Noi and looked after by their amazing dog Kau that will guide you round the hills and through the jungle better than any human guide could.
There’s hardly any phone reception and no internet, solar power only and an incredible silence…
C and I ended up there searching for a short escape up North before heading back down to the islands. Boy did we love it there!
Our short, 4 night stay was definitely not enough but we had to head down south as this was one of not very many fixed arrangements during our travels.
There is a great outdoor dining area for all and bear in mind there are only 4 bamboo huts there 2 out of which were empty while we visited, so we really did feel like were the only tourists around!
On the menu there is an intriguing speciality that Nok and Noi cook for their guests only after an advanced order. Being on a tight backpacker budget C and I decided to treat ourselves anyway and this is what turned up for us one lunchtime
Lemongrass and salt crusted fish with sticky rice cooked in bamboo… A true taste sensation!
I mean, words can’t describe the taste and the experience. We both loved it so much that we had it again just before we needed to head off back to Chiang Mai to catch an overnight bus back to Bangkok.
Sticky rice cooked in bamboo is a very traditional Northern Thai speciality and I’d do a lot to have it server like this in some of the Thai places here in the UK but then again it probably wouldn’t be cooked the way it was there, up in the hills with nothing but amazing views, great people and the peace and silence that most of us don’t even know still exists…
If you ever up there in Northern Thailand, make sure you go visit Nok and Noi and say hello from us! I was the first Polish person to stay there so I am sure they’ll remember. And we’re going back some time in December anyway. I just can’t even imagine a trip to Thailand without visiting Bamboo Nest again.
Just have a look what we used to wake up to…
Just stunning! And the friendliness of Nok and Noi is second to none! After those short 4 nights in 2011 they were like family! We can’t wait to go back.
Till next week x