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More babies!

February 26, 2013


If you look closely you will see two of Lala‘s eight babies, born yesterday!

This time of the year is fantastic, a lot of blossom, warm nights and mornings, singing birds and babies of all kinds.

It is a common misunderstanding in Europe and North America that Thailand is a rain forest without seasons, that the landscape looks the same regardless of month. Our tropical monsoon climate do have three very pronounced seasons and so nature lovers should avoid the early cool season (November-December) when the birds are silent, many plants and butterflies are inactive and the nights are uncomfortably cold. The touristic guidebooks may be written by experts on bar hopping and bungy jumping and so cooler evenings might be preferred for such activities, but garden and forest lovers should focus on the active period from mid February until September.

Eco tourism is still declared an insignificant niche by the Chiang Mai tourism association, but private initiatives such as Dokmai Garden and the Tiger Trail will change that by providing expertise in finding and explaining about Thai plants and animals. The successful development in Australia and New Zealand inspire us.

Eric Danell

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Aree permalink
    March 7, 2013 3:06 PM

    Malay gooseberry is มะยม, isn’t it? Are you sure about the price (200b/kg)? In my village, we get it for free from neighbour. Anyway, I am interested in your real Lemon. How can I buy a share? Is that per year and can I still buy the share or is it already off the limit?

    • March 7, 2013 9:37 PM

      In Bangkok there can be crazy prices. Indeed, if you grow it at home it is free!

  2. Aree permalink
    March 13, 2013 9:28 PM

    What about the lemon? Is it the yellow one like on T.V cooking programme (for example: Jamie Oliver)?

    • March 14, 2013 6:42 PM

      Yes, that is the Jamie Oliver lemon. To grow it in Thailand you need elevated flower beds. We have them fruiting now.Come and visit us and chat with Kate.

      Kate and Eric

      • Aree permalink
        March 15, 2013 10:23 PM

        Dear Khun Kate and Eric,
        I live in Thaton but I go to see my parents every other month in Sanpathong, and the next visit is in April. I am sure will make a plan to visit you on the way back. I hope it will be easy to come to your place. I have no car or motorbike.

      • March 16, 2013 1:52 AM

        San Patong is very close to us. Go to Namphrae bridge on canal road and follow the signs.

        Cheers, Kate and Eric

      • Aree permalink
        March 19, 2013 4:14 PM

        I had a look on the map, it is quite far to come here by foot, isn’t it? Is there a local Song Teaw that comes to your place? I don’t know if I can ask the regular Song Teaw from Toong-siew, which I always catch to go into Chiangmai city, to take me to the garden. How far is it from the main road?

      • March 19, 2013 11:06 PM

        Dear Aree,

        Everything is explained on our English website:

        Make sure to make an appointment 1-2 days beforehand since we are only open on request.

        Cheers, Kate

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