With all do respect, a very spunky lady in Thailand...

Moral of the story, it's never too late to make an impact.

While traveling through Thailand with my husband, we discovered the work of the late Princess Mother (the King's mother). In the Chaing Mai region of Thailand in the Golden Triangle, Princess Mother was looking for a location to build a home in weather that was more suitable to her health. She discovered a land devastated by deforestation and opium trafficking and people struggling for survival. This, then ninety year old, made it her mission to help turn the area around into the amazing place it is now.

The Doi Tung Development Project is a holistic and integrated sustainable alternative livelihood development initiative. It is the culmination of the Princess Mother's lifelong dedication to development work. And the shopping is great too!
Points of intrest:
The Mae Fah Luang Garden- 10 glorious acres of the best cultivated flower species I have ever seen amid incredible water sculptures.

Doi Tung Royal Villa- A recreation of a Swiss Chalet complete with a hand-crafted wood inlay of the Princess Mother's favourite constellations. Designed by the Astronomy Society of Thailand, installed light bulbs representing the stars in the centre of the ceiling showed the position of the constellations on October 21, 1900, the day the Princess Mother was born.

The Cottage Industries Centre and Outlet- a handicrafts training and job creation centre that was launched alongside with the Project's reforestation projects. All Doi Tung Lifestyle products are produced by skilled ethnic minorities in this compound of 8.32 hectares (52 rai). The Centre, located at the foot of Doi Tung, employs more than 300 skilled workers in four handicraft producing facilities.
Did I mention the shopping?

A very cool lady indeed, kop kun ka!
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