The Rice Fields
Amidst the green rice fields of outer Chiang Rai and in the middle of nowhere is an open-air café and accommodations built in the concept a traditional ryokan. The architecture in the style of the Japanese inn features wooden frames, tatami mats, and shoji sliding doors. One would expect their hosts to actually wear the yukata kimono as they greet guests. The Ryokan Café opened first as a trial project, with a coffee menu, chocolate drinks and beverages along with simple Japanese dishes such as rice with curry, tempura, or tonkatsu pork outlets. Customers can enjoy all this with enticing view of rice fields.
Each room design has tatami mats, and also equipped with a ‘rotenburo’ outdoor pool and rock garden – a great spot to enjoy the cooler months of Thailand’s northernmost province.
Open daily: 9.30 – 18.30, 134 Moo 4, Tambon Bua Salee, Amphur Mae Lao, Chiang Rai, +66 (0) 81 863 3010, chiangrairyokan.com