Pong Yang farm is a cosy retreat tucked away in the Pong Yang District of Northern Thailand. Built on the green mountain sides the farm offers great views of the surrounding villages.
Even though it’s only an hour or so by vehicle it’s a totally different world from the city streets of Chiang Mai.
The farm is the result of a mixture of passions from the owners. On one side you have Natjan who has 15 years of experience working for the departments of agriculture, and on the other you have Thomas who’s passion revolves around architecture.
Pong Yang Farm
My visit to Pong Yang farm was arranged as part of a larger trip to visit three different farms in the area through Farm Stay Asia. The idea of a farm stay is a relatively new concept in Thailand. It’s a unique a type of travel where you lodge on a farm, and while you’re there, you get to learn all about the various crops they produce such as vegetables, fruits and herbs.
Like the other farms I visited, at Pong Yang farm you couldn’t ask for friendlier or nicer hosts.
Upon arrival and every breakfast, fresh juice made from produce on the farm greeted me. Pong Yang either grows or sources most of the ingredients from its own grounds or the neighbouring farms. This means there’s never any shortage of fresh food to eat.
How great would it be to live in a place like this where you can just wake up, pick fresh organic ingredients and make fresh juice every day?
Once settled in, we went for a wander around and learnt about the various crops grown on the farm. There was a wide selection produce ranging from Thailand herbs to tea leaves and avocados.
We learnt about the various processes behind growing the different crops.
It was also funny to see that the owner Natjan was very squirmish when it came to insects, considering there are so many found around the forest areas in this part of Thailand!
As someone who has eaten lettuce since he was a kid, it’s slightly embarrassing not to have any idea how it’s grown. So a highlight of the trip was getting to see first hand the lettuce farming cycle, right from the moment of first planted, all the way through to picking time.
The surprise was just how simple but effective the process is.
All the lettuce on the farm is grown hydroponically, which means no soil is required. Just a regular supply of water connects each lettuce pod.
As a man, the only time flowers usually come into play is Valentine’s Day and birthdays! However, during my stay at Pong Yang farm, we got to go behind the scenes and learn about flower production.
It was impressive to see these flowers grown on such a grand scale.
It came as no surprise though to learn all these bundles of joy are destined to end up on the street of Bangkok.
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There’s not much point in growing all delicious vegetables and fruits if it’s only others who get to taste them.
In true Thai style, we had a cooking lesson to show us how to create delicious dishes from the various ingredients we had collected thought out the day.
OK, admittedly we did get a little carried away and added way too much chilli to one of the dishes. We were made to pay afterwards – but it was all part of the fun!
Enjoying the Scenery
It’s not all about keeping busy during a farm stay at Pong Yang farm. There’s also plenty of time to relax, chill out on a rainy day and enjoy the mountain views.
— Barry (@ToolsofTravel) 10 July 2017
At my first farm stay, there was a stunning dancing performance by some very energetic local children. Now at Pong Yang Farm, there was another chance to have a VIP view of how the seniors do it.
All the ladies performing come from the area and in their free time meet up once or so times a week to practice.
Writers Secret Resturant
Another highlight of the trip was having a meal Tune In Garden. Known as ‘The Writers Secret Restaurant’ this was the home of a famous Thai writer and his wife is now serving some of the tastiest food in the area.
We also had a night performance from the Pong Yang Thai dancing ladies.
Pong Yang farm has many bedrooms available for various guests to use during their farm stay.
The Junior Suite was so roomy – it was more a family apartment than a bedroom!
No trip to Thailand would be complete without a visit to the local temple. This one was unique as it overlooks the mountains and Pong Yang farm!
The artistic interior was also very special. The drawings portray a detailed description of the village and the families who live there.
Thoughts coming away from Pong Yang
My trip to Pong Yang farm was not only educational but a lot of fun too. I couldn’t have asked for any better treatment in the way the hosts looked after me – both Natjan & Thomas have a great sense of humour.
Even their dog was a friendly character…
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I’m sure that other guests visiting Pong Yang would feel the same. The farm overseas a beautiful part of Thailand and offers a great retreat that easily reachable from Chiang Mai.
As more and more people come to visit Thailand, I can see this alternative type of travel catching on.
Location & Contact Details
Pong Yang Farm is just over 1 hours drive from Chiang Mai.
If you are interested in the farm stay concept, I used Farm Stay Asia to organise my trip. At present the have over 20 different farm locations around Thailand that you can stay at.