The name Rai Mae Fah Luang reflects the project’s purpose in a lovely way. Rai means plantation, and Mae Fah Luang refers to the king’s mother, Her Royal Highness Princess Srinagarindra, the Princess Mother.
But the crops were not ordinary plants; Rai Mae Fah Luang cultivated the young hill tribe children’s knowledge and skills. The skills they needed to live a better life.
Years later, as the government initiatives to improve hill tribes’ livelihoods became more effective, Rai Mae Fah Luang’s focus shifted.
Rai Mae Fah Luang changed from an educational site; to a center for Lanna art and culture.
Rai Mae Fah Luang also changed its name to Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park. Today, it has northern Thailand’s most extensive collection of Lanna artifacts.
I have seen Lanna artifacts on display in many places on my travels around northern Thailand. But one thing that made Mae Fah Luang Art and Cultural Park stand out from the rest was the display of Teak.
I got so very excited when I saw the absolutely fantastic display of Teak and teak wood products, so I covered that part in great detail.
Not that the surroundings weren’t beautiful, and the other things on display weren’t interesting because they were.
But, the Teak exhibition was out of the ordinary; it took my breath away, got me really excited, and got most of my attention.