Discover Chiang Rai: Mon Fah Farm & Sacha Inchi Seed

“So where are all the good places to visit in Chiang Rai?” asked the traveler. 

Welcome to my first travel post on the Museflower Project blog!

Here I want to share what’s there to discover in Chiang Rai – this little city (though huge province) up in the north of Thailand. Most people know about Chiang Mai, Bangkok, Samui or Phuket, but poor “little” Chiang Rai seems to be off the radar.

I met a traveler the other day in Chiang Rai. He told me that he didn’t really like it here. He asked me what’s there to see, because all he could see is bar girls (in the only one street in town) giving happy endings to customers and drunk foreigners. I told him that from what I knew, there were only two streets like that in Chiang Rai, that were for tourists only. 

‘Oh then maybe that’s where I am staying, because that’s why that’s all I see’, said the traveler.

Uh-oh! But Chiang Rai is such a beautiful place to visit.

“So where are all the good places to visit in Chiang Rai?” asked the traveler. 

Chiang Rai definitely is not a typical tourist attraction because there are only so few touristy spots for photos, and it’s boring for most people who only like to take pictures and move on to the next spot.

But if you like to take a break from the city and come enjoy the countryside, Chiang Rai does have something to offer, like discovering new gems inside a cave. 

So, through this blog, I hope to post and share with everyone the ‘more fun’ places to visit in Chiang Rai. I am still a half-tourist here, so this is where I’ll put on my travel hat. I’d only write about places that I personally have been to (no commission whatsoever), and will be truly honest of my own personal experience there – knowing that everyone experiences differently.

Please bear in mind that my opinion and my experience may not be the same as what you may experience. I’m not a licensed tour guide, just someone who enjoys traveling and discovering new places. 

Hope you enjoy this half-tourist guide of Chiang Rai and Thailand! 

PS: Thank you to this traveler who eventually gave me this idea to write the travel blog (he is a real person, not an imaginary friend)


Mon Fah Organic Farm

(since there is no English spelling, I tried my best to translate the sound)

Location: Nanglae Nai Village, Nanglae Sub-District,  Muang District, Chiang Rai

It’s a journey itself to discover this beautiful farm, inside of Nanglae Nai, a small village off the Highway road on the way to Mae Sai (Phaholyotin Road) around the Nanglae District.

I was getting crazy (pretty much on a daily basis), and bought 5 books that I could not even read (!!!) on decorating with plants and gardens. All I could enjoy was the beautiful pictures for inspiration, and one could hope that my boyfriend would translate for me one day.

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Out of one of the books, my boyfriend saw this farm located in Chiang Rai, not too far from where he lives, so he suggested to take a visit.

We arrived on a Sunday, and at first we didn’t see anyone except a beautiful landscape that resembled a boutique resort.

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Then the owner appeared and came to greet to us like an old friend. The owner Mr. Wichai (or ‘arjan‘ means teacher in Thai) explained that all the workers were off on Sunday, so he brought us to this sitting and meeting area that was built on the lake.

We explained that we’d like to know more about organic farms in Chiang Rai, so Arjan shared with us his journey of how he used to an early-retiring professor from Bangkok, to an organic farmer at Chiang Rai for 15 years.

Arjan Wichai said he wanted “chivit thammada” (a normal life). The life in Bangkok had become abnormal. He was a professor in physical, and he wanted to plant and introduce a new super health food that was unique to Thailand.

That’s how he discovered Sacha Inchi seed (Thai people call it the “star nut” – such a cute name), and he brought the seeds over to produce different kind of products out of this super food.

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Sacha Inchi seed is from Peruvian Amazon originally. The seed is known as the Inca Peanut.

This small nut produces a high quality oil which has the following benefits:
– Its oil is high in Omega 3,6,9
– Antioxidant
– Contains vitamin A and E

It can be taken internally in the form of nut or oil, or externally as cosmetic products, such as massage oil or soap.

For more information about the Sacha Inchi seed, see here: http://www.inkanatural.com/en/sachainchi/sacha_inchi_oil.html
(the website of this farm is not available)

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We bought a small bottle of oil, a massage candle, a bar of soap, and some snacks with the nut. 

I still haven’t tried out the oil yet- when I do I will share how it is!

Unfortunately we didn’t get to look at the farm yet since it ended up raining and really windy.

But Arjan Wichai gave us 2 seeds for us to plant as souvenirs, thank you so much!

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We will definitely go back to visit again, and maybe we will end up selling their products here at Museflower Retreat & Spa too (love discovering and sourcing local products and sharing it with our guests here), who knows?

I loved how serene the place felt, with the small reservoir in the middle, and the traditional bamboo bridge on top of it.

Arjan Wichai offers the meeting room (which is above the lake) complimentary for anyone who is interested to use. We can bring our own food (they do not serve food at the farm) but strictly no alcohol.

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He emphasized that serenity and the peaceful atmosphere at the farm should be kept at all times.That is the reason why he doesn’t want to promote or advertise his farm as a tourist attraction.

Everyone is welcome to visit his beautiful farm, as long as we enter with an open heart and respect to nature.

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Arjan Wichai is very hospitable and can speak some English. He is happy to share his knowledge about the Sacha Inchi seed products.

I prefer to share the location privately if anyone is interested to visit, in order to keep Arjan Wichai’s wishes to maintain the serenity of his farm.

I’m so thankful and amazed by how the Universe paves out new journeys and adventures for us to discover. If I never bought the books, then I would have never (or at least not now) discovered Mon Fah Farm, met Arjan Wichai, and got to know about Sacha Inchi Seed (which I never heard of before). 

Another example of saying ‘yes’ and following intuition in life, and what new adventure it leads us to. 

Thank you Universe and Arjan Wichai for the hospitable welcome!


Want to learn more about what’s there to do in Chiang Rai and  at Museflower Retreat & Spa? Visit our official website here.

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2 thoughts on “Discover Chiang Rai: Mon Fah Farm & Sacha Inchi Seed

  1. Huy Nguyen says:

    Dear Leaders or Owners of Sacha Inchi seed planting,

    I’m a Saigonese bsed farmer from Vietnam.
    I’m so appreciated it should you kindly share with me just 50 seeds of Sacha Inchi ready for planting. I love this amazing plant as reading your page.

    Also as a farmer, I can be of our helpful partner in term of planting Sacha Inchi and get back the seeds to you for your healthy application.
    I’m also highly appreciated your feedback about this matter and hope that you can help me with the seeds from your garden. Should you open any of your opinions about this, kindly share with me so that I know how to go on.

    Once again, I thank you so much for your kind attention and look forward to your short reply at your best convenience.

    Yours truly,
    Huy Nguyen – The farmer
    Mob: +84.908.897.280 – Email: huy.inca.vinagri@gmail.com
    Official residence: 281/64/7 Le Van Sy Street, Ward 1, Tan Binh District,
    Ho Chi Minh City – Vietnam (3 minutes from Tan Son Nhat Airport).

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    • museflower says:

      Hello Huy Nguyen,
      Thank you for your comment, I’m glad that you enjoyed the Sacha inchi seed as much as we did!
      However we are not distributor of this seed and we have bought a couple plants from Mr. Wichai to plant in our garden only.
      I’ll email you separately about contacting him.
      Thank you!

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