About 45 minutes outside of Chiang Mai’s city centre, Mon Jam offers gorgeous views and cool air year round. In the morning you literally find yourself in the clouds as the fog surrounding the mountain rolls all around you.
Mon Jam is not too far from the Mae Sa Waterfalls and a few other popular activities in the Mae Rim area so it was definitely going to be a stop during my whirlwind trip to Chiang Mai. My visit to Mon Jam was in the afternoon so although we missed the fog, the sky was blue and sunny and offered views over the mountain’s landscape.
The road leading up to Mon Jam was a windy uphill path with stands selling strawberries freshly picked in the area and women selling woven purses and intricately stitched dresses. Once at the top, I could feel the distinct difference in the air- crisp and cool compared to the blazing heat back in Chiang Mai.
There were huge fields growing vegetables as part of the Royal Project, which originally began as a way to promote legal crops and agriculture to combat deforestation, poverty, and opium production.
Lining the mountainside were thatched open air huts for visitors to take in the beautiful scenery, relax, and picnic. There was a small, breezy restaurant on site that serves refreshments and dishes cooked with fresh produce from the Royal Project.
Naturally I chose a sweet, yummy strawberry shake, snagged a hut and enjoyed the respite from the 90F/32C heat back in the city.
Although I admit there’s only so long I can sit still and “chill” even with a gorgeous view. I’m much more of an activity girl I’d say. Or at the very least I needed a book to read. Before long, I was antsy to get myself back down the mountain to see more sites and take more photographs.