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A rare and lovely setting: the Horizon Village & Resort

‘One-Two-Go’ gets the green light

A rare and lovely setting: the Horizon Village & Resort

The Horizon Village & Resort is set in a beautifully kept 20 year old Botanic Garden.

Andy Archer
The Chiang Mai Mail was recently invited to tour the Horizon Village & Resort by its General Manager, Seewapong Kumwang. The resort, built some three years ago, is located on Highway 118, approximately 10 kilometres from Chiang Mai, and is set in 285 rai of beautiful 20-year old botanic gardens full of rare, not so rare, and very lovely trees and plants.
Its design is Northern Thai (Lanna), with the classic architectural details used to the full, resulting in a place of deep tranquillity where guests can escape from their busy lifestyles or simply indulge in a luxurious weekend away. All the facilities one would expect from a high class resort are available including a large swimming pool, Yoga and Meditation Spa and an up-to-date fitness room.
Although the resort has 71 rooms and a great number of facilities, personal service is provided in a warm family atmosphere. There is a choice of suites ranging from 32 standard rooms, to a superior villa. Size of rooms varies from 40 square metres up to 68. Guests can choose between two restaurants, the Mai Na or the Lan Dok Mai, both serving a range of healthy foods including macrobiotically and organically grown plants and vegetables.
The Tweechol Botanical Garden which houses the resort was originally conceived by Tweesackdi Sesawech, the Minister of Agriculture between 1996 and 1998, and his family. Their passion for gardening can be easily witnessed in the mature trees and flowering bushes and plants surrounding the resort’s buildings.
The botanical garden was begun with the dream of it being a place to study the ways of the Lanna people. One of its most interesting features is ‘Centre Point’ which has four domes displaying orchids, bromeliads, anthurium, colocasia, monotera, cacti and succulents. The waterfall and tropical plants rely on a humid ecosystem.
There are many other areas of the Botanic Garden to enjoy, from the Palm Garden with over 58 varieties of palm trees from around the world, to the topiaries, expertly crafted into countless animal shapes. The numerous lakes give the visitor a feeling of space, with even pedal boats provided to explore further.
This amazing resort even has its own zoo, as well as rice paddy fields, and organic farm, a riding arena and camping facilities. When guests have enjoyed all this, there is even a museum to visit on site.
The Huen Chaiharn Museum is separated into four different rooms; the Buddha room, displaying items collected from ancient temples and a collection of military medals and ranking badges from Thai history, a room paying tribute to HM King Bhumibol the Great, which also has ancient swords and spears on show, and the Chao Dara Rassamee room, with photographs of the Lanna Princess who married Rama V and some beautiful silver and lacquerware. The fourth and final room is built on the granary and features displays showing the wealth of the earth and nature.
The museum is free, and the Botanic Gardens are open for day visitors at 60 baht for adults and 30 baht for children. Meeting and banquet facilities include 5 function rooms seating from 24 to 220 people.
All in all, this gem of a resort is a ‘must visit’; both tourists and residents of Chiang Mai alike should find the time to spend a relaxing long weekend in these beautiful and fascinating surroundings. For more info, please visit the resort’s website at www. horizonvillage.com.


‘One-Two-Go’ gets the green light

Elena Edwards
Following its four-month suspension from service after a fatal crash involving a One-Two-Go MD 80 aircraft in Phuket last year in which 90 people were killed, the formerly popular budget airline has been given clearance to resume operations.
To begin with, One-Two-Go will operate two daily flights from Chiang Mai and one to Phuket from its base in Bangkok’s recently re-opened Don Mueang airport.
According to its parent company Orient Air’s CEO, Udom Tantiprasongchai, the situation will be assessed one week after operations are resumed, and, should passengers seem confident, a full service will eventually be brought back online. Other destinations due to be reopened are Chiang Rai, Hat Yai and Nakhon Si Thammarat.
The airline, banned after an investigation found that safety regulations had been breached by having substandard quality checks, and that faked documents had been submitted to the government regulator, won its license back two weeks ago after safety checks by the government’s Civil Aviation department.



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