|Ton and Mee -- and Ouan makes three.|
Then once inside, cool jazz tunes sweep over you, and your eyes are drawn to the valley outside. The cafe hangs over a stunning piece of countryside, with terraced tea plantations opposite. Cast your eyes around and you can hardly believe you're in some little mountain town; it feels as cool as anywhere in downtown Sukhumvit Road. Magazines in any number of languages, arty photographs of the area, and a certain designery chic. It seems soooo out of place ...
Sweet Mae Salong is the 'baby' of Ton and Mee, a lovely young couple from Bangkok who decided to pursue their dream. "My family ran a traditional Thai restaurant, very primitive," Mee laughs. "But I love baking, not really cooking." Her raspberry tart is wicked, and her creme brulee the best this side of Paris.
Oh, so you studied dessert-making under some renowned chef or something? "No, I studied international business in Melbourne," she laughs. "And I studied photography," chimes in the affable Ton. "Spend lots of money to study in Melbourne, now serve coffee and bake cakes!"
|Hungry diners thaw out over a huge breakfast ...|
Other guests shuffle into the tiny cafe, rugged up against the morning chill which can get down to about 5 or 10 degrees on a wintry morning. Everyone wants to sit on the balcony and be thawed by the morning son that stream across those tables.
We chat between cups of coffee. Why Doi Mae Salong? "It's a balance between nature, culture and money," says the artistically slim Ton. "And Mae Salong is interesting. We have tradition and we have the internet." A Mac computer sits wired nearby. "But it's quiet versus Bangkok and Mee loves the weather."
Ton's favourite place in Thailand is Lanta Island in the south. "Coz Lanta Island is very big but you still can find peaceful and quiet beach," the 35-year-old enthuses. You can also catch the boat to many beautiful islands around, rent a bike to visit Amphur Gao ... San Ga Ou village. Kao Mai Gaew waterfall in Tambon Klong Rin is also very, very beautiful."
|Quiet fields in Nan, near Laos.|
|View from The Deck|