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The Rose of the North

Chiang Mai and the Festival of Lights

November 6-13, 2022

Cool mornings, verdant mountains, and the annual Loi Krathong festival of lights make this the very best moment of the year in Thailand’s cultural capital. Our host is Andy Ricker, longtime resident of Chiang Mai who popularized this region’s cuisine in the U.S. with his PokPok restaurants, and is ready to show you what makes this place amazing.

Andy Ricker

Our Host

Chef, Writer, Traveler
Andy Ricker

Nathan Thornburgh

Trip Guide

R&K Co-Founder
Nathan Thornburgh

R&K Trip Itinerary

This former capital—which King Rama V called the “prime diamond on the crown of Thailand”—is the mountain soul of this country. We’ll start there and then branch widely around the ancient Loi Krathong festival of lights, venturing to the Golden Triangle and back down to Chiang Rai, into the mountains and finally into one final Bangkok bacchanal. Restaurateur, writer, and raconteur Andy Ricker and his friends—including the best people to cook and drink with in the country—are our guides to the multi-faceted cuisine of this extraordinary place.

November 6-13, 2022

Day 1

Nov 6 Sun


  • Raya Heritage
  • 157 Don Kaeo, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand
  • +6653111670
  • Private transfer from CNX airport
  • Walk the grounds, relax in your en-suite plunge pool
  • Welcome drinks with Andy and Nathan at Raya Heritage
  • Dinner at the hotel with Chef Black and Bia of Blackitch Artisanal Kitchen

Day 2

Nov 7 Mon

Rice Forever

  • Raya Heritage
  • 157 Don Kaeo, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand
  • +6653298181
  • Leisurely stroll through the rice paddies of Samoeng to learn about the first building block of Thai cuisine 
  • Lunch at a khanom jiin rice noodle workshop, where Thailand’s only indigenous noodle is made
  • Private dinner in the rice barn at Baan Rai Yam Yen for an encyclopedia of northern Thai food culture


Day 3

Nov 8 Tue

The Bounty of the North

  • Raya Heritage
  • 157 Don Kaeo, Mae Rim District, Chiang Mai 50180, Thailand
  • +6653298181
  • Early morning market tour with breakfast of jok rice porridge, fresh hot soy milk, patanko crullers,  Sup Leuat Muu peppery pork and offal soup with herbs 
  • Visit a maker of Khanom, the charming, simple Thai sweets
  • Lunch at Khao Soi Islam, eating Pa Pa Sa and other signature dishes of Northern Thailand’s Muslim community
  • Coffee and chocolate with Lee Ayu and Jenny Jang at Akha Ama Living Factory
  • Big evening at Andy Ricker’s country home, drinking and cooking over a rice hay bonfire along with the team from Bolan Bangkok

Day 4

Nov 9 Wed

The Festival of Lights

  • Anantara Golden Triangle Resort
  • 229, Wiang, Chiang Saen District, Chiang Rai 57150, Thailand
  • +6653784084
  • Helicopter to Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp & Resort, a luxury tent camp that is one of Thailand’s only ethical elephant experiences
  • Stop at tea plantation with lessons on picking, drying and fermenting
  • Evening celebration of Loi Krathong, with food and drink and floating of lanterns and incense on the Ruak River  

Day 5

Nov 10 Thu

Akha Country, Akha Culture

  • Pa Sak Tong Villa, Chiang Rai
  • 15 Mae Kon, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
  • +66 52 020 647
  • Leisurely breakfast and morning with elephants, of course
  • Helicopter to Lee Ayu’s coffee plantation in Mae Chan for a field lunch of fresh, delicious, unique Akha cuisine
  • Helicopter to Chiang Rai, downtime in the old city, drinks at our compound at Pa Sak Tong
  • Dinner at Locus Native Food Lab, Michelin level Northern Thai dinner by Chef Kong, with natural wines and northern Thai genius

Day 6

Nov 11 Fri

The Ancient Capital

  • Pa Sak Tong Villa, Chiang Rai
  • 15 Mae Kon, Mueang Chiang Rai District, Chiang Rai 57000, Thailand
  • +66 52 020 647
  • Late wake-up and breakfast at the villa in Chiang Rai
  • Visit to the spectacular artist’s haven the White Temple
  • Lunch in Doi Mae Salong, old KMT redoubt, for Yunnan cuisine 
  • Private dinner of Isaan cuisine by legendary chef Num Sumuay of Samuay & Sons, Udon Thani

Day 7

Nov 12 Sat

To Bangkok and Beyond

  • Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
  • 48 Oriental Ave, Khwaeng Bang Rak, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
  • +6626599000
  • Short flight from Chiang Rai to Bangkok for the final hedonistic chapter
  • Bangkok river tour and happy hour on the water with our friends from Smiling Albino
  • Farewell dinner: Epic multi course meal at Michelin-starred Aksorn followed by forced drinking and mayhem with legendary chefs Prin Polsuk and David Thompson 

Day 8

Nov 13 Sun


  • Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)
  • Wake slowly, gingerly
  • Noon tea service in the iconic Authors Lounge
  • Private transfer to BKK for flight home


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