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Herb Basics


The other day I was browsing  Tha Pae Road on my bike and decided to pop in to Herb Basics shop. I’ve never been there before, although I frequently see their other outlet on Sunday Walking Street and it’s always busy with Thais and farangs alike.

I got curious when one of my friends mentioned that he always buys Herb Basics mosquito repellents to take them back home every time he is in Thailand. So it seems it’s not only repelling Thai mosquitoes but the farang ones too. He also spoke well about this shop’s various soaps and their high quality.

So I went there. Nice and cool environment, dark panelled wood everywhere and very natural rustic packaging. I learned later, that this passion for natural remedies and herbs was started by the owner’s mother Umpawan Chutima who is a member of a northern cooperative dedicated to Thai herbs and medicines.

Khun Umpawan has a flourishing herbal garden on the 18 rai family plot in Hang Dong. Her daughter Arunee (Dawn) got infected with this passion, and now manages Herb Basics which sells the produce from this herbal garden.

All the products here are either handmade or finished by hand. Most of them are 100% natural, the chemicals are only used when absolutely necessary.

This is a delightful shop full of great fragrances and original ideas. It’s full of hair and bath products, aromatherapy oils, perfumes, soaps and other interesting products, which on my opinion are one of the best and lightest on the pocket gifts and souvenirs if you prefer to stay away from the snowballs and fridge magnets and buy something practical for your friends and family (although some would argue that fridge magnets are very useful!).

Some of Herb Basics Thai remedies is an absolute must have for the travellers in Thailand or other hot countries.

I mentioned already mosquitoes and other insects repellent which comes as a balm or a roll-on active for up to 3 hours. Plus it can be used to relieve the itchiness of the bite, which is usually a pain in the backside, especially when it’s hot, and you’re trying to sleep..

They have lovely soothing balms and gels relieving muscle aches and pains and having anti-inflammatory properties (think of all the walking you do while shopping).

A refreshing  souvenir or  a keepsake for yourself is Scent of Chiang Mai – which has a flavour for winter, spring and summer but also for morning, evening, night and rain, so I guess if you’re feeling nostalgic sitting in your office somewhere in Europe, just spray the room and you are back to Chiang Mai.

Their yogurt soaps look tantalising as well – beautiful wrapping and colouring and a variety of flavours – apple, cherry, avocado, orange, melon, green tea, peach, strawberry, peppermint and of course plain yogurt . Apparently these soaps have natural antibacterial and antifungal properties, so throw away your Dettol and other big manufacturers’ soaps and start using something that doesn’t empower huge corporations even more, ha-ha, I better stop more anti-globalist talk.

I got fascinated as well by the idea of 2 different ways of get rid of bad odours.

The first is a piece of charcoal. Apparently you leave it on the dry surface in the kitchen or in the toilet (or wherever you think it smells bad), and voila, it will absorb the bad odours.

The second is a pillow full of green tea leaves which works in the same way. Both of them work well for 3 months, then you leave them for few hours in the sun, and they figuratively speaking recharge their batteries and are ready to serve again.

There is also a large enough green tea leaves pillow for your head. No, not for the smell!  It supposed to cool down your head and aid sleeping, which I know is a problem in hot countries like Thailand.

There are more ideas you can check out online

You can also order products with very little hustle on their website (surprising for Thailand, I know). The prices are very moderate so you’ll get a lot for your money.


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       ited in mid-town, Wat Phra That Hariphunchai was built during the reign of King Arthitayarat, a descendant of Queen Chamthewi some 800 years ago.A principal landmark is the 46-metre tall golden Chedi which contains a hair of the Lord Buddha, having nine-tiered umbrella, made of gold weighing approximately 6,498.75 grams...

Chiang Rai

      on the bank of the Kok River within town area, contains what is believed to be the oldest Holy Relic even before King Mengrai built Chiang Rai. Doi Chom Thong has been a sacred site for aextremely long time. The site was surely reverenced as the home of local spirits before Buddhism arrived in the area.

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