August 2018

Sunday Lunch Run to Tune-In Garden,
former home of renowned Thai author Rong Wongsawan
Sunday 26th August

Some 30 people and one quite young lady met at our usual starting point our trips, Origin café where Alain, Saya and their staff were kept busy with orders for coffees, snacks and, in some cases, hearty breakfasts whilst we were preparing for the trip to Tune In, the former home of renowned Thai author Rong Wongsavun. He lived and worked in a beautiful location and after his death in 2009 his wife, Sumalee, created the Restaurant which is now the centrepiece of the garden estate.

We left Origin promptly at 11.15 and made our way south and onto the Samoeng Loop, heading up into the hills on an overcast but warm morning. As we followed the road upwards the cars engines enjoyed the cooler atmosphere and we had time to look around and spot the latest developments and attractions on this very scenic route, making brief pauses at the hilltop lookout over the Samoeng Forest and then a few minutes later we turned off the major road and followed the rural sois to our destination, set on a verdant hillside and with views over the hills from the restaurant located by the Koi Ponds.

Our lovely old cars filled the car park and everyone positioned themselves to ensure that the we could make a safe and convenient exit when our lunch was over.

The menu, chosen by members Steve P and his wife Goong, was both extensive and delicious and everyone took full advantage of what was on offer, as well as sampling the beverages provided by Steve to accompany the meal.

It seemed to be a gradual withdrawal as folk left their places at table and wandered amongst the plants and pathways to return to their transport and home.

It was particularly gratifying to hear one member say that they felt ‘very happy’ to have had the privilege of making this trip to such a wonderful spot!

Our thanks go to the organisers Steve & Goong for giving us such an unusual experience.