We just received some drone shots from our property and it makes it easier to understand and see our location:
We want a lot more trees on our land to give shade in the hot season so we went to Mae On for some research:
Google made an update to their satellite images in Google maps. Now clearly showing our fresh earth fill:(under the blue marker
Google has renewed the sattelite image, it now includes our green land and the neighbourse buildings. It must be less than a year old . Bit higher resolution too.
Our co-ordinates: 18.777922, 98.860043
And just a few weeks later we need more help......
John and Pom (our neighbors) send some pictures how the jungle from our land is creeping into theirs. Lucky enough they also helped us finding someone who will take care of the property and avoid the jungle taking over places.
For comparison, two pictures from a few months ago (April)
We just got some pictures in. Clearly the raining season was good for the plants......
Onlu a short time after the land raise green is taking over again
The order for raising the land was given. Due to the small road we will only be able to use small trucks to deliver the earth. Calculated amount somewhere between 85 to 120 trucks needed.
We will also need to reshape some of the earth walls on the sides. Hopefully it will give some extra earth. Just about 30 cm off levelling will take about a week of work.
and here is the result:
Thanks to the help of the family we got the land transferred to our name. 5 years of land searching, 3 years of dreaming about this piece and it finally became reality. Thanks to the low exchange rate of the baht compared to last year is was also worth the wait.
Next step will be to raise the land so the water doesn't transform it to a pool in the rainy season. Our land can only be reached by small trucks which makes it more time consuming. Tomorrow a construction company will take a look and make a quote.
Pictures of the land when we just bought it. Clearly someone has been digging up the land which we will need to fill it again to avoid living in a bath tub. Two sides mountain, one neighbour and a small dead end street.
Our property is close to Chiangmai in the north of Thailand. About 25 km over a 2 lane road up into the mountains, then through the gate (picture 2) down a narrow path through the village. All the way at the end we bought the piece on the left side. The little white holiday house is next to it and belongs to an Englishman. The total space is about 1600m2 with high hills around it on two sides.
Our water comes from the mountain river and electricity is already there. The village is in the middle of a nature area. Well protected and next to us is a (Royal) private monastery. Nothing else than 2 rivers and mountains in the area. The airport is close by and on the same side of the city but the big Doi Suthep mountain is in between, so no noise or pollution there. There are no big shops in the area but it is a touristic road, with resorts, little restaurants, strawberry fields and fruit stalls. A few kilometers up the road there are some tribes living that do elephant trekkings and they wash there elephants everyday around 13:00 in the river. Ever been swimming with 20 elephants?
In the village it is a mix of rich Thais with big villa's, holiday homes and a lot of mixed couples. All people that come there for nature and quietness. Most houses are build 'Lana' style. Big overhanging roofs and small windows to keep the house cool. Lots of dark wood too. Since our property is almost the whole day in the shade of the hills and trees around it (we only get sunrise sun straight into the house), we plan to build far more open. We will try to integrate inside and outside more like you see on the "Mood" pictures we are collecting.
One floor, probably in an U shape. And yes we plan to build two guest rooms so you are always welcome there.
More info will be added here later.