Roses are red…or are they? On Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d share these glorious green “roses” that are all the rage in Thailand, where I’ve just spent a wonderful week.
Made from pandan leaves, they popped up several times during my stay. On arrival at Koh Yao Yai Village, a resort on an island between Phuket and Krabi in southern Thailand a garland was strung around my wrist in welcome. At the end of it, were three of these lovely hand-made “roses”.
In my room – or rather, the 73 square metre bungalow that I had all to myself – more roses awaited on the king-size bed. All the Thai folk art that adorns the resort’s accommodation is hand-made by the islanders, and the roses are no exception.
When I headed to the Kao Spa for a massage (using oils and local herbs), a bouquet of pandan roses was part of a display in the reception area.
These roses have everything going for them. Natural, affordable, eco-friendly and original. I’d love to have brought some home with me, but I don’t think the Customs officials would have approved! Instead, I have to be content with these photographs.
Happy Valentine’s Day. May your day be filled with love.