In the Jungle section of the resort, other trees are producing sweet-smelling flowers. There are Ylang-Ylang trees in full bloom. These have unremarkable looking yellow flowers that are so fragrant they can stop a passerby in her track. Hence the local name “Sao Yut,” which translates roughly to ‘Women stop.
In front of each house, Wrightia Religiosa shrubs perfume the air, and other flowering trees pop up at random. Some of these drop tiny white flowers, others drop large yellow petals from on high.
High above our Riverside restaurant, a species of Mango relative, known as “Ma-Bling,” casts the thatched roof in shadow. During the Thai dry season, this massive tree sends wonderfully tart and sweet fruits tumbling to the ground. These fruits are collected by our kitchen staff and blended into Ma-Bling smoothies!