Forest Cafe: "Pancakes, Bags, Jewellery, Trekking and Laundry" Jinghong Restaurant Tip by mke1963
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The Forest Cafe, like Mei-Mei's opposite, is an institution in Jinghong. Owned solely by the charismatic Sarah, since she bought out her two original co-investors, it sits in the 'bacpacker centre' of the town.
Sarah's real interest lies in trekking and in studying the ethnic minorities in the region, and she is able to communicate with many of the different local groups.
The food at this 'hole in the wall' cafe takes a while to serve, because the kitchen is tiny. This gives plenty of time to talk to sarah about treks and tours. She is a mine of information about Xishuangbanna. If Sarah is not there, reading the menu provides a wealth of information instead.
She has a good library of books - some for exchange, some for reference.
She also sells some jewellery and handicrafts which come direct from Aini, Dai and Jinuo villages in the area. It's more fun to buy them direct though, by going with her on a trek.
Favorite Dish: The healthy breakfast, the porridge, the banana shake, the banana, orange and passionfruit shakes. We hear also that the burgers are legendary.
Comparison: least expensive
Directions: On the north side of the big roundabout
Price: less than US$10
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