Growing sustainable tea in Chiang Mai
Are you one of those people that prefer tea over coffee and maybe you are looking to kill some time outside the city meanwhile learning more or everything about this ancient (tea has been around for 5000 years) and delicious product then a visit to Araksa tea plantation is just what you are looking for.
With a tea tour lasting for approximately 2 hours that will take you to the scenic Mae Tang district, you will learn everything about the local tea growing process in Chiang Mai. You can watch how the leaves are processed according to age-old traditions, learn how to pick tea leaves and at the tea roasting station you can witness the art of hand kneading tea leaves to roasting.
One of the oldest tea plantations in Chiang Mai
Araksa tea plantation is one of the oldest tea plantations in Thailand dating back to the 1970’s and Assam tea leaves have been growing here for minimum 40 years, but because the plantation has been abandoned for 15 years the tea plants here have not been exposed to fertilizers or chemical pesticides.
The land, however, was due to the quality of the soil, air, and water and thanks to it’s high elevation ideal for tea planting and therefore today is producing excellent tea leaves.
For Thai local people, tea is not only used as a drink but also as a food ingredient in a variety of dishes, wild tea leaves known as “bai mieng” is being used specifically in Northern-Thai dishes.
Roasted Green tea contains about 60% less caffeine than regular green tea and is ideal for cold and hot drinks as well as a food ingredient.
Participate in an ecological, sustainable tour
You can enjoy this hands-on tea growing experience by participating in an ecological, sustainable tour, meanwhile contributing to cultural preservation with Asian-Oasis tour company at Lisu lodge that will give you an understanding of sustainable agriculture, cultural preservation, and healthy living.
And of course, you get to enjoy and taste this worldwide popular drink hand picked and processed by yourself!
For more information and bookings:
Tel: +66 (0) 53 216 211
Fax: +66 (0) 53 216 212
Hours: 10.00am – 5.00pm
Activity sessions: 10.00am – 2.00pm
Duration of activity: approximately 2 hours
Take the Araksa tea Garden Tour
Upon arrival at the Araksa tea plantation, you will be greeted by the staff, who will explain the different processes and methods used to cultivate young tea plants in Northern Chiang Mai. After that, the tour leads you to the tea bushes where they will demonstrate you how to pluck tea leaves. You are welcome to join and a bamboo basket will be available for you.
Next is the roasting station, where a demonstration of the art of making tea by hand from kneading to roasting tea leaves will be held. When the tea roasting process is done, enjoy a cup of tea with delicious Thai snack.
Tour fee: 420 Baht/person
Nature Walk and Tea Garden Tour
This tea garden tour gives you more time to explore this unique tea garden on a scenic nature trail. With a view on the green Northern Chiang Mai hills, you are taken through a tree-lined path, passing green meadows and lovely waterways. The difficulty level of the route is moderate (1-hour walk). The tour also includes a visit at Araksa tea garden as described above, where you will learn more about the culture of tea growing in Chiang Mai, take part in the original tea picking process with hill tribe villagers and learn how to make high-quality tea in a traditional way from tea leaves to the teacup.
Tour fee: 1,100 Baht/person
Best time to visit Araksa tea plantation in Chiang Mai
It is better to avoid the hot season unless you stay inside from time to time and drink enough water. Needless to say, the rainy season in Chiang Mai can completely ruin the day, although if you are lucky, it is actually the best time probably. But sure avoid the pollution rich air in the months March/April. We enjoyed this tour in the cold season end of December, which was ideal.