Tea Plantations in Thailand?

Not many people know that there is excellent tea grown in Thailand, especially Oolong tea. The Doi Mae Salong mountain in Chiang Rai province is one of Thailand’s highest – with 1800 meters.

But what makes it more special is the climate: temperatures drop deep at night and raise high during the day time – thus causing the tea plants to grow more slowly. And when tea plants grow more slowly, that has a positive effect on their aroma: more flavorful and sweet. Plus, there is a lot of fog and many clouds surrounding the mountains, which causes the tea leaves to absorb more moisture. The air is crisp, cool and refreshing all year round, and the annual temperature is around 25 degrees Celsius.

To get there, you can take a bus from Chiang Rai to Ban Basang (15 Baht). Once in Ban Basang, just get on a songtaew and drive to the mountain top (50 baht).

You will notice a strong Chinese influence there, and many Chinese families still live there. In fact, many still speak Chinese. There’s a historical reason for that. When in 1948 China was taken over by communists, the nationalists from Yunnan fled to this area.

A lot of tea is grown and harvested in around 1300 meters high.

There are 28,125 hectares of tea plantations in Mae Salong. The most popular tea is here is Taiwanese-style Oolong, grown by Chinese descendants.

Many of the tea bushes that grow here actually are imported from Taiwan, because the climatic conditions are very similar to those of Taiwan.

While the Oolong tea from Thailand can’t keep up with Taiwan’s premium quality, you get a lot better value for your money.

Delicious Thai Food

Can delicious food still be good for you? In Thailand, yes! Come to Thailand and experience a whole new world of healthy culinary delights! Visually breathtaking spreads of hundreds of authentic Thai side dishes and entres await you.

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With a personal culinary Bangkok tour guide, you can embark on adventures of taste and explore the world of yummy treats that Thailand has to offer.

Thailand Voted Best Place For Expats

HSBC has conducted a huge survey to find out where the best place in the world for expats is. The answer? Well… Thailand 🙂 Check it out for yourself.

The second report in HSBC’s annual Expat Explorer survey launched today! The report focuses on expats’ experiences of setting up in a new country of residence, integrating into local society as well as their quality of life in comparison to where they used to live.

Expats rated aspects such as entertainment, healthcare, work life balance and social life. This year’s findings revealed that Thailand comes on top when it comes to quality of life, followed by Canada- 2nd and Bahrain- 3rd.

You can read more about it here.

Thai Food Tour

The Inquirer has a great article from Norma O. Chikiamco about a Thai-Food trip that the author did last year through Thailand. Some of my personal favourites are:

Tamnanpar, a restaurant set in the midst of Rayong’s lush tropical forest. The restaurant is like a secret hideaway that seems to have sprouted by itself among the surrounding trees. The tables and chairs are made of polished wood, while the columns that hold up the roof are actually tree trunks. Swans glide gracefully on the ponds that act like a catch basin for the water winding down through a path of rocks.

I had eaten in this restaurant a few years back and was glad to discover that the food was still as good as I remembered it to be. The roasted duck was golden brown and crisp, and made more vibrant by a honey-flavored dip. The fresh prawns with a light curry sauce were cooked to perfect doneness, and for dessert there were sweet, juicy pineapples, star fruits, dragon fruits and bananas the color of morning sunlight.

That makes me want to try it next time I’m in Rayong!

He also mentions what he calls a “Disneyland of Fruits”:

The fruits came from the nearby Suphattra Land, a 380-acre plantation that one might well describe as the Disneyland of fruits. Here we were taken on a tram ride past 28 kinds of fruit trees, such as the spiky dragon fruit, passion fruit entwined on a trellis and large rose apples, or what we know as macopa.

I’d definitely like to go on a ride with that train 🙂 Specially since the passengers also get served an “all you can eat” fruit buffet.

He finishes by writing about the Or-tor-Kor market, where he experienced yet another abundance of fruits, although this time amidst a city-setting.

Fixed Bikes Bangkok

There are so many cool people in Bangkok that do all kinds of cool stuff. Just for example, check out this fixed gear freak performing tricks with his fixed gear bike.

It’s not what most people think of when they think of Bangkok. But you have to remember that it’s a city of about 11 million people (the inofficial estimates go much higher than the officially counted), it’s modern, it’s alive and vibrating, and there are all kinds of subcultures.

Video Journey Through Thailand

Here’s a complete series of Thailand Trip Videos of a special kind…


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Sukhothai video

Here’s a video from Sukhothai, Thailands first real capital. It was here that the kingdom of Thailand really got started, and it was here that the great King Ramkamhaeng created the Thai alphabet.

You can still walk around this place and look at the ancient ruins. Here’s a video that will give you a short impression of what it’s like there.


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