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Tea has been around for over 5,000 years. It’s believed that tea originated in China and spread throughout Asia and eventually gained popularity in the West.

Thai people have been familiar with tea for a long time as a food ingredient, not as a drink. They use wild tea leaves, known as “Bai Mieng” in Thai, in a variety of dishes, especially in northern cuisine.

The big scale tea cultivation started in Thailand in the early 1900s and proliferated in the last 10 years. Nowadays, there are several tea plantations in northern Thailand that offer tea plantation tours to tourists.

The tea plantation experience at Araksa Tea Plantation in Chiang Mai is Asian Oasis’s new addition of tour activities at Lisu Lodge. The tea growing site is, indeed, one of the oldest tea plantations in Thailand. The land is ideal for tea planting because of the air, its high elevation, the soil and water quality. Assam tea plants have been grown here for at least 40 years. They are now producing excellent tea leaves.

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Neglected for over 15 years, this plantation has a new owner who is committed to reviving and producing top quality tea by using natural process. Fortunately, these tea plants were not exposed to chemical pesticide or chemical fertilizer during the years of neglect. It is also the intention of the new developer to tap into this unique and sustainable ecosystem, which already exists in the plantation.

By introducing this new activity, Asian Oasis believes we are sharing with you a new experience of sustainable tourism. The new tea plantation tour will give our guests an understanding of cultural preservation, sustainable agriculture and healthy living, including a hands-on tea growing experience.

Our tea specialist will explain the different methods of tea growing process from the beginning. Guests will learn how to choose and pluck tea leaves. This also includes a demonstration of a traditional tea roasting process, practiced by tea farmers throughout Asia in ancient time.

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It involves roasting freshly plucked tea leaves in a hot iron wok, followed by and hand kneading them to remove excess water. They are then roasted again in the hot wok. This process is repeated until the tea leaves are dry and reach the perfect roasting level. As the farmer kneads and roasts the leaves, he will discard low quality leaves and stems, leaving only the best quality tea leaves.

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Roasted Green Tea has about 60% less caffeine than regular green tea. It is ideal for hot and cold drinks. Our guests at the plantation will have the opportunity to sample the hand-roasted green tea in our well–decorated tea house.

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We believe that this tour is a special oasis for tourists visiting Mae Tang area, which is known for outdoor activities such as trekking, cycling and white water rafting.

Come and enjoy the experience with a perfect cup of tea!