Chiang Mai: Organic Coffee Tour at Suan Lahu
Our guide and driver will meet you at your hotel at 0800 for your Chiang Mai Coffee Tour. Today you will visit the organic coffee plantation Suan Lahu. You will learn everything about growing and roasting organic coffee. Ofcourse you will also taste the delicious coffee of Suan Lahu.
You will drive to Doi Saket. We will leave the main road and head into the mountains towards Chaesorn National Park. We have time for photo stops at one of the flower nurseries. After arrival at Suan Lahu you will be received by your native hosts, who will brief you on Suan Lahu and on organic coffee growing. The people working at Suan Lahu are almost exclusively people from the Lahu ethnic minority who live in a nearby village. You can read more about the Lahu people here.
A Lahu coffee worker will guide you around the 80 rai (12 hectares) coffee plantation of which 60 are planted with Arabica coffee and fruit trees. Forest makes up for the remaining 20 rai. Views are amazing. Having seen lychee, lemon and avocado trees, amongst others, you will have time to engage your first volunteer activity. There are a number of seasonal activities possible at the farm, ranging from taking care of farm animals (pigs and chicken), freeing the plants from strangulating vines, to grading, roasting, and harvesting the coffee beans. This will keep you busy until lunch time. Enjoy a vegetarian, home-made lunch prepared by your Lahu hosts.
After lunch you will visit the nearby Lahu Sheleh community. A sub-group of the Black Lahu, they are an ethnic minority originating from the Tibet/China border area. We will show you some old pictures of the Lahu from yesteryear and show you around Doi Mod, the community located next to the organic coffee farm. After this we will head back to the farm for the afternoon’s activity which can be one of your own choosing. You can join local villagers working at the farm on a seasonal basis, or support Suan Lahu project founders in their natural and cultural restoration activities. At around 16:00 you will say goodbye to your hosts after an active, educational and fun day full interesting activities, fresh air, healthy food, and most delicious coffee. Drive back to Chiang Mai. The end of your Chiang Mai Coffee Tour.
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