From Bangkok, we flew up north to Chaingmai and drove up the mountain to Angkhang. It is a border small village between Thailand and Myanmar (Burma) with an elevation of 1928 m. (6325 ft.) above the sea level. The area is called "Little Switzerland of Thailand" due to cool climate and mountain scenery. It was not easy to go up there with lots of 120 degrees turns.
We visited a tea plantation and tasted our tea to make sure they are high quality. After I tasted their Oolong, I felt in love with it. It was very smooth, no bitterness, and its aroma is like a flower. Moreover, I trusted the tea from this area because it is under the the Royal King Foundation. This Oolong tea is Thailand's certified organic as you can notice some dark spots on tea leaves at the tea farm (picture above).
A little history about the Royal King Foundation was that King Bhumibol Adulyadej was visiting the area in 1969 and noticed a lot of Opium growing by hill tribes back then. He purchased the land and set it up as the first research for agriculture. He turned the Opium village then to a beautiful fruit, vegetable and tea farms as we see today.
There is no more Opium growing in the area- if that what you are curious about.
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