Trip Description & Day-by-day Itinerary
Suan Lahu Day Tour from Chiang Mai is a private tour to a unique coffee plantation, north of Chiang Mai. Lahu tribal people run Suan Lahu, an organic coffee plantation. You will learn everything about growing organic coffee. You will taste this delicious coffee, help out at the farm and visit the Lahu village where most of the workers come from. You will learn about Lahu culture and history. A wonderful and enriching day in the mountains of Northern Thailand.
Our driver will meet you at your hotel at 0800. Today you will visit the organic coffee farm Suan Lahu. You will drive past Doi Saket and onwards to the Mae Kachan Hot Springs. Just before the hot springs we will turn right and head into the mountains toward Chaesorn National Park. We have time for photostops 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. A local Lahu guide will take 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. 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 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. End of the program.