The Araksa Tea Garden is a beautiful plantation located on a hill in the Mae Tang District, Chingmai. Spanning across 45 hectares (111 acres), the average elevation of the estate is 550 meters, or 1800 feet above sea level. Famous for producing Camellia Sinensis Assamica tea bushes, it boasts of tea bushes 40 to 70 years old.
Founded in 1939, it was among the first tea factories established in Thailand. In 1941, it spanned for only 20 hectares (50 acres) and yet, started flourishing in the Assamica tea business. The garden ownership changed hands after a few years, experiencing no maintenance for over a period of two decades. In 2014, the current owners took over, restoring it back to its glory days.
Due to the lengthy absence of any care, together with the environmental farming practises adopted by the current hierarchy, the tea bushes had been bereft of any chemical exposure for decades. The Araksa Tea garden produces extremely high-quality tea, owing to a combination of various external factors coming into play - elevation of the garden, the filtered mountain valley water supply and fertile topsoil. Also, the garden is currently going for USDA Organic and EU Organic certifications.
Currently, the Araksa Tea Garden produces a lush variety of tea- namely green tea, white tea, black tea, and herbal variants like butterfly and lemongrass.
The Araksa Tea Garden also focuses on the social responsibility towards the local community. They heavily invest in raw local materials, aiding local farmers and businesses, and providing employment and training opportunities for them. Their Agritourism Sustainable philosophy is extremely unique, offering equal opportunities to their employees, who are rewarded based on skill, performance and responsibility. Through the Himmapaan Foundation, they also sponsor teachers in nearby remote mountainous areas to promote rural education.
The best way to experience Araksa Tea Garden is to acquire their half-day tour, which is generally available in separate morning and afternoon shifts. The Araksa Tea Garden also offers guided, hands-on tours of the estate, demonstrating the growth and harvesting procedures. According to Klook, You can:
With a population of 170,000 Ching Mai is the hub in Northern Thailand. It is quitter and greener than the capital with a cosmopolitan air, earning the title of “rose of the north”. The Araksa Tea Plantation is the crown jewel of the region, which definitely deserves to be explored. So, if you fancy a nice cup of tea within the midst of nature, Thailand should be on your destination list.
Time for a Tea break!