The natural and cultural attractions make Chiang Rai famous all over the world. Chiang Rai also has become one of the best Arabica coffee growing regions in Thailand and the world. When smelling the freshly brewed coffee in your hand, close your eyes and imagine that you see the high mountains. When you open your eyes again, you are in the best coffee plantation.
Because of the first Arabica coffee seedling offered by King Rama IX and the disappearance of opium, at present, Doi Chang becomes well-known for cultivating and producing coffee beans which give a unique aroma. The Chiang Rai High Agricultural Research and Development Center, located at "Baan Doi Chang", Wawee Sub-district, Mae Saruay District, was established in 1985 at an altitude of 1,200-1,700 meters above sea level for developing the coffee plantations. With the appropriate slopes and temperature of this area, the research center succeeded in pushing Doi Chang to become a leading source of raw coffee. Here, you will learn a lot about coffee: visiting the coffee seedling nursery and rare coffee plant plots, seeing how coffee beans are dried and roasted, and tasting the freshly brewed coffee. You will also see how other crops and winter flowers are grown as well. In addition to the coffee plantations, Doi Chang has the breathtaking scenery. With the view of complex mountains, there is a valley in the middle where peaches and plums blossom in the winter. A simple lifestyle on the hillside blends Thai, Akha and Lisu people together. Visitors may choose to stay in several serviced residences or to camp at the research center, where you can also have a view of very beautiful morning sunrise on Doi Chang.
The Doi Tung Development Project on "Doi Tung", an initiative of the Royal Grandmother, is a leading source of Arabica coffee in Thailand. Currently, Arabica coffee from Doi Tung is certified as a GI from the European Union. The specialty of Arabica coffee plants from Doi Tung is that they are planted on an altitude of 1,200-1,400 meters above sea level, along with other trees that provide them shade, making Arabica coffee from Doi Tung have a unique flavor. During the sightseeing of the project, there will be staff to accompany you. If it is in the harvest season from December to February, you will have a chance to pick up the "Coffee Cherry" or ripe coffee beans. Throughout the winter, Doi Tung is covered with fog, and the beautiful grassland flowers are all over the mountain. The development of high-value coffee nowadays can help people in remote areas to have a better quality of life.