CHIANG RAI – Nestled on an intricate mountain range in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai are Pha Mi and Pha Hi villages, inhabited by Thais hill tribes of Akha ethnicity.
Formerly, these villages were part of Thailand’s largest opium growing area. But since King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s visit to these villages in 1970, all the opium plantations have been transformed into coffee plantations.
Located at an altitude of 1,200 metres above sea level, Pha Mi and Pha Hi villages are ideal for the cultivation of high-quality Arabica berries. To conserve the environment, local growers plant their coffee together with other native trees. Anyone visiting the villages during the coffee harvest season, which is in December, can relish the rich Arabica aroma that fills the entire valley.
Besides the reputation and pride as coffee-growing communities, Pha Mi and Pha Hi villages also offer a range of other attractions. A nature trail winding through the fertile forest is a perfect challenge to adventurers seeking a close experience with nature.
About “The Seasons”
“The Seasons Episode 4: Gone in the Mist” is part of the 12- episode travel documentary series that reveal the untold stories of the unique way of life of the Thai people and the amazing scenery of natural attractions in different regions. There are four episodes for each of the three seasons that Thailand has in a year: rainy, cool and summer.
“The Seasons” follows the TAT Newsroom’s inaugural seven-part travel documentary series, titled ‘Insight Thainess’, to promote Thai values through the country’s unique way of life.
To view the previous episodes, please log on to: TAT Newsroom’s Thai Travel VDOs.