Time Required : 1-2 hrs
Known for its world-class coffee that rates in the top 1% of coffees in the world, Doi Chang is a coffee plantation in northern Thailand - a hidden gem for coffee aficionados. Located close to Chiang Rai, not only is the coffee of the highest quality, but the business here is fair trade. A trip to Doi Chang includes wandering the coffee plantations, watching the stages of cultivation and processing, interacting with the Doi Chang farmers, and learning more about the coffee-making process at the Doi Chaang Coffee Academy, making these hills an ideal destination for anyone who enjoys a great cuppa.
Doi Chang was the brainchild of King Bhumibhol Adulyadej who wanted to reduce the cultivation of opium by the local Akha tribe and provided them with Arabica coffee beans instead. This led to the creation of the Doi Chaang Coffee Original Cooperative Limited and subsequently the Doi Chaang Coffee Academy in 2007. Today, through cooperation between the farmers and the Doi Chaang Coffee Original Cooperative Limited, Doi Chang hills boasts of over 11,000 acres of land at a cool altitude of 1,300 metres.