Rice terraces in Thailand

Rice terraces are known from countries like Indonesia and the Philippines. Thailand is lesser known for growing rice in terraces on the slopes of hills.

The most famous place with rice terraces in Thailand is Ban Pa Pong Pian บ้านป่าบงเปียง (sometimes spelt as Pa Pong Pieng or Ban Pabongpiang ), Mae Chaem district in Chiang Mai province. It is located in the mountains on the western side of Doi Inthanon national park in the proximity of Chiang Mai city. Rice fields are very beautiful (green) during the rain season. Please be warned that the unpaved roads on the county side may turn in a big muddy and slippery affair. Bringing a vehicle that can handle these though conditions is recommended. Due to it’s remote location it is a great option to experience off-the-beaten path Chiang Mai, and its full natural beauty away from the tourist crowds.

Accommodation in Ban Pa Pong Piang
Due to its remote location in the mountains Pa Pong Piang has limited accommodation options. There are only a few guesthouses to choose from, all offering the same standard of accommodation. This means; a basic room in a bamboo house, simple bedding on the floor, hopefully a mosquito net, no electricity or only limited through solar panels, shared showers etc. Meals are usually provided by the guesthouse.

Most guesthouses only have their name spelled in Thai alphabet. Usually they have a Facebook page instead of their own website. A good way to find out where they are located and what their contact details are is by zooming in on Google maps. This is the link to Pabonpiang viewpoint.

Weerasuk Homestay
วีรศักดิ์ โฮมสเตย์
Google Maps

Le Kor Thi View Homstay
เลข่อทิวิว โฮมสเตย์
Google Maps

Baan Rabiang Na
Google Maps

Mashipo Pabongpieng
มาฉิโพ ป่าบงเปียง
Google Maps

Baan Thay Na
Google Maps

Monna Pabongpiang Homestay
ม่อนนาป่าบงเปียง โฮมสเตย์
Google Maps

Baan Pak Nong Nam Phu (Nong Nam Phu Residence)
Google Maps


More info:
www.gowithampth.com (Thai language)
www.chailaibackpacker.com (Thai language)

Coffee culture in Thailand

Royal Projects
The relatively cool mountains in the north of Thailand (close to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai) are very suitable for coffee and tea production. The royal family launched several projects to support the hill tribes who lived in these mountains. One of the things was the introduction of coffee growing as a replacement for the opium growing. The small coffee farms try to focus on the production of high quality (single estate) coffees rather than big volumes of cheaper blend coffees. Some brands are Doi Tung, Phu kha, Doi Chaang, Nacha Coffee and Akha Ama.

Royal Project Coffee as sold in Royal Project product shops across Thailand. Source: www.thaiorganiccoffee.com

More info about Thai Royal Projects
Travel review by Mark Wiens: Doi Chaang – How To Visit Thailand’s Coffee Paradise.
Travel report: Coffee Journey: A tour to a remote coffee village in Thailand.

Coffee shops
Coffee shops in Thailand can be found in all sizes and shapes. From simple street vendors to luxury bakeries with a shady garden. One of the biggest Thai coffee shop chains is Black Canyon Coffee. Besides coffee you can also buy food here. When you are exhausted from the heat, look around for a shop with a glass front window and door. This is very often a coffee shop with air conditioning inside ! Sometimes you can also recognize coffee shops by the drying of used coffee powder outside the shop. This is used as a natural skin scrubbing agent. Especially in the smaller streets (sois) this can be seen.

Top 5 Specialty Coffee Shops to Visit in Thailand.
Best little coffee shops in thailand.
The 8 best coffee shops in Bangkok
7 excellent coffee places outside Chang Mai’s old town

Picture source: GRAPH CAFÉ in Chiang Mai.

Iced coffee
Iced coffees in Thailand are usually prepared with condensed milk and a lot of sugar. It is so popular that there is even a page about it on Wikipedia. Pailin “Pai” Chongchitnant from www.hot-thai-kitchen.com shows how you can prepare these coffees by yourself.

Canned and instant coffee from the 7-Eleven supermarket
In every supermarket from 7-Eleven you can buy instant coffee and canned ice coffee. Usually it comes with milk and lots of sugar.

Canned ice coffee. Source: Tripque

More information:
Coffee culture in Thailand blog by www.gogoflorist.com