Inhale the Fresh Aroma of Quality Oolong Tea amidst a View Rivaling That of Switzerland with the All New Pajero sport
Amazing Road Trips with All New Pajero sport is still at Doi Mae Salong in Chiang Rai Province. We’ve teased you in our last episode about the superb quality of the Oolong tea grown here and the tea brewing technique of the Chinese migrants that is different from the Thai way of making tea. What can rival sipping hot and aromatic tea amidst the cool breeze and a view rivaling that of Switzerland? This is all available on Doi Mae Salong.
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The Chinese settlement on Doi Mae Salong grow tea as a main staple, particularly Oolong tea. Oolong means black dragon in Chinese and is China’s leading tea, hailing from Fujian Province. Oolong tea is deep red in color and is very aromatic. It drinks well but the taste is blander than green tea. Moreover, Oolong tea absorbs fat well and can help with weight control. With such exceptional qualities, why wait any longer? Let’s go taste some quality Oolong tea at the Wang Put Tan tea plantation! The plantation itself is eye-catching with a pair of gigantic silver and gold lion statues at the entrance and huge teapots placed in 4 directions. What’s more special is that these teapots can actually float! Wang Put Tan’s tea is all organic and have been certified by the US Department of Agriculture. Their tea has also won numerous awards and accolades from the Thai Department of Agricultural Extension, OTOP standardization, and more so you can rest assure about the quality.
Another spot that is a must-see is Ta Ton Temple, which is the main temple of Mae Eye District in Chiang Mai Province. With its location on a hill, the view is amazing. Ta Ton Temple is believed to have been built since 940 when famous monk Khru Ba Srivichai passed through the area. He informed locals of the existence of the Buddha’s relics on the mountain. Once villagers cleared out the area, they found it and asked the monk to help restore the relics but he invited another monk Khru Bakaew Kavichai to do it instead. The Ta Ton Temple was then built to house the relics. The temple has 9 levels with level 1 being a school, a pavilion, and location of the Kuanyin goddess statue. From this level, the Kok River is visible. The second level is the main building while the third level houses a white Buddha statue. The fourth level has another Buddha statue with a meditation hall at the base. Bees have nested on the statue, which is believed to be a symbol of auspiciousness. The fifth level houses monks’ dwellings while the sixth and seventh levels contain guest rooms, a conference hall, and a meditation hall. The eighth level has a 3-level glass chedi housing the Buddha’s relics which is very stunning at night when spotlights are turned on. The ninth level of the temple is very difficult to get to because you need to hike over 2 hills and it’s not advised to hike at night. This level houses a Buddha statue holding an alms bowl which is nicknamed ‘never go hungry Buddha.’
Fun in the Sun
- At Wang Put Tan tea plantation, don’t miss taking pictures with the various stunning landmarks around the area. It’s guaranteed to be fun.
- And you definitely should not miss sampling the superb Oolong tea, as well as have a look at tea picking. Apart from tea, the plantation also imports tea making paraphernalia from Taiwan for sale.
- At Ta Ton Temple, apart from paying respect to the Buddha statues, do leave enough time to walk around and take in the beautiful scenery.
- Wang Put Tan tea plantation has accommodations available but because they are limited, do book well in advance so you don’t miss out on staying there.
- Tea leave picking may not be available for viewing every day so do check in advance when it is available.
- Ta Ton Temple also has accommodations available. Rooms are nicely appointed and clean but once again, you need to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
How to Get There
Wang Put Tan tea plantation is located close to the Mae Salong agricultural tourism destination. There are signs periodically so you’re sure not to miss it. To go to Ta Ton Temple, use Highway 107 through Mae Rim, Chiang Dao, Chaiprakarn, Fang, and Mae Eye for 175 kilometers. The entrance to the temple will be on the left and you’ll see a huge archway at the entrance to the temple. The road uphill is paved but is steep and winding along the mountain.
Safe Driving Tips
For more information, please contact
Chiang Rai Tourism Authority of Thailand Office
Areas of Jurisdiction: Chiang Rai, Payao
448/16 Singhaklai Road, Muang District, Chiang Rai 57000
Tel: 0 5371 7433, 0 5374 4674-5
Fax: 0 5371 7434