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400-year old Plantation in Phongsaly
The famous 400-year-old tea plantation is located about 18 kilometers away in the village of Ban Komaen, which according to some tea experts has some of the oldest tea trees in the world. The large root system of the old trees extends deep into the mineral-rich soil and gives ‘Phongsaly Tea’ its specific aroma and taste. The oldest trees stand 6 m high with a stem up to 30 cm in diameter. There are regularly cut and kept to a reasonable size by Phunoy people, climbing to pick the precious leaves. They then process and sell this rare tea in cigar-shaped tubes.

Ban Komaen makes an ideal 1-day excursion, the relatively flat road passing through more recent tea plantations and offering a stunning view on Phongsaly and surrounding mountains. In the village a newly built tea-tasting shop also serves some food and sells the 400-year-old tea. (It is recommended to ask at the Tourism Office whether it is necessary to order food in advance). Have a look to the temple and its characteristic Buddha statue with big ears.

Town map and mountain bikes to rent (50’000 kip/day) are available at the Tourism Office. We can also organize a tuk tuk for you (250’000 to 300’000 kip, dry season only). Motorcycles can be rent at Amazing Lao Travel. Visitors are asked to make a 5000 kip contribution to the village fund.



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