TAT Newsroom Short Documentary
The Seasons Episode 3: Gone in the Mist
Theme: Local Village
Duration 3 minutes
Location: Doi Pha Mi, Chiang Rai
Nestled on an intricate mountain range in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai are Pha Mi and Pha Hi villages, inhabited by hill tribe Thais 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.