In the villiage of Ban Komaen, Laos lies a tea plantation which some experts say is up to 400 years old, making it the oldest tea plantation in the world. The women of the Phounoy ethnic group, climb the trees to harvest the tea leaves. The roots of these old trees extend very deep into the soil and the natural minerals give ‘Phongsaly Tea’ a specific taste and smell.
You can explore remote and unspoiled Northern Laos where tiny villages line the rivers and rustic villages dot the rugged mountains. Try our 7-day “People and Nature of the North” tour and experience Oudomxai, a town of thatched roof houses which are home to different ethnic groups and the mysterious beauty of the misty mornings in the mountainside town of Phongsali. Travel downriver winding through towering limestone cliffs and enter into ancient caves filled with thousands of holy Buddha images.