Tea leaves are picked by up to 400 year old tea trees, standing 6 m high with a stem up to 30 cm in diameter.
Farthest north in Laos is Phongsali, which shares borders with Yunnan (China) and Dien Bien (Vietnam). Most of Phongsali province lies at a high altitude. Its capital, Phongsali town, is the highest city in Lao P.D.R. at 1400 m above sea level. Up there the climate is pleasant and refreshing - a perfect trekking destination! The forests of Phongsali are the most remote in northern Laos covering the endless mountains down to the canyon of the Nam Ou River, biggest tributary of the Mekong. The population is made up of officially 28 different ethnic groups, of which the majority being Khmu, Phunoy, different Akha, Tai Lue and Hor.
Chinese-style green tea of Phongsali receives worldwide recognition for its highest quality and superb taste. Tea leaves are picked by Phunoy minority women from up to 400 year old tea trees, standing 6 m high with a stem up to 30 cm in diameter. These precious tea leaves are compressed in bamboo cylinders and sold in cigar-shaped tubes. In this wild tea grove fertilizers and chemicals have never been used. Drinking a daily cup keeps the body in good health, reduces fat and preserves a clear mind.