Apparently, the drive to produce tea is influenced by the migrating hill tribes but more so by highly educated, entrepreneurial Thais. Even the Thai government has given support to these new exciting ventures as evidence from a Thai anniversary puerh cake that commemorated the kings 60th year of rule in 2006 that one had stumbled upon.
It was the only Thai puerh cake one came across, apparently a first time attempt. Almost all the tea produced in Thailand is organic oolong, produced by cutting edge machinery, not by hand. These teas are marketed to well-to-do Thais (and foreigners) who perhaps are looking for an alternative to the famous, sugary, traditional concoction of Thai tea.
One never got a chance to try the tea nor go up North to see the plantations and production facilities. This left one quite curious about tea produced in Thailand. Do you readers have any experiences with tea from Thailand?