Does anyone know how to get to coffeeplantations in Laos (and cambodia)? Are there anymore than the one on the Bolaven plateau? How do I get there?
#1 kaffecalle has been a member since 8/9/2007. Posts: 3
A good spot to start is Delta Coffee in Pakse -- I've heard they can facilitate trips up to the plantations. Outside of the Bolaven Plateau though I'm not sure. In Cambodia, most of the coffee comes from Mondulkiri and Rattanakiri, but I don't know exactly where -- would suggest asking around in the provincial capitals...
Sorry can't be of more help.
#2 somtam2000 has been a member since 21/1/2004. Location: Indonesia. Posts: 7,789
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The Bolavens Plateau is the place to go for coffee plantations. There are many coffee plantations there. You can arrange a tour of the plateau thru any of the many travel agencys in Pakxe. Or you can rent a car or scooter and go on your own & see what you see. You could also ask any tuk-tuk driver in Pakxe to take you on a tour. Paksong market is full of coffee vendors. Pahsoume is one of the most lovely waterfalls I have ever seen...there is a restaurant there where you can sit by the falls & sip the best iced coffee ever. Villagers all around the plateau have coffee beans drying in front of their homes. Delta coffee in Pakxe no longer arranges tours, but I'm sure they could give you some good information. If you like coffee, you'll love the Bolavens Plateau. We've got pictures up at www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/not-in-ks-anymo-Toto if you want to see some (look under Bolavens Plateau). Also you could go to Tad Lo & talk to Soulideth at Tim's guest house. He could fix you up with a good guide. Best wishes on your trip...wish I was going along.
#3 comanchero has been a member since 8/12/2006. Posts: 3
Thank you for your tips! We're going there in two weeks now. Will report how it went!
#4 kaffecalle has been a member since 8/9/2007. Posts: 3
Go to Pakse and go to the only disco in town, cant remember off the top of my head the name, but there is a really nice family who own it. They will show you all the plantations. They took me for free and the daughters English is perfect - studied in US for years.
Does anybody know if it is possible to buy green (unroasted) coffee beens in luggage-friendly quantities (i.e. 1-2kg) on the Plateau or in Pakxe, and if it is legal to import them into Thailand? (I know it is legal to import from Thailand to the EU in this quantity but I have to travel through Thailand so I have to make sure they don't confiscate it there.) I've heard that the Lao coffee is actually quite good but never was able to find any in shops.
#6 oliverb has been a member since 27/8/2007. Posts: 2
I've just learned they grow arabica in Luang Prabang. Go see a place by mekong a bit north of center called Saffron Coffee. They make good coffee and they can probably help setting up a trip to one of the villages where the coffee is grown. I won't have time to do the trip myself. But i'm going down to Pakse:bolaven plateau tomorow so i'm not too sad.
Does anyone know if greenbeans can be brought from thai to Australia? Or is the import laws too strict?
#7 kaffecalle has been a member since 8/9/2007. Posts: 3