Thai Nguyen, the cradle of Vietnamese green tea

06:00 | 15/11/2020 Culture & Tourism

(VEN) - Located about a two-hour-car-drive from or some 75km north of the capital Hanoi, the northeastern province of Thai Nguyen is the primary tea growing region of Vietnam and is famous for its high quality green tea products.

thai nguyen the cradle of vietnamese green tea
thai nguyen the cradle of vietnamese green tea

The province boasts mountainous terrain, rivers and tea plantations. It is Vietnam’s largest producer of high quality green tea. The tea from Thai Nguyen is shipped both domestically and abroad.

Tea plantations total more than 22,000 hectares of land in the province, producing an annual average of 220,000 tonnes of fresh tea leaves.

Tan Cuong Commune is the most famous and biggest green tee production center in Thai Nguyen. It is located in the midland mountainous area with red-brown soil and many narrow and flat valleys well suited for tea trees. Formed mainly on the foundation of ferallitic acid magma and alluvium sand stone, the soil there is slightly acrid giving the tea a unique taste, which cannot be found in any other place.

thai nguyen the cradle of vietnamese green tea
thai nguyen the cradle of vietnamese green tea

Tan Cuong green tea is one of only two in the country that has been awarded Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) by the Vietnamese government. The PGI classification is limited to a handful of communes around Tan Cuong.

Thai Nguyen is a great place to add to a Vietnam trip itinerary whether for tea aficionados or those seeking a break from crowded Hanoi. There is much to do in this scenic province, including stops at local tea growing plantations, a bike ride, lunch with local tea farmers, a demonstration of the tea making process, a visit to a tea museum, and about a dozen cups of the local green tea.

thai nguyen the cradle of vietnamese green tea

Drinking tea in Vietnam, like many Asian countries, has a very long history and is deeply embedded within local culture. While coffee is now a popular drink (particularly among Vietnamese youth) and coffee shops are springing up all over Vietnam, most Vietnamese still drink tea on a daily basis and it remains the most common beverage drunk at home.

Pham Tiep