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Doi Chang (ดอยช้าง) is a mountain village in Mae Suai district in Chiang Rai province. It litterally means “Elephant mountain”. Chang means elephant. Doi is the Northern Thai word for mountain. It takes about one hour and 15 mins driving from Chiang Rai to Doi Chang. Doi Chang has become famous for its coffee. The Doi Chaang brand of coffee you can find everywhere in Northern Thailand. Doi Chaang Coffee is a social enterprise. In the past the area was characterized by shifting cultivation through slash and burn practices which unsustainable, destroying watersheds and brought poverty to the people. HRH King Bhumibol initiated a Royal Project which resulted in the foundation of Doi Chaang Coffee. Most of the people working on the coffee plantations are from the Akha tribe. Apart from Doi Chaang there are other coffee producers around this village, amongst others the Anebo brand from a Lisu headman. Apart from coffee the area around the village has a lot more to offer. Great place to spend the night and explore the environs.

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