Tead Off wrote:Thai Chinese and Dai are 2 different things. The Dai are an ethnic group in Yunnan, some probably migrated to Myanmar, Laos, & Thailand. But Thailand is the only one that doesn't share a border with China and to my knowledge, there are no native tea trees here. Thai Chinese would be somebody like yourself, a mainland Chinese who settles in Thailand. Many of these here, mostly Chao Zhou, and drinking imported teas and Northern Thai oolongs.
There is 1 shop that opened here last year that sell only Puerh tea. One day I visited the shop, walked in, and, there was no one there. I stood there browsing the teas for 15 minutes and no one came. I called out. Finally, I left.
Tead Off wrote:I have never seen Thai puerh. Never heard of it. That's not to say it doesn't exist. KMT farmers were more involved with opium production than tea after their exit from China. They needed money to fund their utopian dreams of counter revolution. It was the Taiwanese who helped them setup tea production in the 80's in conjunction with the Thai gov't as the pressure to give up opium farming was great and the chance of counter revolution was nil.