Maeng Da comes in many veins, and it is also marketed with two different primary strain names: Maeng Da Thai and simply Maeng Da. It’s important to note that the addition of “Thai” by some vendors is primarily a marketing method that’s meant to capture the attention of Thai Kratom enthusiasts.
The name suggests that Maeng Da Thai would be grown in Thailand. And that’s exactly what many vendors claim. However, Kratom was illegal for 76 years in Thailand until 2019, and it’s still not being exported from that country. Instead, the Maeng Da plant that probably originated in Thailand is now grown exclusively on Indonesia’s first legal Kratom plantation.
Due to the unique growing conditions, Maeng Da Kratom has earned high marks for having more active alkaloids and flavonoids than most other Kratom strains. This is partially due to a grafting process that’s been used by Kratom farmers for centuries. The end result is that Maeng Da is typically stronger than other strains.
No matter which vein you prefer, Maeng Da Thai is generally considered one of the rock stars of the Mitragyna speciosa community. In fact, you’ll have a hard time finding Kratom enthusiasts who don’t have at least one positive thing to say about this strain.
Over on Reddit, people have discussed just how powerful Maeng Da Thai’s performance is. “Underestimated Maeng Da. Holy sh!t…insanely strong,” the OP said. Another forum member chimed in that they “find it to be the most potent strand.” The final comment on that particular thread said, “It took me a while to warm up to Maeng Da. It’s kind of weird because the effects are all over the place. But now that I am used to it, I’ve really learned to appreciate it.”
One topic of high discussion about Maeng Da Thai involves what veins are used. As you’ll see below, there are three strains in the overall Maeng Da family. However, products that are marketed as simply Maeng Da Thai without a specific vein mentioned are typically either Green or the result of a blend of veins created by the harvester. Either way, most people seem quite happy with it.
With so many vendors neglecting to add a vein name, you might be wondering what veins are best to suit your needs. One Redditor tackled this topic with an easy to remember phrase: “White to get right, Green for in between, Red for bed!”
This strain is offered by a long list of online vendors, including:
Depending on where you look, you’re going to find a wide range of prices for Maeng Da Thai. Of course, this is true with any Kratom strain.
Most vendors sell 28g for around $10 – $14. Considering that you can get 100g starting around $20, it doesn’t make much sense to pay as much as $14 for only 1 ounce. However, depending on which vendor you prefer, you may end up seeing prices between $30-$35 for 100g-112g. Finding 1 kilo (1,000g) is a bit more difficult, but you can expect this size to cost anywhere from $89.99 to $200.
As usual, capsules aren’t quite as easy to find, but they are out there. If you’re looking for about 28g encapsulated, expect to pay around $20-$22. The next size up, 56g (2 ounces), typically runs for $37-$42. The largest quantity that most online vendors have for Maeng Da Thai capsules is 112g (4 ounces). These bottles cost approximately $69-$80.
When it comes to buying Kratom, the most important thing you can do is find a reputable vendor. Next, you need to choose the right strain. Maeng Da Thai has filled that role for many, many people. It is quite potent, though, so keep that in mind if you’re a Kratom newbie. Otherwise, it’s hard to go wrong with such a powerful and popular option.
Sometimes, you want something a little different. Even if you love Maeng Da Thai, it’s okay to branch out. The Golden Monk makes it easy for you to discover your next favorite with our Complete List of Kratom Strains.