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28-FEB-2016 Konrad Busslinger

Chinese village (Ban Rak Thai) in Mae Hong Son

Ban Rak Thai

Chinese village (Ban Rak Thai) in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. In here have Resort in tea plantations. Houses built with clay and Lake in the Valley.

Ban Rak Thai (literally "the Thai-loving village"), also known as Mae Aw in many guide books and some maps, is a village near Mae Hong Son. It was settled by former Kuo Min Tang (Nationalist) fighters from Yunnan Province, China, after the Communist takeover of China. The population is about 800, mainly Chinese-born or Thai-born Chinese. Many signs are in Chinese, and much of the population speaks a heavily accented version of Mandarin Chinese. If you speak Chinese, try it out, especially on some of the elderly people. They will be happy to speak with you, and can share some rather interesting stories of their lives pre- and post- exile, as well as about the drug trade that used to dominate the economy here.

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joseantonio02-Jul-2016 09:13
a lovely little village in a beautiful setting. Love the reflections in the water.V
Pieter Bos02-Jul-2016 08:59
Beautiful panorama, Konrad! ~V