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Doi Mae Salong

Doi Mae Salong is a very reminiscent part of China and a big part of the area’s history has strong Chinese connections.

When the Communists took over mainland China in 1949, remnants of the Nationalist Chinese army fled to the Thai-Burmese border. In 1961 they were driven in to Thailand and some settled down on Doi Mae Salong Mountain and formed a Yunnanese community right in the heart of the Thai kingdom. The Yunnese who settled here were involved in the opium trade until the royal Thai Army resisted these activities.

Doi Mae Salong
 
The Golden Triangle
The Golden Triangle, Chiang Rai is situated at the intersection point of borders of Thailand, Burma and Laos. The Golden Triangle was once the centre of all opium poppy growing in the country, and actually refers to a large are of the three bordering countries. However, the point of actual convergence of these borders is what most people now call the Golden Triangle. Here, the illicit crops have long since been replaced by the small tourist village of Sob Ruak, and today the roads are flanked by countless small restaurants and vendor’s souvenir stalls along the banks of the Mekhong River.
The Golden Triangle
 
Doi Tung
Doi Tung Known by locals as Thailand’s Switzerland, Doi Tung (‘Flag Mountain’) is an attractive mountain-top destination of forests and nearby Shan, Akha and Lahu tribal villages. Probably the most important attraction in the area is Wat Phrathar Doi Tung – a temple built one thousand years ago which is an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists from Thailand and overseas, A giant flag was flown from the point where the temple’s chedis were built giving ‘flag mountain’ its name, Doi Tung is also home to the Doi Tung Development Project, and initiative of Her Royal Highness Srinakarindra the Princes Mother ( mother of Thailand’s current monarch) who passed away in 1995.
Doi Tung
 
Mae Sai, The border of Thailand and Myanmar
Mae Sai is the northernmost district of Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand. It is a major borer crossing between Thailand and Myanmar,
Mae Sai, The border of Thailand and Myanmar
 
Chiang Saen, The Ancient city.
Archeological remains confirm that Chiang Saen had been a crucial site of human settlement since pre-historic times, the greater Chiang Saen covers the area of approximately 500 acres, 36 of temples remain to mark the city boundary including old city walls, moats, fortresses, gateways and temples.
Chiang Saen, The Ancient city.
 

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