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Ban Tawai handicraft market

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Ban Tawai boasts of being the largest handicraft market in Thailand. Whether or not it's true we can't say, but it's huge. Even if you have no intention of purchasing anything we reckon it makes for a fascinating place to wander around.

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The “Handicraft Village”, as it’s often known, is in Chiang Mai’s Hang Dong district some 15 kilometres to the south of the city. As woodworking families, many of Burmese origin, established themselves here to benefit from the region’s vast teak forests, the village began life as a production centre for finished teak items, such as furniture and carvings.

Popular with swingers. Photo taken in or around Ban Tawai handicraft market, Chiang Mai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Popular with swingers. Photo: Mark Ord

Northern Thailand’s huge logging industry expanded with European involvement during the 19th century, before being banned by the Thai government in the late 1980s after catastrophic flooding was perceived to be the result of widespread deforestation. In theory, at least, any teak products you see these days must be made with either recycled wood or sourced from officially licensed commercial ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 400 words.)


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