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Doi Tung

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Chiang Rai’s spectacular Doi Tung Range stretches from Mae Fah Luang in the south up to Mae Sai district in the north, with the Burmese border demarcating the mountains’ western slopes.

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These rugged peaks rise to over 1,500 metres and as with Chiang Mai province’s Doi Ang Khang, it was until relatively recently a wild and inaccessible spot. These days it’s frequented by minibus convoys of tourists (being too steep and narrow for coaches) and day-trippers from Chiang Rai where 30 years ago you’d have seen opium mule trains, KMT soldiers, Khun Sa’s Shan United Army and Akha women harvesting the chest high pink and white poppy flowers.

Did we mention the scenery. Photo taken in or around Doi Tung, Chiang Rai, Thailand by Mark Ord.

Did we mention the scenery. Photo: Mark Ord

The hill-tribe peoples are still there but the Shan fighters now continue their struggle over the border; Khun Sa’s long gone, (though you can visit his old base in Hin Taek) while the families of retired KMT soldiers now run tea tasting shops in Mae ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 800 words.)

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