Catering 3-Wheeler

Catering three-wheeler motorycles are a very common sight on Thai roads. This is Mai Sai, with the mountains of Burma in the background.

Like many border towns, Mai Sai is a one-horse one-street town. In the extreme north of Thailand, it leads into the very wild north-east area of Burma, which until recently was the personal fiefdom of the drug czar Khun Sa. Since he was officially ‘deposed’ it was taken over unofficially in the late 1990’s by the Burmese government – one of the most repressive regimes in the World – who, by the forced migration of most of the population, developed the area into one of the world’s largest producers of amphetemine, opium and other illegal drugs.

Westerners who fancy a day out can get an early morning bus up from Chiang Mai, cross the border into Burma, deposit their passport at immigration, have a few hours exploring the Burmese side (very depressing) and then cross back into Thailand with a new 2 months Thai visa.

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Mai Sai, N. Thailand, c1998

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~ by lovedubs on March 4, 2007.

 
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