A piece of China in Siam
Trip Start Mar 03, 2010
33Trip End May 02, 2010
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Its history, taken from Wikitravel:
"Mae Salong was settled by remnants of the former Nationalist (Kuomintang) Chinese Army 93rd Division who moved from Burma to Thai territory in 1961, after the Communist Party under Mao Zedong consolidated its hold on China. Originally a military base biding its time for an attack back, funding its arms purchases with opium production — notorious warlord Khun Sa lived a few kilometers away in Ban Hin Taek — in the 1970s the Thai government struck a deal with the renegades: the battle-hardened KMT would help them fight Thailand's own Communist insurgents, and would be granted citizenship in exchange. As part of the integration process, opium production was successfully substituted with mountain produce like mushrooms and above all oolong tea, which is now Mae Salong's main product."
My time there was spent climbing 27,000 steps up to a Temple with some seriously good views over Myanmar and Northern Thailand; eating some Bugs and trying out some Tea.