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    Mae Sot

    Mae Sot Thailand. Mae Sot is located in a mountainous rain forest. Think of Tarzanís home. But in Thailand. In 2006, many houses did not have electricity. Ones that did might share a single electrical wire with several families. Across the border is Burma. As with any border, one side wants what the other side has. Thailand newspapers often report problems in this border area involving black markets. Smuggling whatever, people trafficking and drugs.
    Thailand buys teak wood and gems from Burma. The Burmese sell whatever they can. They also work in many of the shops on the Thai side. Some are intricate wood carvers. One of the shop owners explained that various products are shipped to America. Back in Missoura only bankers and such could afford to buy the finished product.
    Both men and women work all day in these shops for about three bucks. And they are happy to have a job.
    Across the BorderÖ





    You are looking at Burma.





    He is looking at you.





    Burma is now called Myanmar and here is why. At one time Burma was under British control until 1948 when they gained independence. The Burma military took over in 1962. About 30 years ago the military government changed the English translations of many names. Burma now became Myanmar. But many of the locals do not recognize the ruling military government so they still say Burma.





    A Burmese lady peddling her wares.





    Inside a typical shop on the Thai side of the border. Carved wood furniture and workers on their phones.





    A child following his mother. She would be happy to make five bucks a day.





    The Thai Army presence is seemingly everywhere in this region. And yes, the old
    US Army rifle is loaded.





    Locked and Loaded. It is a common occurrence for skirmishes to occur involving smugglers and the Thai military.






    Many of the poorest families live on the river bed of the border. We were told that most of these people were neither Thai or Burmese.






    Many of the sick Burmese will cross the border for medical care.





    These Burmese men have gone as far as they can on the border.
    A certain amount of bootlegging is tolerated.





    Bargains can be had as a Thai soldier looks on.





    An undercover agent for the FBI?





    Expect to go through numerous military checkpoints while traveling in this region.





    Burmese need to show ID in order to cross the border.



    https://www.thailanddiscovery.info/mae-sot-thailand/

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    Mae Sot is a very interesting town. Lots of bargains on wooden furnishings and unusual plants to be had.


    If the traffic is not too crazy, I'd like to take SiL to see while she is here in Thailand for the holidays.

    That's a big IF though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Mae Sot Thailand.

    You are looking at Burma.

    Actually ... I'm looking at nothing.

    Can everyone else view the images?

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Actually ... I'm looking at nothing.

    Can everyone else view the images?
    Yes, no problem.

    Wonder why you carn't?

    Maybe another member can chip in...

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    Could see the pics when I was on the PC but now on IPad, no pics.

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    Just one reason why it's always good to supply a link to the original source, which I see the OP has managed to do this time.

    I can also see the pics on my pc but not on my ipad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Mae Sot is a very interesting town. Lots of bargains on wooden furnishings and unusual plants to be had.


    If the traffic is not too crazy, I'd like to take SiL to see while she is here in Thailand for the holidays.

    That's a big IF though.
    Yeah. Beyond that, Mae Sot has always had a sort of mysterious clandestine feel about it as well.
    An accepted rich and accepted cultural mix, as well - not truly a "Thai" sense about it, as numerous frontier towns appear to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Can everyone else view the images?
    Nope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chittychangchang View Post
    Thailand buys teak wood and gems from Burma. The Burmese sell whatever they can. They also work in many of the shops on the Thai side. Some are intricate wood carvers. One of the shop owners explained that various products are shipped to America. Back in Missoura only bankers and such could afford to buy the finished product.
    Both men and women work all day in these shops for about three bucks. And they are happy to have a job.
    (BTW, I haven't seen the Burmese with the blue skin as shown above. Is it a special species?














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    Ya just gota call it,

    Thailand is a brilliant country to tour in if ya pick ya places and season.

    The Far North is superb.

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    Mae Sot is in fact North, not Central Thailand

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    No wonder Burma is forked. They haven't got enough sense to keep left on the road.

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    ^in order to cut the link to British colonialists...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    ^in order to cut the link to British colonialists...
    They've since handed off such responsibilities to their loving cousins across the Atlantic, even though still having a fair part.

    Bastards. The lot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Mae Sot is a very interesting town. Lots of bargains on wooden furnishings and unusual plants to be had.


    If the traffic is not too crazy, I'd like to take SiL to see while she is here in Thailand for the holidays.

    That's a big IF though.
    Those photos don't sell it very well. Looks pretty crap.

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