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Tak Province and Mae Sot

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Few travelers visit out-of-the-way Tak Province, and the tourists you'll meet up this way are commonly of the heartier variety or on a humanitarian mission to work with Burmese refugees. Tak province is known to Thais for the Bhumipol Dam, the country's largest, and for having the hottest weather in Thailand. Short of a visit during the Taksin Festival, few stop in the Province's capital of the same name, Tak; instead most wayfarers proceed directly to Mae Sot along the Burma border. Cooled by surrounding forested hills, the town of Mae Sot is popular with vacationing Thais in the hot spring weather and draws foreign travelers seeking a dose of Burmese culture and bordertown bustle. There are numerous refugee camps and aid facilities in and around town and even a short visit here makes many an advocate for reform in Burma and for further assistance to Burmese political refugees in Thailand.

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