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Mae Aw

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Tucked into the outer reaches of Northern Thailand is a Chinese tea village, its mud huts lining a reservoir next to the Burmese border. Only 44km from Mae Hong Son but a world away in feel, Mae Aw’s peeling mud walls and tiny tea shops seem out of place amid the pine forests of Doi Pan.

Home to around 1,000 people of mostly Chinese descent, the sleepy village is known for its tea, with vans of curious Thai tourists (and the occasional farang) making the trip for a day. It is definitely strange to get a small taste of China on the Thai-Burma border, but well worth the effort to get here. And not just for the tea (which was delicious) but also to stand at the reservoir’s edge and imagine the town as it once was.

Read more on Jodi's blog.

Written by  Jodi Ettenberg.

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This sounds wonderful. Was it hard to get to Mae Aw? If you don't have a scooter I mean!

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