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Thailand Photos: A trip to Salawin (Thanlwin) river in Mae Sarieng - Mae Hong Son: August 2005

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National park station to Tha Ta Fang village  Tha Ta Fang village
From the park station it is just several minutes walk to Tha Ta Fang village which is also on the Salaween river bank. After these paddy fields you will enter the village. It is a community of Karen majority. The village's Myanmar name is Mae Ka Hta.

A room in a Karen house - Tha Ta Fang  Tha Ta Fang boat station
A corner of the living room in a typical Karen house. Tha Ta Fang village does not have wired electricity. Some houses are provided with solar panals to power the light bulbs. Many villagers have relatives on the western side of the river (in Myanmar). On the river bank is a small museum/tourist office with only phone in the village.

Mae Samleab from the river  Salawin river
Left: Mae Samleab from the boat. The village, called Taw Lay Hta in Myanmar, is a small river port for the trading between two sides of the river. From Myanmar come cattle, wood, bamboo, bamboo shoots, chillies, and some rare plants and flowers. From Thailand fuel oil, boat and engine spare parts, cooking oil, food stuff, house items go to Karen and Kayah states. Right: a view on Salawin (Thanlwin) river to the south of Mae Samleap on the way to Ban Sop Moei.

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