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[:RU]Ban Rak Thai village in northern Thailand[:]

[:RU]For the first time on the village, I heard, or rather, I saw a picture on the Internet a year ago. Then for a long time looking for that for a place, and then how to get to him, the idea of ​​hanging in the head and that’s a total trip to the north of Thailand was realized.

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Ban Rak Tai village of ethnic Chinese who settled in Thailand and take root near the Burmese border at the north-west Thailand. The main source of life and income of the village is the production of tea and now tourism. More and more people know about this place and I stop here with part of his trip to Thailand. Settlement is located 40 km north of the town of Mae Hong Son, just enough known in the Thai city of historical and eco tourism.

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Village located around artificially formed lake and settlement houses smoothly descend to the shores of the reservoir. Almost all the guest houses village located directly on a section of the water and the door to your room will go directly on the lake shore. And it’s pretty good — to go in his underwear in the morning, sit down at the table and look at the morning mist that spreads over the water, and all this under the inaccessible in Bangkok cool. Each village in any country or locality gives the sensations of provincial life and of silence, then the atmosphere is quiet and has a relaxed. Month of May — here — not the peak season of tourists and quite a unit. It is difficult to say how many of them are here in the peak season — October — December, not the crowd, I think, but enough, judging by the expanding service sector in the village itself and the surrounding area.
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It is worth to mention another place — not reaching 10 km to the village, you turn left on a country road to a village called Ban Huai Makhuea Som, where the banks as artificially created reservoir located popular recreation area for local — «Little Switzerland». If you have not been to Russia or Europe and are missing the northern landscape, you completely here. Around the lake stretched grove of pine trees, with a bed of pine needles, or grass shorn. This recreation area with facilities for accommodation and campsites. At the entrance to the lake begins a continuous formation cafes and places to spend the night, this time in the most closed. One of the first on the left side of the road there is a small cafe where the owner makes great coffee and sells bags of grain grown in the area and collected them alone, he, by the way, and you can stay for the night, if choose this place. I why then, whether because of laziness or because of the fact that did not take this beauty did not do it photo, I rode around on a bike, satisfied kinds and went on. Here you can look at the landscapes morning mountain passes in northern Thailand: But I should go back to the story of Ban Rak Tai. At the entrance, past the Chinese arched gate over the road, go down to the village, once you meet the tea fields, and on the left can be seen peeping out of the trees the most famous images of the area. By the way at the moment houses rework and improve for a comfortable stay (they itself now houses the hotel) when I was there, the hotel was closed for renovation.
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There is not the entrance of the village you meet shops with tea and tea accessories and the largest in the area restaurant. The restaurant and coffee shop in it also overlooks the lake directly from the bar. Tea can buy here in the shop, and it is better to drive down the the village and go to the local shopping area of local buy it here. Here are more willing to bargain and will be able to buy it cheaper. What types of tea just is not here. Not all produce on-site course, many imported from China, but the local dominant. You can choose simple — ask to taste. Will brew as much as ask the money will not take.
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I want to warn about the food … then you will not find the traditional Thai food, the basis of power in the village of Chinese cuisine here — it is necessary to take into account the amount of servings (all great) and price, nothing less 100 baht. But, having passed the first tea shop, the left side of the road find a small street edalni where grandmother makes an excellent dish of noodles, only 30 baht), starts the very first in the village and ends the latest, so that it is convenient to have breakfast and dinner.
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It all depends on the season, but who are lucky can take a ride on the streets of the village and outside the village there is the local catch of the tea gathering. Local aunt was fun when I take them off, funny reaction was when photos showing the camera. This one girl only stubbornly did not want to appear, well, it seems the situation is typical not only for the village — young people considered shameful work in the fields, probably not like «light»). The district also recorded field pineapple and avocado groves. And this is, by the way, growing mango elite varieties — each fruit clothes in the bag and there he is maturing, this photo is removed is not in this place, and near Paju. But, when they sell the harvest, the mangoes, just perfect.
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The result — the recommended place to visit for those who are not always interested in the banal holiday lying on the beach. Interesting culture, not the same as in all of Thailand, people, again a bit the same, other than, well, the main thing — the nature and the fact that it created man not to harm again this very nature.
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