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Thailand throws open tourist spot near Shan resistance base

Thailand’s Mae Hong Son province in cooperation  with the Thai Army based along the Thai-Burma border has opened....

Thailand’s Mae Hong Son province in cooperation  with the Thai Army based along the Thai-Burma border has opened Doi Tai Leng, a base camp located on the Thai side of the border near the headquarters of anti-Naypyitaw Shan State Army (SSA) ‘South’.

Doi Tai Leng offers tourists a chance of experiencing Thai’s self-reliant life as well as the natural beauty of the environment, according to Thai media Kom Chad Luek.

Doi Tai Leng, is over 1,000 meters above sea level and is located in Thailand’s Pang Ma Pha district's Tambon Mae Lana, 56 kilometers downtown, which is a boundary with the Shan State Army base led by Lt.Gen Yawd Serk. (Loi is Shan corruption of Doi, which means ‘mountain.’)

According to Governor Kamthorn Thawornsathit, the Thai side is ready to welcome tourists to enjoy the environmental beauty and learn about the livelihood of the Shan people.

Besides watching the life of local people, visitors can catch a glimpse of the Shan State Army across the border with Burma, he said.

The climate here is cool the whole year around and the mountain boasts beautiful and pristine natural scenery.

He said from Doi Tai Leng on the Thai side, people can see the beauty of the mountains.

Col Uthai Chaichana, Commander of Task Force 7 of Mae Hong Son province said that it would be safe for tourists to visit, with the authorities saying that they will provide security and help and manage accommodation for visitors, so that the area can welcome travelers anytime.

“It might be more difficult in the rainy season but then, people can go by four wheels,” the governor said.

The area can accommodate in excess of 300 tents and food and other supplies can be bought from nearby shops, he added.