Welcome to Ban Thoet Thai

The village is probably most famous for having formerly served as the base of Khun Sa, the Shan narco-warlord known as the Opium King. Until the early 1980s, proximity to the Golden Triangle, the rough, mountainous terrain and lack of sealed roads meant that the outside world was essentially cut off from Ban Thoet Thai (then known as Ban Hin Taek – Broken Stone Village), allowing Khun Sa to establish a virtual monopoly on the world opium trade.

Ban Thoet Thai was also allegedly the first settlement of Akha in Thailand and today is also home to many Shan and Chinese, not to mention other groups including Thai Lü, Lahu, Hmong, Lua and Lisu.

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