Welcome to Mae Aw (Ban Rak Thai)
Located almost on the border with Myanmar's Kayin State and set around a reservoir, isolated Mae Aw (แม่ออ; also known as Ban Rak Thai) was established by Yunnanese KMT fighters who fled from communist rule in 1949. Decades later, the town’s population and architecture remain very Chinese, with many residents speaking Mandarin or Yunnanese. The main industries are tourism and tea – Mae Aw is surrounded by tea plantations – and there are numerous places to taste the local brew, as well as several restaurants serving Yunnanese cuisine.
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