Ban Rak Thai (the Thai-loving village) After the Communists took This history of movement and conflict seems all but gone from Mae Aw, but not forgotten, and has in its wake left this quiet Chinese outpost amid boundless tea farms and the whispering pine forest. Because of the altitude and pine forest, things are unusually cool here for Southeast Asia, even during the hot season. The day that I go is a hot day, unusual I am told for Ban Rak Thai. I feel the sweat on my back as I walk the small streets of the village.
Tucked away in the furthest corner of Thailand, and just a mountain pass away from Burma, Mae Aw is 30 kilometres away from the provincial capital of Mae Hong Son. It is fairly simple in its layout – really just a bunch of A-frame bungalows and wooden cottages collected around a large artificial reservoir.
Pang -Ung lake " Pang-Ung " inside Baan Ruam Thai, under Royal Patronage project has turned it into picturesque destination. Swans idle in its crytaly-clear lake that in winter, when the temperatures hover around zero, is covered in a thin film of ice. This is Swizerland in Thailand. Not far from Mae Aw lies Pang Ung, known for its production coffee beans. A few kilometers out of the village there ist a lake, a water reservoir, surrounded by pines with a camping area. The lake is covered by fog in the early morning, until the sunshine comes. Very romantic! A road runs along the lake to a green hill, where there are some guest houses.