The picturesque Chinese village in Thailand

Nestled on the green tea hill in Mae Hong Son province, Ban Rak Thai village is home to more than 1,000 Chinese in Thailand.

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Ban Rak Thai village
Ban Rak Thai or Mae Aw is a highland village in Mae Hong Son province, northern Thailand. Located about 250 km from Chiang Mai city, it is home to more than 1,000 people, mostly Chinese from Yunnan and Thai-Chinese. Most people here work as tea growers and processors. Photo: Chiang Mai Traveler.
Ban Rak Thai village
Located at an altitude of 1,776 m above sea level, Ban Rak Thai has cool weather and fresh air all year round. Adjacent to the Thailand-Myanmar border, this place is not too crowded. Most visitors follow the tour only during the day. So the village always possesses a peaceful setting, suitable for those who love to relax. Photo: Mae Hong Son Org.
Ban Rak Thai village
A characteristic of Ban Rak Thai are the houses along the hillside. They were built in ancient Chinese architecture, with materials from mud and straw. Photo: Thai Visa Forum.
Ban Rak Thai village
Ban Rak Thai is famous for its plantations and tea products. Besides enjoying the cup of oolong tea at dawn, visitors can go for a walk, visit and take pictures at the tea hill from 9 to 18 hours.In February every year, the tea festival is held in Ban Rak Thai. In addition to enjoying tea, the people here also perform mixings and folk arts. Photo: Chiang Mai Traveler.
Ban Rak Thai village
The best time to visit Ban Rak Thai is from November to February. At this time, the weather is cold and no rain. At dawn, visitors can take a boat, enjoy the taste of warm tea and watch the clouds spreading across the lake. Photo: Chiangmai Traveler.
Ban Rak Thai village
Here, restaurants mainly sell Yunnan food. Visitors can enjoy Meng, a local stir-fried noodles with boiled eggs, minced meat and green onions.

From Bangkok or Chiang Mai, you can reach Mae Hong Son by domestic flights, then continue to Ban Rak Thai by pickup. Each bus will depart at 8 am or 12 noon daily. Photo: Samy Trip.

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