The places where predominately ethnic Tai people live — southern China, eastern Myanmar and northern Thailand — are also some of the earliest known areas of rice cultivation. The Tai may not have been the first people to grow...
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Unless you’re invited into someone’s home, or buy take-away from the town’s morning market, it’s actually somewhat difficult to find local food in Kengtung. One of the only restaurants serving Shan/Tai dishes is P...
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Mong La is an odd place. Perhaps one of the oddest. Located on the Chinese border, the city lies within Myanmar, but is part of the semi-autonomous Wa State, a finger of land controlled by the United Wa State Army, an ethnic militia clos...
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Wan Naung Gon lies a few kilometres outside of Kengtung, in Myanmar’s eastern Shan State. It’s predominately inhabited by the Tai Neua, a group of people related to the Shan and Thai. It’s a quiet, traditional-feeling p...
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I heard the sibilant shrieks of a pig from the opposite hillside and knew that they could only mean one thing: a festival was under way. You see, the height of Southeast Asia’s dry season is a particularly auspicious time for Tai p...
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In addition to being a previous and future outlet for my photos and text, Saveur is hands-down my favourite food magazine. So it was with some pleasure that I learned that this blog has been chosen as a finalist for the magazine’s ...
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Perhaps because of their relative isolation, the residents of northern Thailand’s various Chinese communities have been able to lead distinctly Chinese lives for several decades now. This remoteness has also meant that they’v...
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In the remote corners of northern Thailand, typically near the Myanmar border, are several villages that are more Chinese than Thai. Tea plantations, pine trees, steep hills and Chinese architecture make up the landscape of these places,...
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