Introduction

Preamble. Sawasdee krub.

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Myanmar/Thai border, Mae Sai, Chiang Rai Province

If you were to enter Thailand at it’s most northern point you would be crossing the bridge pictured above, leaving the town of Tachileik in Shan State, Myanmar and entering Mae Sai in Chiang Rai province heading south.

A journey to Hat Yai in Songkhla province in the deep south near the Malaysian border would cover almost 1800 kms and take well over 24 hours by rail or road. In various stages over the past three years I have traveled this route several times and count myself fortunate to have done so.

I came here at the start of a long backpacking trip. I had planned to be home again in seven months. I visited all of the places outside of Thailand that I wanted to see on my trip but I have always come back to Thailand. It’s been three years now and Thailand has become home.

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I have also taken several thousand pictures along the way. While I have been fairly consistent in posting images, what has generally been lacking has been any kind of narrative or description of what the image was about; why I was taking the picture. A picture is worth a thousand words but words are still important.

In this space I want to show you what I have seen on the road between Mae Sai and Hat Yai an image or two at a time with a description and a map showing a location of where the image was taken, to the best of my memory.

Sawasdee krub (S̄wạs̄dī khrạb) is Thai for “hello”.

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Downtown Hat Yai, Songkhla Province