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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sot August 25th 2010

Hey everyone, thanks for all your messages and prayers. We are really enjoying our time here, and have fallen in love with all the children. They never ever cry or even flinch, when the get a needle, or drilled, or tooth pulled out. They are so polite. We usually have over 10 kids in the waiting area, and we have been entertaining them with picture books, drawing and songs - They are so patient and cute:) Abbey, Rachel and Grant (young couple from Gold Coast) teaching at the camp, all went to the wrist tying festival, and they tie cotton around each others wrist to remember their relatives. All up 160 000 Karen refugees in the camps, the one we are at is the largest. They are not allowed to leave teh camp, though occassionally some ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sot August 15th 2010

Dear Family and Friends I am starting up my blog again before we leave for Maela Refugee Camp on the border of Thailand and Burma. This time I will be travelling with my 15 year old daughter Abbey Lindley, my colleague Kylie Martin from Sunshine Coast Childrens Development Centre, and also Dr Norli, a dentist from Cairns. We will leave on Wednesday 18th August and fly to Bangkok, and straight through to Chiangmai. The goal of this trip is to offer dental care to the refugee children in Maela Refugee camp, which is about 6 hours west of Chiangmai. We will be based in Maela and travel up to the refugee camp every day. Ian Aitcheson from Effective Aid International will be our guide. My role is to co-ordinate the team and to organise the dental ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sot May 7th 2010

I recently went to Mae sot and took an unusual tour - of the garbage dump. Mae sot is a border town with Myanmar (Burma) and there are several "refugees" living there; Burmese, Nepalese, Indian .... I heard about a garbage dump near Mae sot where a few refugee families live on the dump and thought it would be interesting to visit them. I drove around for about 3 hours trying to find the dump and by the time I found it the sun was setting. There were a few kids and their parents going through some garbage when I arrived. The situation seemed pretty grim - kids covered in flies eating food they found. In hind sight I should have hired a Burmese speaking guide so I could ask the people at the dump some ... read more
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Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sot February 2nd 2010

Mae Sot is an interesting boarder town. More Burmese than Thai and more "international" then some of the larger towns around. Honestly there is not alot to see in town the Wats and market are fun to visit but will take you about a day. The reason I and most other people end up here is for volunteer and NGO work. Mae Sot is home to many NGO's working with Burmese rights groups and range from political, health, human rights and educational. If you want to volunteer just a day or two some guest houses (Ban Thai ) can help but most need longer commitments and there is information online about other organizations if interested. Also since Thai police do check what people are doing many people are not very open about what they are doing ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sot January 30th 2010

Well I finally made it. I haven't slept in a bed for two nights as instead of staying over in Bangkok I decided to take the night bus to Mae Sot. I got to know the Bangkok airport very well since I had 8 hrs and I remember from past experience that the bus terminal did not have much. I have to say it wasn't to painful as I got a foot and shoulder massage. Today my mind is mush just trying to stay sort of awake so on Thai time but really tempted to take a nap. I am at the Ban Thai guest house quiet a few volunteers and NGO workers here so need to pick some brains when I can keep a conversation going. Mae Sot seems to be quite an interesting town ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sot January 26th 2010

Heading out to Thailand tomorrow. Wow did time go quickly still got a lot to do so will get back to this page once there and have interesting things to say!... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sot November 13th 2009

Last week I traveled to the North Western town of Mae Sot to do a 3-day jungle trek near Um Phang. Mae Sot is a town on the border with Burma (Myanmar) and has been an unstable area with skirmishes between Burma and Thailand in the recent past. It's rather peaceful now and Mae Sot is now a trading post, profiting from illegal trade with Burma. Many Burmese live in this part of Thailand that have fled the country for its notorious junta regime. There are a large number of refugee camps here (see picture), housing an estimated 150.000-200.000 refugees! After my dinner in Mae Sot, I met a Dutch girl who was teaching English at one of the camps. She told me that many women are being raped by Burmese military and that the conditions ... read more

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sot February 19th 2009

HELLO everyone I hope all is well. Here are some more photos of my first day in Bangkok and my subsequent trip up to Mae Sot. Foolishly I did not take any photos of my family in Bangkok, as I was extremely lucky to not only see my Aunt and Uncle but my cousin Moddy as well. This was very exciting as Moddy helped me with my first tender steps into the Thai languuage, culture and food. I very quickly learned that I cannot tolerate anywhere as near spicy foods as the Thais. There continual need for agony while eating is as staggering as it is impressive. Bangkok is a wonderful place if you have never been full of wonderful Temples, infuriating traffic jams, beautiful people, awful pollution and brilliant stalls. You could probably get anything ... read more
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Nice Tower
Emerald Buddha

Asia » Thailand » North-West Thailand » Mae Sot January 31st 2009

We made it home, but thought we'd do a quick entry to share a few last photos and updates. After leaving Chiang Mai we headed south and west to Mae Sot, a small town bordering Myanmar (aka Burma). The town has no real tourist attractions of its own. A few travellers come to Mae Sot to cross the border into Myanmar and then return to Thailand to obtain an automatic Thai visa renewal, or to work in one of the dozen Burmese refugee camps than line the Thai side of the border. We had planned only a few days' stop to update our visas, and to visit a sanctuary for orphaned and injured gibbons. We updated our visas in short order and then spent the rest of the day wandering around the markets and narrow streets ... read more
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White Cheeked Gibbon




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