Communist Compensation & Some Roads, Battle Sites + Gtr Trip Reports.

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  1. 12 June 2017

    Govt to hand out B1.4bn to former communists

    Govt to hand out B1.4bn to former communists

    The government will next Wednesday hand out a total of 1.4 billion baht to 6,183 ex-comrades in "pocket money", as a parting gift to former members of the now-defunct Communist Party of Thailand (CPT).
    The money, intended to help them stand firmly on their feet for the future, is the last installment in a financial package that was agreed in 1980 when then Prime Minister Prem Tinsulanonda urged CPT members to turn their backs on the party and join a national development programme.
    Former CPT members and supporters were first given plots of land, followed by help in 2002 and 2009, and with one last batch of help planned for this week, said Col Phirawat Saengthong, spokesman for the Internal Security Operations Command.
    The Prayut Chan-o-cha cabinet approved the financial assistance last month, in which each will receive 225,000 baht, he said.
    This group of ex-comrades are eligible for the money because they meet certain criteria: They surrendered themselves to the government, have never received help, and are currently struggling against poverty, said Col Phirawat.
    At 1pm on June 21, authorities will start handing out the money to the recipients simultaneously at 11 locations around the country.
    Those who live in the Central Plains can report to officials at the Army Club in Bangkok or the 9th Infantry Division, known as Surasi Military Base, in Kanchanaburi.
    Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon will preside over the event in Bangkok where he will meet 294 ex-comrades.
    Other nine locations, mainly in military compounds, are in the northeastern provinces of Nakhon Ratchasima, Udon Thani, Nakhon Phanom and Mukdahan, the northern provinces of Nan and Tak and the southern provinces of Nakhon Si Thammarat, Surat Thani and Phatthalung.
    An interesting report. The original agreement was made in 1980 & its only taken 37 years for the deal to completed & the final "compensation given to those defecting to the safety of the government". You have to wonder how many have died in the meantime?

    In the 60s-70-80s- there were many places in the mountainous North & a few in the N-E where the communists were holed up in the war against the government.
    Many of these places now have fantastic mountain roads that pass through their old strong holds.
    Some of these places have featured on GTR & maybe worth noting

    1. Phu Phayak in Nan
    Return to Nan & back to the future?

    2. Doi Pha Tang
    Doi Pha Tang - a meander. Chiang Mai - Chiang Kham - Chiang Khong return.

    3. Phaya Phipak (the big dipper)
    On the road with Destination Thailand TV part 8
    R4018 The Phaya Phipak road

    4. Phu Hin Rongkla
    Thundering around March 2015
    Chiang Mai - Dan Sai / Phi Ta Khon 2010 Return

    5. Khao Khor
    Thundering around March 2015

    6. Phu Pan mountain range Sakhon Nakhon - Kalasin
    I cant find a ride report for this but in
    Bridges and Mountains - Mukdahan to Chiangmai
    Jurgen picks up on a house where Ho Chi Minh used to reside, preparing the start of his resistance battle in Vietnam
    Uncle HO had a couple of houses in N-E Thailand, & ended up in Phichit for awhile. Such were those early easy going days.

    7. The Huai Kwan memorial out of Chiang Sean is where in 1970 a group communists massacred some government officials who supposedly came to accept their surrender.
    Huay Gwan Memorial

    Check em out.
    Understanding some of this history makes the touring & visiting these places a lot more worthwhile & rewarding.
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  2. I guess most of the 6183 'members' are not holding their breath..
  3. Thanks, great story and images. (I found this thread through your post on FB, following you for your valuable tips)
  4. Chiang Khong
    Not a battle site but a Chinese KMT cemetery for those soldiers killed fighting for the Thai government against the communists
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    Inside the memorial hall, some historical photos
    GTR - IMG_1773.JPG

    From the book The Secret Army. Chiang Kai-Shek & The Drug Warlords of The Golden Triangle
    In Chiang Khong at Ban Hua Wiang there is a cemetery dedicated specifically to the 172 soldiers killed while fighting under RTA control. Those include the 81 lost in the 1970-73 operations on Doi Luang, Doi Yao, Doi Pha Mon, plus soldiers killed while providing security for road construction. Added later were the 26 names of KMT killed during the Khao Ya ( Phetchabun) operation plus the Thai solders who fell while fighting alongside the KMT.​

    Google Maps Location
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