Kmt Coffee Shop At Baan Mai Nong Bua.

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  1. Steve Merchant

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    #1 Steve Merchant, Mar 3, 2020
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    A few years ago I looked for, and found, the road up from Chai Prakarn to Sinchai that goes via Tham Ngop, and Pha Daeng to Doi Ang Kang. I was really surprised to be just a few kms from Chai Prakarn and still on the lowland to find a big Chinese community at the above named place. I dont live that far away (Tha Thon) and yet had never heard about a village this size quite close to the main road.
    A few weeks back I passed through again and in a rush to get up the mountain never stopped.
    Today, Mar 3, I came down the hill from Sinchai and was desperate for my second morning coffee and stopped at the first roadside sign that said 'fresh coffee'. It was a revelation.
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    A very smart place, set back off the road across a wide footpath, all signs in Chinese and Thai and an owner in attendance who looked like a Singaporean on holiday.
    As a coffee shop it was great with good seats, great decoration and terrific local coffee at 30b a cup.
    What made it far more exceptional was the terrific display of old photos, maps and even memorabilia of the arrival of the KMT soldiers in North Thailand and Burma.
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    A classy display and a friendly husband/wife team who I think may speak a little English if pushed.
    Well worth a 20 minute break and bags of local coffee for sale instead of shopping at Tesco.
     
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    #2 DavidFL, Mar 4, 2020
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    What a great find. I must go and take a look.
    That little Chinese town on Mai Nong Bua is a beauty.

    Like you I have passed through quite a few times, but never really spent any time there.; however there are some rather rustic hot springs in there, that may interest some people.
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    The Doi Ang Khang Loop

    The Chinese KMT there are related to all those on R1349 the Arunothai - Doi Ang Khang road.
    The main villages are Tham Ngop, Pha Daeng & Sinchai.
    KMT Soldiers from Tham Ngop went to fight the communists at Doi Pha Tang in the early 70s.

    If you're in the area again, not far away is Ban Yang, which has the first Royal Project Cannery Museum that has a nice history of the area
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    Thanks for the tip off, I'm heading there again soon for a cuppa & a look in that coffee shop.
     
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    Being useless at putting a location on a google map there isn't a location but despite this only being a village it is financial important enough to have a Bangkok Bank branch which was almost opposite the coffee shop. That should help in finding it.
     
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