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The Road To Umphang – Thailand’s Death Highway

Umphang in Tak Province has long been one of Thailand’s most remote provinces. Well in the 20th Century the only access to the region was by pack horse, ox-cart or on foot. In the late 60s the Thai government financed construction of road through the perilous mountains only to have rebels kill thirty construction workers. […]

Highway 1040 Again

Yesterday morning I sat at a small coffee stand in Umphang. I was the only farang in sight. My daughter and her mother were shopping at the Karen tribal shop next door. A light rain dotted the street. This was the end of highway 1040, the Highway in the Clouds. There was little reason to […]