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Tha Ton is a village in northern Chiang Mai, whose location in the countryside has granted it with verdant views of the surrounding valleys and mountains. The place is home to hill tribes, and is actively invested in their relief by setting up handicraft markets. Tourists can also visit the famous Wat Tha Ton temple or take a boat trip down the river to Chiang Rai nearby.
Straddling between Mae Ai and Mae Chan, Tha Ton is nestled on the banks of Kok River. Back in the days, this jungle outpost was a focal point for opium to be transported across the border, as ordered by the then Burmese military leader, Khun Sa. Tha Ton now functions as just a serene backwater with only a handful of tourists making their way towards the river.
Besides the Kok River, the Wat Tha Ton temple is another major attraction here. Built over several levels, this hilltop monastery is spread across 160 acres amongst the forested hills. Situated just a few miles from the Myanmar border, Wat Tha Ton overlooks the Kok River and Ban Thaton village.
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