Doi Hua Mae Kum Festival
Mae Fah-Luang is a district that contains three sub districts, Doi Mae Salong, Baan Therd Thai, and Doi Hua Mae Kum. Doi Mae Salong and Baan Therd Thai are both Chinese settlements of former KMT troops who fled to this area from China in the 1950's, but Baan Therd Thai was settled after the battle was over. The trisection to Mae Salong and Baan Therd Thai are both at the 13 km marker. Past Baan Therd Thai is Doi Hua Mae Kum, which is located 32 kms away. The distance from Chiangrai City to Doi Hua Mae Kum is about 100 kms. Driving may take two to three hours in a 4-wheel drive vehicle since there are many mountains.
On a map the area is similar in shape as that of a fist with its left thumb pointing left. Doi Hua Mae Kum sets on a high mountain, in this case the weather is cold, but it contains a beautiful panoramic view.
Towards the end of November to December, Doi Hua Mae Kum has a very beautiful scenery. The main attraction is during the morning when the "Buatong" or wild sunflowers bloom throughout the whole mountain combining with the fog in the winter morning. The gift of Mother Nature adds a colorful attraction to Doi Hua Mae Kum.
The population of Doi Hua Mae Kum is mainly tribal villages. Presently, the quality of life of the tribals in the area is improving even though this area is surrounded by the mountain ranges which makes communication between the villages and city very difficult.
In terms of education, there are schools that have been organized by the Border Police Patrol since 1969. The school has a big open field for the children to play and a nursing room. It is quite a pity that not every child in the area has the opportunity of education.
Since the war in Myanmar is still going on, there are great influences from the border. But since the border has settled down, the Thai government helps to develop Doi Hua Mae Kum and to improve the basic infrastructure such as adjusting and fixing the road from Baan Therd Thai to Doi Hua Mae Kum. Another type of assistance is supporting and giving suggestions in agriculture, such as tea and flower planting and seasonal fruits.
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