The Akha people of Chiang Mai, Thailand
have fled the NEVER ENDING WAR of the far North
(raging since 1947).

The Golden Triangle covers a large area.

Traditionally where Thailand, Burma and Loa join is called the
Golden Triangle.
The "Gold" being the liquid Gold of raw opium.

The NEVER ENDING WAR rages on every year (dry season usually), it is a bullshit war designed to keep prying eyes out of the growing fields of Burma who produce a massive 3700 tons of raw opium each year for export. That is very conservative as the Shan State usually produces 300 - 500 tons of refined Heroin a year.
That said it is still a very real war for the people at the front line.

It periodically spills over into Thailand who quickly quells the intrusion.

Many refugees end up in Thailand and work there way south.

Many have ended up in Chiang Mai. Akha, Karen, Thai Yai (Shan)

There are 13 or so ethnic groups that have carved out there own states in Burma running down Thailand’s western border from the far north to well past Bangkok.

 

Most Akha people from Burma are devout Christians who turned to Christianity in the 1800s and last century when the British ruled Burma. They speak Akha, read, and write there language with English (A, B, Cs) British influence once again.

After the British, a banded them after the Second World War around 1947 there church went under ground as the never-ending war raged around them.

The Military Junta S.L.O.K. that sized power would not let out side contact in or out.

Surprisingly their religion survived true to form and has changed little in the last 60 or so years.

 

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