Untamed splendour of northern Thailand

Ethnic diversity and nature's wild beauty converge in Chiang Rai province, where the borders of Laos and Myanmar blur

Beneath me, a sheet of mist stretches across two countries. It cloaks a densely forested valley which straddles the Thailand-Laos border. I cannot tell where one nation ends and the other begins when I am high atop Phu Chi Fa peak in Thailand's Chiang Rai province.

The reality is that in this mountainous region of South-east Asia, many things in life flow across national borders, whether culture or cuisine, religion or people.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 22, 2018, with the headline 'Untamed splendour of northern Thailand'. Print Edition | Subscribe