"Mengla" Kengtung Off The Beaten Path Tip by kenmerk
Kengtung Off The Beaten Path: 8 reviews and 10 photos
I've been to a few strange places in my life, but I think that Mengla would rank pretty high on that list.
Mengla is on the northern border of Burma with Yunnan Province, China. Although it is part of Burma, it is controlled by Wa rebels. You actually have to go through these rebel checkpoints and pay a small extortion fee to enter this area. (80 Chinese Yuan) t It is strange, because although this is part of Burma, NOBODY takes Burmese Kyat, only Chinese Yuan.
All the businesses in town appear to be controlled by Chinese gangsters. They've got casinoes, strip shows, crocodile feeding, even this bizarre anti-drug exhibit. Also, you will notice that just about every girl walking around town, is actually a Thai transvestite. (They must import)
To get here, hire transport in Kengtung and take the dusty, winding goat path north about 85 KM's through the mountains. (3-4 hours) This road passes through several hill tribe villages, and is one of the main opium smuggling routes through the Golden Triangle.
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