I was just going thru your amazing images, and guess you may be the one to best advise on how to get to

 

Hi Steve!

I was just going thru your amazing images, and guess you may be the one to best advise on how to get to

the Mae La camp.

I have a friend there and would like to see him and his new family.

Any advice would be much appreciated.

Also what kind of things do they need? Medicines, reading glasses etc ?

Peace,

Kevin.

 

Mae Sot is where you’ll stay, eat, shop, etc.. it’s at the head of the road to Mae La and the other camps.  You’re looking at a 2-3 hour drive from Mae Sot to Mae La, more if you get yourself stuck on local transportation like the truck with seats in the back..   Rain and other weather can double the time it takes.

 

Kevin –

I’m assuming you won’t have your own car?  There is a small air strip which isn’t open on any regular basis.. so you’ll be driving in.  I will tell you the roads are steep and fraught with accident after accident as you come off the main 1 highway and head towards Mae Sot.   For this reason you’ll want to hire a car/driver with a nearly new condition vehicle, or one of the bigger more expensive bus rides.  I can’t count the number of accidents I’ve seen from poor weather, poor driving habits, and poor vehicle condition. 

Mae Sot is where you’ll stay, eat, shop, etc.. it’s at the head of the road to Mae La and the other camps.  You’re looking at a 2-3 hour drive from Mae Sot to Mae La, more if you get yourself stuck on local transportation like the truck with seats in the back..   Rain and other weather can double the time it takes.   

Very few foreigners stay at the camps overnight on any regular basis, so your friend is probably staying in Mae Sot as well.

What do they need.. A country?  They need everything from protein to stay alive to fresh fruit to offset scurvy..  The UN diet they’re on you’ll soon learn is pathetic.  I would recommend seeing/learning the scope of the problem and then deciding how you’d like to help.  Mae la will be overwhelming..

Good on you for going up there.  I hope you’ll find it as rewarding as I have.

Steve

 

What do they need.. A country?  They need everything from protein to stay alive to fresh fruit to offset scurvy..  The UN diet they’re on you’ll soon learn is pathetic.  I would recommend seeing/learning the scope of the problem and then deciding how you’d like to help.  Mae la will be overwhelming..

 

Some Useful Links To Learn About Mae Sot, Mae La Refugee Camp, and more:

Mae La Refugee Camp Thailand

Mae Sot, Thai Burma Friendship Bridge

No Place To Call Home

 Revisted Mae La Refugee Camps

Mae La Still Haunts Me