Umphang Travel Guide

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    a hill overlooking the village
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    local on his elephant
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Umphang Things to Do

  • A TEMPLE IN THE HILLS

    Just before you reach Umphang you will see Wat Nong Luang on your right on the hill just above the village. The building is made of teak and you will find several Buddha images inside.

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  • IDEAL FOR TREKKING

    Most locals visit Umphang in order to trek to see the wonderful THI LO SU waterfall, which is apparently the highest waterfall in Thailand 250 m high and 450 m wide, but it is possible to wander off on your own from the village and explore the surrounding countryside. You can take the road that goes towards the west and after 4 or 5 kms you can...

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  • RISE EARLY & WATCH THE MONKS

    If i remember correctly there are 3 temples in Umphang and the resident monks are supported by the local residents so if you want to see the monks collecting their alms just get up around day break and you will see the people donating rice, drinks and cooked meals to the monks, by placing them in the monk's alms bowl. The monk will not say thank...

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Umphang Restaurants

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    by davidjo Written Sep 16, 2014

    Try the local food and buy a portion of local food in a plastic bag, along with a portion of rice to eat during the day if you decide to go off for a hike. This meal will cost you less than 50 baht, and it will still be delicious, even if it is cold. There are many food stalls or local eateries dotted around the center of the village where you can purchase your meal. I ate from these places early morning and in the evening after returning from hiking, and everything was delicious, especially the curry.

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Umphang Transportation

  • SONGTHEAW FROM MAE SOD

    Songtheaws leave every hour between Umphang and Mae Sod in both directions from early morning for the 6 hour trip through magnificent mountainous scenery. You will be unlikely to catch one after lunch, so best try for early morning. A songtheaw is a vehicle with two rows of seats st the back, and sometimes stools or a bench in the center to...

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  • When off the beaten path, make...

    When off the beaten path, make sure you try riding elephants, it is a unique experience. I would not plan on doing it for more than a couple of hours however, since it can become VERY uncomfortable.

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Umphang Local Customs

  • Karen, Perjeh's New Year

    Most of Karen in thungyai include Huay Khakang that cover Kanjanaburi, Supanburi, Uthaithani and Umphang, Tak beleive in their religion, "Perjeh"Perjeh's fundamental is similar to Buddhism, believe in “Phra Sri Arayamettai”. the believe said “Arayamettai” was a last human civilization . Karen in Thungyai also live for this social. Perjeh's new year...

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  • Karen Funeral

    If someone in a Karen village dies, all the persons' neighbors and friends will stop work for the day. Working right after someone has died is prohibited. In Karen this is called, “deupgasalaw ma." It means, "a prohibition for the spirit of the deceased which has passed away. " Everyone in the village will stop work to come attend the funeral of...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Umphang Warnings and Dangers

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    by davidjo Written Sep 16, 2014

    Not so much a warning tip for visitors but a warning tip for the residents who continue their slash and burn tactics. The photograph was taken two years after my first visit and i remember the area well. Previously there was a forest here but now the whole area has been cleared for farming, so locals , PLEASE PRESERVE THE FOREST !!!

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Umphang Off The Beaten Path

  • The waterfall here was a great...

    The waterfall here was a great relief from the heat and himidity of the surrounding jungle. It is a standard stop with the Umphang Hill Tribe tour company.

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  • The Burma border was guarded...

    The Burma border was guarded by a Thai military guard post and we were informed that we could not take photographs. So we asked the guards to take a picture with us and we had them stand with thier backs to the border. I took this picture of the border crossing instead of them. They never noticed.

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  • The Trek was incredible, but...

    The Trek was incredible, but it was one of the most difficult things I had ever done. Then when I thought I couldn,t make it up another hill, it started to rain and the trails turned into rivers.

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