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About 100 km south east of Chiang Mai lies the town of Lampang. Well known for its pottery industry (there are large Kaolin deposits in the area), less well known for the huge open cast mine to the east of the town.

Mae Moh

The mine is lignite and being a poor quality coal, most is used on site at an enormous power plant, generating electricity for northern Thailand. Whilst not an obvious tourist attraction, the area is very well landscaped and parks, golf courses and lakes have been built near the mine. They must be getting it right as the air was full of butterflies on the latest visit, a start contrast to the memories of the North Nottinghamshire/ South Yorkshire coal fields I remember from my youth.

Mae Moh - Lignite Mine

Mae Moh – Lignite Mine

Mae Moh - Lignite Mine

Mae Moh – Lignite Mine

Mae Moh - Butterfly

Mae Moh – Butterfly: what you looking at?

Found these in the shops today, must be in season as they are everywhere. Never seen them before and labeled Manow Ho in the supermarket, a bit if research revealed them to be Mariam Plum – more here.

About the size of a grape, these were sour in flavour, somewhat toned down by the sweet chilli paste dip.

Marian plum

Marian plum

 

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