Mong La, Burma
Mong La – Special Region Number 4 – Wa area and guarded by a Special Army.
Here everything goes. Casinos and gambling house are everywhere. There are
tumbling dice games called “Gluckgluck”, dice big enough to break your arm
if they land on you! Periodically, they fall out of the box area they are
supposed to tumble in, and everyone has to move out of the way!
One of the
game rules is if one or more of the dice roll out of the box, then there are no
winners and no losers, the dice must roll again. So, wherever your money
was placed, you get it back. The only loser may be the one the dice landed
on!! The dice may be the size of a basket ball and solid wood, 12 inches X
12 inches X 12…
Mong La is approximately 258 kms from Maesai, thru Keng Tung, is like no other place anywhere around. Mostly Chinese tourists
venture to this Burmese outpost for wine, women and song! Songs I said!
Well, according to the Chinese, this is the greatest show
on earth! People flock to this borderline (from China) to get a glimpse of
It’s not the Ringling brother’s Barnum & Bailey circus! It’s a
KATOY (transvestite) CABERET SHOW! See it to believe it! And, the katoys
are not even from there! They are from Thailand and they have been there
for years! It’s really scary because I was walking through the town one day and
one of them said “Sawatdee ka” (with a husky voice of recognition). Shim (she
+ him = shim) said, I have seen you in Maesai before! Really I said where?
At the Wang Thong Disco before! Oh yes, then it hit me! Shim went out with
one of the Merril Lynch guys who mistook shim for a she! I still remember,
he denied everything…
Mong La has one of the most fascinating temples, built on the
hill-side just as one enters from China. There is also an Opium Free
Special Region No. 4 Museum that gives you the history of Heroin as well as
the recipe! Really!
The Dai ladies (Shan people) are ever so graceful when
one sees them anywhere and can easily be distinguished from the ever
apparent Chinese gals in lustful outfits!
The scenic beauty of the area can capture ones breath, especially at sunset.
However, one always raises the question as to “why here”? Why, because we
can! Everything from snakes and leopard cats at the animal market for a
fresh morning or evening meal, to luck at the roulette or the black jack
To get there, well, inquire at the King Kobra for the latest info on
how to get there or take you there. Don’t worry, there are no long lines
waiting in Maesai to head in that direction, like there are at the Chinese
border town opposite Mong La, Daluo, Yunnan, China. It’s a rough ride in
and yes a rough ride back, if the road is still there and hasn’t been washed
away. Sorry, it is not possible to take the easy way in from the Chinese
side for foreigners yet. I am still waiting for this to happen and will
surely let you all know. When this happens, one will be able to do the
whole loop, North thailand, Burma, China, Laos and exit back into Thailand.
We have all been waiting for this to happen.