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“Okay in already in area”

Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Bo Kluea
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Reviewed December 26, 2012

Interesting but only produces salt during rainy season and shortly afterwords. Good day trip from Nan but not worth staying over locally.

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Reviewed July 7, 2012

More of a village artisanal visit, this is a fascinating visit to see how salt is extracted from the depths of Htin Mountain near the Doi Phu Kha National Park and which is then packaged and sold to visitors as well as around Nan and a few other parts of Thailand. These are small family run businesses who are happy to show you the process of extracting the salt, without charge, although they are even happier if you buy some of their great salt from them. It was incredibly cheap, only about 40 baht I think for a kilo of salt which although not certified organic, is the closest you get to organic in Thailand, with the briny water being extracted from deep mountain wells in the village.
This village used to be extremely important many centuries ago as being one of the main sources of salt in this part of Asia with caravans visiting from all over China and south east Asia, and underpinned the wealth of the Lords of Nan. It is believed that salt has been extracted here for over 300 years.
The route to the village, either up from Nan City on the 1081 or from Pua on the 1256, is also incredibly beautiful with wonderful mountain views, so a worthwhile journey in any event. The main wells are in the centre of the village away from the main road but it is signposted. As well as seeing the boiling of the briny water and the removal of the salt to be spread out to dry, one can also see how they extract the water from the deep wells using only manual labour. As well as the big 1 kilo bags of cooking salt obtained in the boiling rooms, some ladies near the salt wells have small stalls selling selling smaller bags of the salt including cosmetic products. Note that the salt is entirely natural so is not 'free flowing' so is thus better for cooking rather than as a table salt.
Also note that at the height of the rainy season the villagers will often stop work for some days as the weather can be too humid for the salt to be able to properly dry. A good fun place to visit.

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