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MAY 29, 2000 VOL. 155 NO. 21

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The forest monastery of Wat Tham Wua Sunyata is packed up against the limestone cliffs 60 km east of Mae Hong Son, in northern Thailand. For a small donation, visitors can join the monks in meditation, stay the night and share their morning meal. While it is just a short distance off the highway, the picturesque monastery may as well be in a different century. The monks have carved paths through the pine trees and built a bridge over a small stream. The best time to visit is in November when the sunflowers are in full bloom. You can drive on Highway 1095 to the well-marked turnoff, then continue a kilometer to the monastery. The more adventurous can trek from the village of Mae Suya through the forest to the monastery. The trip should take about eight hours and offers spectacular views of the area.

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