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Published August 16, 2012, 12:00 AM

Terraced rice paddies

Terraced rice paddies outside a Lahu hill tribe village high above Thailand’s Mae Kok River. The region known as the Golden Triangle was once one of the world’s most prolific regions for growing the opium poppy, but government programs and aggressive eradication efforts have succeeding in wiping out most of the illegal crop.

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Read the article: Lost among the hill tribes of northern Thailand