The ancient salt pits of Bo Kluea
In the beautiful area north-west of Nan lies the small village of Bo Kluea in the mountains bordering the landlocked Laos and along the ancient trail to China. And apart from being farmers the people of Bo Kluea have since ancient times produced salt from the salt pits (Sin Thao) that are the only one there in northern Thailand. Saline water from the mountains is pumped from the ground (and taken from the river) to be boiled in large wok's on wooden fires. For more information about the beautiful Nan province see Traveling 2 Nan - Thailand.
The ownership of these salt pits were an important way of living and therefore often fought over by other "kingdoms" of the current northern Thailand. Nowadays of course there are many other (and easier) ways of getting salt and Bo Kluea has more become an tourist attraction. It is located about 80 km north-west of Nan city and a passing point when traveling to the Thai-Lao border. Of course the name "Bo Kluea" is an remark to the salt as "Kluea" means salt in Thai.