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Bamboo structure offers breathtaking view of Doi Nang Non mountain range

Jul 07. 2019
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By Natthawat Laping
The Nation

A steady stream of people are visiting a new landmark in the northern province of Chiang Rai -- a four-storey building made entirely of bamboo -- which offers a panoramic view of the Doi Nang Non mountain range.

The structure, known as "Nang Non Base Camp" in the Mae Sai district, offers free admission to visitors who can also buy meals and beverages at the site, Kwannarong Kwamuang, the creator of structure, said. 

Known locally as Bamboo Condo, it was built using bamboo stalks bound together with ropes, without the use of any metal or nails. It stands 20 metres tall and is said to be strengthened with bamboo pillars from floor to ceiling to support the weight of visitors.

It offers a 360-degree view of Doi Nang Non, which includes the Tham Luang cave where 13 young footballers were stranded and rescued in a dramatic mission last year is located.

Kwannarong recalled that he had joined the search effort for the trapped footballers, as he was familiar with the way around Tham Luang, until the mission was accomplished. After that incident, he saw many more visitors coming to Mae Sai to see the cave and the adjacent Morakhot Pond so he thought of creating a new “check-in” point for photo opportunities and built this bamboo structure to offer a panoramic view of the scenic location.

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