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Economy

From backwater to boomtown -- Thailand's Mae Sot

Mae Sot market attracts shoppers from Myanmar. (photo by Philip Thornton)

MAE SOT, Thailand -- Periodic gunfire has been replaced by the incessant judder of jackhammers, and businessmen now far outnumber the smugglers and spies who not that long ago plied Mae Sot's streets.

     This once remote and wild frontier town is being rapidly transformed into Thailand's premier gateway to neighboring Myanmar and the site of a pioneering economic venture.

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