Santichon Village or Chinese Yunnan Culture Center was settled by Chinese people who fled the Chinese revolution of Mao Tse Tung. After all these years, the descendants still living here and adhering to traditional ways, have managed to profit from Pai’s economic upturn. Santichon Village has a population of 2000 souls of mix Yunanese, Thai hill-tribes people and former Chinese soldiers. When opium was still the mainstay of the village and old Chinese soldiers wandered the streets in their old Republican uniforms, automatic rifles in hand. Today, It’s quite popular with Thai tourists, with a large tasting area for tea, which has replaced opium as an important crop, and a souvenir market at the village entrance.
Santichon Village was declared open on February 9, 2005 by Mae Hong Son deputy governor Mr. Prasit Prasertsri.