Panning for Gold in Lampang
15 images Created 22 Apr 2014
Villagers in the Wang Nua district of Lampang province in northern Thailand found gold in the Mae Wang (Wang River) in 2011 after excavation crews dug out sand for a construction project. Now every year when the river level drops, farmers from the district come to the river to pan for gold. Some have been able to add to their family income by 2,000 to 3,000 Baht (about $65 to $100 US) every month. The gold miners work the river bed starting in mid-February and finish up by mid-May depending on the weather. They stop panning when the river level rises from the rains. This year the Thai government is predicting a serious drought which may allow miners to work longer into the summer.