Many of these people fled oppression and poverty in Burma and in some cases fighting in Burma's civil war. Today they are a tourist attraction in Thailand.
Aung Zaw in exile. A former student who fled the military crackdown in Burma in 1988, Aung Zaw went on to become founder and editor of The Irrawaddy magazine.
UNHCR ensured people would be returned to their homeland in safely and with dignity. Here thousands were taken to Cambodia only to be displaced again by shelling.