6 Moo 7, Phlyothin, Chiang Rai, Mae Sai, 57130, Thailand
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Modern milestone -northern most point
Wat Tham Pla/Monkey Cave Temple
Flags change halfway across river
Travel Tips for Mae Sai
Easy access to Burma
It's a great base to explore the entire Golden Triangle region. It's very easy to reach Laos from Mae Sai and even easier to cross into Myanmar from this point. Riding out in the countryside and seeing the geographical Golden Triangle spread out in front of me. I had always heard of the place and imagined it totally different than what I had seen. None the less I was still impressed. Pictured here is the actual border crossing between Myanmar and Thailand. On the left side of the photo Thailand is pictured and on the right is Myanmar.
To get around Mae Sai, you can take the local transport in the form of a truck as shown in the photo where you are supposed to sit behind. If full, you will have to stand on the extension behind the truck which is exciting but risky.
Ode to the King
Respect the local customs & religions. Customs vary between the different ethnic groups in this region so just be observant. Every morning at 8 am and in the evening at 6 pm loudspeakers throughout Mae Sai blast the Thai national anthem and an ode to their King. Everyone stops in their tracks when the loudspeakers errupt, TV broadcasts & radio broadcast are interupted and it would be wise for you to stop what you are doing only for a moment.
Rain Gear For Those South East Asian Showers
Many times while riding a motorbike in South East Asia I've been caught in a sudden down pour only to get soaking wet. Our friends, Jason, My, & Connie came prepared on our outing from Mae Sai to the Mekong River. They brought their rain ponchos & were able to stay dry during a rain storm we encountered on the road back to Mae Sai.
The Golden Triangle
The Golden Triangle is the meeting point of three countries - Thailand, Myanmar and Laos, separated by the Mekong River. It is a short drive from the town of Mae Sai, the northernmost town in Thailand. On the Myanmar side, you can see a red-roof building complex which is the Paradise Casino. Thais cross over to the Myanmar side by speedboat to gamble at the casino, which is purportedly owned by rich Myanmese drug lords.
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