Day Trip to Tachilek, Myanmar
Mae Sai is the northern most city in Thailand and is located on the southern bank of the Sai River across from the Burmese town of Tachilek. If you have a valid Thai visa and you've brought along your passport then you can easily cross the border into Myanmar for the day. On the Thai side of the border you must get your passport stamped by the Thai authorities at a kiosk just before the bridge. There is a small fee of about 250 baht. Once you've done this you will proceed through the immigration checkpoint on the Thai side of the bridge and walk across the Sai river into Myanmar. You'll then have to leave your passport and a $5 fee with the Myanmar immigration officer who will then provide you with a reciept. You'll will be given until 5 pm to explore the town of Tachilek before you must return to the border, claim your passport, and re-enter Thailand. Your Thai visa will have been cancelled upon your exit from Thailand but you will be issued a new one month visa for Thailand upon your re-entry. You can arrange longer visits into Myanmar with agencies on the Burmese side of the border. They can provide you with a car and driver to take you all the up to the Chinese border and back on a 3 day trip.
- Family Travel
Tham Luang Cave, remote hilltribes, & border life
There are several significant caves in the region around Mae Sai....Tham Luang being the main one of interest. The hilltribes include the Shan, Akha, and Lahu villages in the area around Doi Tung and all can be reached by motorbike or hiking. For another kind of adventure try crossing into Tachilek, Burma.
- Family Travel
- Hiking and Walking
the long necked ladies village
it is a must to see this village (just behind the golf club). You walk up a long windy hillside past huts with these long necked ladies sat outside, on benches, they will even let you pose with their traditional clothing on. It is not very touristy.
- Budget Travel
Than Luang Cave
Although the town of Mae Sai itself isnt really much to look at, ther surrounding area is actually quite nice, tall mountains to the south and the Mekong River flood plain to the east.
Also, about five kilometers south of town there are a few caves that are worth a look. The largest of these is called Tham Luang, and extends more than one kilometer into the darkness.
Though the scenery inside the case is quite interesting, taking a picture inside is challenging as there is no lighting save your torch and the natural light shining into the entrance...
Phra That Doi Vao
Situated on Vao Mountain or Doi Vao near Sai River.
On the mountain , there ‘re a golden chedi . The local legend said that it was built for housing the great relic (hair) in 364 B.E. Aparts from temple , you can see the area of Mae Sai and Tha Khe Lek (Myanmar) from there.
- Historical Travel
There are many roadside shops lining the main road all the way to the border area. Many items are sold cheaply here, and most are smuggled from China and Myanmar across the border to Thailand where they can be sold at a profit.
The Golden Triangle
The Golden Triangle, where the 3 countries of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar meet on the border of the famous Mekong River, is a famous landmark in Thailand and is located near to Mae Sai.
- Romantic Travel and Honeymoons
- Budget Travel
- Road Trip
Burmese Pagoda With View of Mae Sai
Just across the border from Mae Sai, Thailand (a short hike) there is a golden spired pagoda on top of a hill which over looks the town of Tachilek, Myanmar and Mae Sai, Thailand.
long shoping street along the road to.the boarder gate.
Monks here in the shopping street, shopping? chatting?
Vivid dragon sign
A chinese temple here in mae sai, this is the combination with chinese style of dragon. I don't know how many chinese lived in mae sai.
The mountain scenery around the caves is also quite picturesque, and if you drive around a bit, you are likely to run across a hill tribe village or two.
Glimpse of Myanmar
Go near the border bridge and get a glimpse of Myanmar. There is a beautiful temple on the Myanmar side of the border.
Bridge between Thailand & Myanmar
Here, Thailand and Myanmar is only seperated by a bridge with thousands of people criss-crossing the border every day.
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