Tachilek Travel Guide

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Tachilek Things to Do

  • STAND IN LINE WITH THE MONKS

    SHWEDAGON PAGODA provides another photographic opportunity for an amusing picture. Just join the line of monks at the back and your friends will have a chuckle when you go back home. I hope that this is not too disrespectful for the locals but i did ask before clicking the camera.

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  • A SOUVENIR PHOTOGRAPH

    Behind the two fellows carrying the bell there is a sign saying "UNION OF MYANMAR, TACHILEIK SHWEDAGON PAGODA" which is an excellent place to take a souvenir photograph.

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  • MONKS, MONKS and more MONKS

    You will have a much better chance of photographing monks in Myanmar than its neighbouring countries as there are so many more of them. You will see them, young and old around town carrying their clay alms pots. Buy some packets of noodles and give it to them, instead of just taking a photo.

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  • TEMPLE LIFE

    We came across this temple compound near the small local market, around 500 m from the main roundabout (turn left) which you come to when you cross the bridge from Thailand. The novice monk seemed to be cleaning the vases which hold flowers , but unfortunately we were unable to communicate with him at the time.

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  • YOU WILL NOT SEE HAMS ON THE STREET BACK...

    One thing i was surprised to see was hams hanging in front of a shop along the street. What was even more surprising was the shop did not appear to sell any other items which could be eaten, but looked more like a supply store of some sort.

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  • CHAT TO THE STUDENTS

    While wandering around Tachilik we saw a several places where students were learning English. They were being taught privately in small rooms by the side of the road or in someone's house. Although English is spoken quite widely here the students are eager to improve their language skills with the country opening up more and more to tourism. The...

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  • GREAT ADVERT for GRAND ROYAL WHISKY

    I came across this tarpaulin advertising the number 1 selling whisky in Myanmar, and along with Myanmar Rum and Mandalay Rum they are the three most popular spirits in the country. In terms of alcohol content it would be cheaper to drink whisky than beer. Tourist will be able to buy a bottle of Whisky much, much cheaper than back home, and often by...

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  • CITY of the GOLDEN TRIANGLE ROUNDABOUT

    Once you cross the bridge at Mae Sai, if you continue past the market along the same street you will come to a roundabout, in the middle of which is a sign indicating that Tachilik is the City of the Golden Triangle. This is an important landmark in the city (or town) and if you take a left you will pass by a few small restaurants and eventually...

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  • SEE THE WEAVERS

    If you want to see how the Longnecks weave their clothes and fabrics take a tuk-tuk to Regina Hilltribe Village, or if you have time walk across the golf course to get there. The Lonkneck women will be busy weaving their colorful fabrics and you can buy directly from them.

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  • MR. AUNG MYINT MYAT---EXPERT PALM READER

    Who is Mr. Aung Myint Myat? Well you can find him if you turn right at the major intersection after coming across the bridge, head eastwards along the main road (1.5km?) until you reach the hospital, then take the next left, go up a few blocks, and just before you reach the end of the road you will see Aung's establishment on the right. He is an...

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  • SPIRIT HOUSES

    If you leave the local market on the northern side, turn right on the road, a few metres later you will pass over a small bridge, then immediately on the left will be a small compound with a temple inside and several spirit houses where you will find locals making their offerings such as fruit, drink and money. It's very interesting to see the...

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  • THE LOCAL MARKET

    A walk round the local market is interesting but can be very muddy if it is the rainy season. This is mainly a market for the locals to purchase their every day needs and is very colourful and you will see very few foreigners there. . Be careful as porters rush around with baskets and boxes delivering them to the stalls. Good for photography. Try...

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Tachilek Restaurants

  • NOODLES AND EGGS

    For a cheap meal you will find stalls at the market that sell all types of food, including eggs, noodles, chicken, squid. Just ask for anything you may fancy and the stall holder will just put it in a plastic bag for you, but add your own sauces.

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  • EAT AS THE LOCALS DO

    There are many food carts around town where locals are selling snack food. Don't be afraid, try the tasty treats.

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  • burmese breakfast

    Try eating a typical burmese breakfast from one of the many restaurants that open early. Order the curried veg and chapatis served with a pot of tea. The chapatis are flung into a clay oven where they stick to the wall for a few seconds then taken out and served to you with your curry. Tastes delicious and costs next to nothing. We found a tea...

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Tachilek Transportation

  • CROSSING THE BRIDGE FROM MAE SAI

    When i was in Mae Sai i walked to the bridge, got stamped out of Thailand then presented my passport to the Myanmar authorities who relieved me of 500 Baht, kept my passport and issued me with a temporary permit which allowed me to cross onto Myanmar. Your passport is returned to you when you return the temporary permit crossing back to Thailand....

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  • Scooter car

    Scooter car is the most economical way to take a look in Tachilek. It has cover to avoid sunshine and has good view to see the border village.

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  • Flights in and out of Tachilek

    Flying in and out of Tachikek can be a bit of a hit and miss deal. Flights in or out are often cancelled, due to instability at the border between the Burmese and Thai. The flights are also seriously delayed a lot of the time. You can also not necessarily rely on the accuracy of directions from the airport staff. After being detained in Tachilek,...

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Tachilek Shopping

  • EXCELLENT SOUVENIRS

    At the Regina Hilltribe Village, which all tuk-tuk drivers know, you can buy some good quality souvenirs, especially items that are woven by the Longnecks.

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  • Tachilek market

    The market is big. Many shops and vendors gather there. You can find bags, clothes, food, jewelry, electronics, CD, VCD, crispy etc. The most are copies from China. Real Burma made stuffs are rare. Really disappointed.

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  • Burma natural cosmetic

    The woman sold Burma natural cosmetic. Tree trunk was grained into powder. With water to mop it on your face. It's natural cosmetic to be white and isolate sunshine. It's routine that in early morning women grain it for her children.Factory made are now also popular.

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Tachilek Local Customs

  • NOT YOUR NORMAL SCAFFOLDING

    You will not find any metal scaffolding in Tachilik as native materials such as bamboo or wood is used for this purpose.

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  • Drug Education and Services

    There are many ongoing social and medical problems in this part of Myanmar, due to the opium trade and use. We were quite pleased to see the services available in this little town, and the education provided to the locals, encouraging them not to use drugs. The drug education is now commenced in the schools from an early age, in an effort to ensure...

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Tachilek Warnings and Dangers

  • Be very sure about your plans

    We have to take some responsibility for what happened to us in Tachilek, as I later found in the Lonely Planet that border crossing into Thailand is NOT permitted from here.We bought our Myanmar visa from the Embassy here in Australia, and obtained what we believed to be authority to cross the border into Thailand from here. This was planned from...

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  • Forbidden medicine

    In Burma market you may find some vendors who sell forbidden medicine or stuffs likebear gall, tiger skin, monkey skull (to put cigarette in as decoration/ ashtray) etc. You had better not buy them. It's illegal and you would receive huge fine or be sent to jail.

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  • Try to leave your valuables behind...

    If at all possible, I wouldn't take any valuables (like a nice watch or expensive camera) into Tachileik. While the people were all very friendly towards me, it certainly felt much more third world than Thailand, and I doubt there is much protection for tourists who are assaulted and/or robbed. Not that I heard of this ever happening while I was...

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Tachilek Tourist Traps

  • DON"T LET THEM PERSUADE YOU TO GO TO THE...

    Not actually sure if this is a tourist trap but when you cross the bridge from Mae Sai into Myanmar you will e accosted by many tuk-tuk drivers who will want to take you to Regina Casino which you will find in the Regina Hotel, a 10 minute ride away and the usual asking price by the tuk-tuk operators is 100 baht. There are 30 slot machines and 12...

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  • More Commission

    Not a good idea to ask for a recommendation for accommodation, unless the agenda of the advisor is evident or disclosed. When we were refused our exit from Tachilek, we had no choice but to trudge down to the travel agency to attempt to purchase flights back to Yangon. Unfortunately, flights were all booked out - and we subsequently learned they...

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  • Beware the tuktuk driver with the lack...

    When I didn't think I could get more cheesed off, we finally decided to pile the packs into a tuk tuk, and asked to be taken to a guesthouse which was on top of the steep hill in front of us. So, pointing was all that was required! "Take us there". Lots of feigning no understand, and an obviously strange route later, we were taken to a guesthouse,...

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Tachilek Sports & Outdoors

  • ANYONE FOR GOLF ?

    There is an 18 hole golf course that belongs to the Regina Hotel, but i am not sure how much it costs, but the course looked very good. The Regina Golf Course is about 10 or 15 minutes by Tuk-tuk from the Bridge at the Thai border or an hour or so walk. We actually walked across the course until some locals gave us a free ride on their bikes. . The...

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  • Tachilek Golf Course

    This golf course sits across from a hilltribe cultural center that we were visiting. I didn't personally golf there, as I don't golf, but it looked like a pretty decent course. Definitely exotic with a view of the gold stupa and mountains in the distance.

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Tachilek General

  • CIRCLES, and SEMI-CIRCLES to DECYPHER

    Burmese writing must be one of the most difficult languages for a foreigner to read as the writing seems to be nothing but circles and parts of circles, medium sized circles, small circles with a few lines here and there. The earliest known script of the Burmese only dates back 1,000 years ago but originates from Indian Script and evolved from the...

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  • Golden Buddha

    They are golden Buddha, gifts from Thailand. The right one's index finger could have water drops. (It depends on your luck with Buddha) Women who have periode are not recommended to touch Buddha statues. For respect you are suggested to follow the rule.

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  • Knock the bell

    Tachilek's golden tower has big field. Around the tower there are some interesting figures. This is one of the most interesting statues. You are welcome to knock the bell and it will bring you good luck!

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