Ganesh Staredown

Ganesh Staredown

Ganesh Staredown

You don't have to go to India to spot a Ganesh statue. Like this one, which I found in Mae Sai, Thailand, at Phra Thad Doy Wao Pagoda.

Taken on: 21st August, 2012. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See Greg -'s page of Flickr

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One of the few well known border towns between Thailand and Burma, Mae Sai is a bustling town which has profited on legal and illegal trade.

Your first impression would be of the incredibly wide main street that runs essentially north-south through the town finishing at the bridge that spans the river and gives access to Burma.

The border end of this street is lined by an enormous market. The wares available are many and varied with a very heavy Burmese influence - clothes, gems, you name it they have got it.

One of the more interesting pursuits in town for travellers is to watch the action up river from the bridge that spans the Sai River. Throughout the day, boats ferry people and goods back and forth between Burma and Thailand.

Goods including alcohol and cigarettes pass under the dull gaze of the border guards and can be had for rock bottom prices.

If you're planning on crossing over to the Burmese town of Thachileik for a bit of a poke around, all ... Read our complete Mae Sai travel guide

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