If the following trips seem a little too commercial, then it's best to wait until you arrive in Mae Sot and then ask around in the guest houses as to which guides are offering trips and where they go. If you plan to go to Umphang it can also be cheaper to wait until you get there and then locate a local guide. Either way, this area of Thailand is not as cheap for trekking as in Chiang Mai. Mae ... Read more about Organised tours .
Volunteers and visitors are welcome to Safe Haven Orphanage, a charity outfit who work out of Ban Tha Song Yang, around 2-3 hours north of Mae Sot on the road to Mae Sariang. The kids here make a few handicrafts which are for sale at the orphanage to help raise funds for their upkeep. A visit to these less fortunate children can really make their day, and will perhaps give you a better ... Read more about Safe Haven Orphanage .
There is a Gibbon Sanctuary on the way to Umphang about 50km out of town, on the left side of the road. It's just before the road starts to bend and wind too much so it is possible to make it there safely from Mae Sot -– the trip should take about 1 hour on a motorbike –- and the scenery is breathtaking. If you're unsure about making the trip on your own then just jump on an Umphang ... Read more about Gibbon Sanctuary .