Gateway to Burma, but not for most people
The "three pagodas" themselves are not even the originals (these were submerged in the lake further south), and overall one can hardly call this an "attraction". But there is something to be said for finding yourself in a far distant corner of Thailand where you can literally see the Burmese flag and the Burma landscape on the other side.
If you arrive in the early morning or late afternoon, you’ll see throngs of Burmese citizens in colourful dress and faces powdered with talc as they walk to and from their jobs in factories just over the border. Keep in mind that, unlike in Mae Sot or Ranong, most nationalities cannot cross the border here, not even momentarily to get another 15 days in Thailand.
A couple of resorts are nearby in case you can’t get enough of those three little stupas. Note that the border south of here is typically not marked by walls or checkpoints, so be careful if you go exploring off the main roads as you could easily end up in Burma without knowing it.
Address: 23km from Sangkhlaburi
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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