Photo: Wat Tham Pla Chom, Mae Sai.

Things to see and do

Border crossing
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The Mae Sai-Tachileik border crossing occurs over the old bridge; the new bridge east of town is principally for heavy goods vehicles and not for foot passengers. Crossing presents you with three options. First, it is an official entrypoint into Burma if you have a valid Burmese visa. (There are no visas on arrival as of October 2015.) Second, Thai and Burmese immigration will let you cross ... Read more about Border crossing .


It can seem as if all of downtown Mae Sai is really just one large market, with a few hotels and cafes attached. The market here was traditionally known for gemstones and as a place where Thai traders picked up products (legal and illegal) from Burma and where Burmese stocked up on items not easily found, or more expensive, across the border. These days the incoming products are overwhelmingly ... Read more about Markets .

Wat Tham Pha Chom
Western edge of town

This isn’t the most exciting hilltop temple in northern Thailand but it is interesting enough, and the views are a great plus. You can walk up here – it ascends in stages and the hill isn’t too high -- or wind your way up by motorbike. The road and stairs lie behind Doi Wao Market and you can reach them via either the market or a turn off on Sailomjoy Road. We’re sure this strategically ... Read more about Wat Tham Pha Chom .

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Where are you planning on heading to after Mae Sai? Here are some spots commonly visited from here, or click here to see a full destination list for Thailand.

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