Photo: Mae Sot street scenes.

Things to see and do

Wat Thai Wattanaram (Wat Thai Yai)
Between Mae Sot airport and the border.

Wat Thai Wattanaram is an unusual Mayahana Buddhist temple built in the 1850s by members of the Thai Yai ethnic group from Burma -- hence it’s alternate name. A bunch of quirky features join several stunning Buddha images to make this large Burmese-style temple worth the side trip. ... Read more about Wat Thai Wattanaram (Wat Thai Yai) .

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Wat Mani Praison

While Mae Sot isn’t particularly known for its temples, Wat Mani Praison is well worth a stop to check out a beautiful Burmese-style ordination hall along with lots of bizarre bits of ... Read more about Wat Mani Praison .

Shops and markets in Mae Sot

Mae Sot’s bustling markets attract traders from Burma, Thailand and beyond. Burmese jade, teakwood furniture and a wide range of clothing and textiles are among the most popular products, but have a poke around and you’ll find some unusual souvenirs as well. Also don’t miss a pair of non-profit shops where your purchases help to empower local refugees, migrants and ethnic minority groups. ... Read more about Shops and markets in Mae Sot .

Outlying attractions

A bunch of minor attractions in the countryside surrounding Mae Sot might be worth a trip if you’ve got the time and inclination. Tak is a huge province and we haven’t made it to most of these places yet -- the following info was gleaned from locals in Mae Sot and Tak province tourism officials. Supposedly the best waterfall within easy daytripping distance of Mae Sot is Pha Charoen, with ... Read more about Outlying attractions .

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Where to next?

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

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