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The Thai - Burmese Border Gate

Address: Mae Sai, Thailand
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Ranked #1 of 5 things to do in Mae Sai
Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
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San Diego, California
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45 reviews 45 reviews
21 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Going across into Myanmar (Tachilek) is something I would definitely recommend if you are in the area. As of the writing of this review you no longer need to have a visa in advance, you don't need to leave your passport with the staff at the immigration and it's incredibly quick and easy crossing. Once you get across you are... More 

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Tahoe City, California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

We were very disappointed by the Thai staff. After leaving Myanmar, we were excited to get back into Thailand but the staff was extremely rude, unhelpful and just downright unpleasant. Cheer up people or find a new job.

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Chuzhou, China
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Since my Thai visa was single entry, I could not use it for entry into Myanmar. Thai customs issued a certification for me @ 200 Baht and Burmese customs granted my access @ 500 Baht. Thai officers speak English and one of them speaks Chinese. Burmese officers' English are not sufficient. However, officers on both sides are friendly and helpful.... More 

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whitsundays Aus.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We found it interesting as the previous reviewer had said just to see the border because we were there as part of our private tour. I enjoyed the local market they have there and it is pretty amazing how many stalls they have at this place. You can buy some beautiful trinkets at the best prices at least this is... More 

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Top Contributor
177 reviews 177 reviews
109 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

This town was worth stopping in, just to say I had been to Burma (even if not into Burma!) but only because I was very close to the border anyway. We were on a sightseeing tour of the area, looking at the sights as we made our way to the border with Laos. Otherwise, unless you are heading into Burma... More 

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3 attraction reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

While my husband and I were on the way to visit this border, our driver told us that police (there are police check points to enter back into Chiang Rai city) don't stop and check vehicles with tourists in them and that is why he is able to bring drugs back with him. He did not appear to be joking,... More 

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Cape Town, South Africa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

If you want to set foot in Burma just to say you did it, and you don't have time to spend much time in the country, you might find this border crossing to your liking. That’s because Burmese immigration will allow you to cross over into their border city of Tachilek for a daylight hours only stay from Mae Sai,... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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227 reviews 227 reviews
75 attraction reviews
158 helpful votes 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

We loved this border town at Burma/myanmar. The market there is one of the most interesting in northern Thailand. RUBIES SAPPHIRES SILVER. varying qualities ranging between souvenir level and excellent are abundant. Bargaining is the way of life here. We had such fun with the friendly helpful vendors who all seem to be from Myanmar. Clothing is also abundant and... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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37 reviews 37 reviews
19 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

It's a market town that leads up to the Thai-Burmese border crossing. While I didn't cross (could not as I did not have a multiple reentry stamp on my Thai work visa. I would have though just for the experience) I found the town to be quite interesting. Border towns are always a bit exciting, with their mix of travellers... More 

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Ao Nang, Thailand
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97 reviews 97 reviews
52 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

A really exciting border between Thailand and Burma. Check out at the Thai border walk over the old bridge and you are in Burma. There's a lot of pedestrian traffic across the border, foreigners probably best used for visa run. When you enter the customs station in Burma, which is some really old offices, there are two kinds of visas,... More 

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