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Address: Mae Sai, Thailand

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On a road to nowhere

Definitely a shame to have travelled all this way just to sit at a coffee shop and have a smoke. Part of my motorcycle trip got me and two friends here briefly to stand behind the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

Definitely a shame to have travelled all this way just to sit at a coffee shop and have a smoke. Part of my motorcycle trip got me and two friends here briefly to stand behind the fence and watch the border crossing. We all wondered what happens when you swim over the narrow river? From here to Chiang Khong about... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

The entry procedure is relatively easy but currently costs you 500 THB. So if you only want to go there because of shopping you better save yourself the hassle and get what you need at the Mae Sai market as you only pay about 10% more if at all! Funny note: After you´ve passed customs on either side you have... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

To us in the UK there is an element of mystery about Myanamar so going right up to the border has a sense of the exotic. One can see over the border- a small nondescript stream. The Thai side is full of bustle with many crossing the border for cheaper priced and higher quality. Interestingly no sign of any currency... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

It was interesting to visit this border if only for a very large street market. The Thai Baht is the strong currency here and a real mix of indigenous peoples are found on the street.

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San Diego, California
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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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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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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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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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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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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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