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“Fun and interesting place” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Three Pagodas Pass

Three Pagodas Pass
Sangkhla Buri, Thailand
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“Fun and interesting place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

From the previous reviews, it's obvious that many people expect too much from the Three Pagodas Pass. Yes, the pagodas are small; yes, there are the usual collection of tourist shops and restaurants; yes, there are a few hawkers out to make a baht or two. But, the border environment (with all the dubious cross-border trade and activity) is fun to observe, there are always amusing photo opts straddling the border, and the area is beautiful. And, who knows, if you're not careful, you might even learn a bit of history. If you're into wood products, the border shops can set you up with anything from beautiful small boxes to huge tables with solid tops made of slabs of teak a meter and a half wide and 4 meters long.

Visited January 2014
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“Three pimples more like it”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Well, I guess if you have come as far as Sangkhlaburi, you *have* to go that little bit further to Three Pagodas Pass.

The name evokes mystery; the reality evokes disappointment. Three very small, desultory cement/plaster pagodas in a grassy space surrounded by nondescript stalls. Right at the border and you can take your photo beneath a sign announcing the Union of Myanmar in English and Burmese script, and another to see if you are taller than the pagodas, and that is about it. Best thing was the pans of mouldering black steer heads melting away in a sulphurous looking black liquid - sold in bottles at 100/200 Baht each. Some sort of muscle linament I was told.

But once again, if you are as far as Sangkhlaburi it would be a shame not to go the extra 20 kms or so to this spot, even if just to see the melting cattle heads!

Visited November 2013
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“Too small”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

If you have only a short period in Sangkhlaburi, I would suggest to skip this place. This place is not much interesting. Only small three pagodas there. Disappointed.

Visited July 2013
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“A little disappointing”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013

I found the 3 pagodas to be a little disappointing they were much smaller than I had imagined, and looked as if they had maybe been cleaned up/ restored which took away from them a little.
Lots of tacky souvenir shops too.
We tried to cross over into Burma, even though we knew we weren't allowed and of course we didn't get across.
Still if you are in Sangkhlaburi (which is beautiful) then it is worth the trip.
Plus if you get a motorbike taxi there that is a really fun (if scary) experience as the area is so hilly and they drive very fast.

Visited October 2012
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“Do NOT go there in Songkran festival, ladies.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2013

For female travelers who didn't have your own car, Burmish guys out there won't let you come back to Thailand without powder.

Me and my friend are both girls, we went to the border from Sangkla Buri by a green minibus. First minute there and the officer warn us not to risk ourselves walk-in there. The xerox girl who came from Myanmar told us that their hands WON'T just touch you at your cheeks, if you know what I mean.

And they still use colored water playing Songkran, so don't wear white shirt and don't bring your oldies there unless you have a car. Save your trip for next season, please. :-)

The coffee shop there was nice, though.

Note : Border fee 30 Baht.

Visited April 2013
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