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Overview

Mae Sai is the northern-most city of Thailand. It is mainly a stepping stone for visits to Myanmar and has few attractions of its own.

Mae Sai


Border crossing bridge to Myanmar

How to get there

By bus

By bus from Chiang Rai or Chiang Mai. Buses from Chiang Rai are very frequent (every 10-15 min), cost 40 Baht (one way) and take about 1.5 hours, while buses from Chiang Mai take about 4 hours (210 baht one way). All public buses terminate at a bus station well south of Mae Sai, so you have to continue onward to the city proper with red songthaews waiting outside (15 baht per passenger fixed fare). The blue songthaews to/from the Golden Triangle and Chiang Saen, on the other hand, leave from a stand in the city center a few hundred meters down the street from the border. The last blue songthaew that departs for Chiang Saen leaves at 14:00.

There are also day-tours taking visitors to Mae Sai, the Golden Triangle, and a couple of other places to see on the way as well. Tourist minibuses are more expensive (around 800 baht for a day tour from Chiang Mai including lunch) and, if fully loaded (but this is not always the case), are much less comfortable. However, this is still an option worth considering, if you want to combine your visa run with a sightseeing tour through Chiang Rai province.

By car

By car which can be rented in Chiang Mai and other cities. Mae Sai is 61 km from Chiang Rai on Highway No. 110.

Mae Sai Evening Market



Getting around

Mae Sai is a one-street town and the center is easily covered on foot.

What to See

Burmese temple at Wat Phra That Wai Dao

Giant scorpion statue

There's really only one place to visit in Mae Sai, but many visitors breeze past it on their way to Myanmar.

Wat Phra That Wai Dao, (before Immigration, turn left and go through covered bazaar). Built on a small hill up a steep staircase, overlooking Mae Sai and Tachileik, this temple and its stupa are unremarkable, but there are a few interesting monuments around it. Next to the stupa is a small Burmese temple that gives a nice taste of what awaits on the other side. Towards the river is a multistoried monument to King Naresuan, a Lanna king famous for beating back several Burmese invasions and dispatching the Burmese crown prince in a duel, and if the message of this isn't clear enough, there's also a giant scorpion statue brandishing its claws towards Tachileik.

Queen of Nagas

Queen of Naga

Queen of Nagas seized by US Army at Mekhong River, Laos Military Base on June 27, 1973 with the length of 7.8 meters

What to Do

Take a picture with the gate marking the northern-most point of Thailand

Cross the bridge into Tachileik, Myanmar (which the Thais call Tha Khi Lek ). As of April 2009, an entry permit valid for up to 14 days costs 500 baht/US$10 (be sure to bring clean US note, without any marks, stamps, etc. on it - otherwise customs officers will refuse it and, if you don't have another one, happily receive significantly higher payment in baht instead). Travelers using this option are given a paper entry permit and their passports are held at the immigration office until they return to Thailand. From here, you can travel as far as Kengtung (Thai Chiang Tung), 160 km away, but to travel to the rest of Myanmar, a visa in advance is needed. Transit travelers can arrange for a visa and can have their passport sent to their port of exit.

Mae Sai Evening Market


What to Buy
Covered bazaar leading to Wat Phra That Doi Wao

There are plenty of small shops lining both sides of the street leading to the border crossing that sell:

Cheap jewels (rubies, emerald and jade) imported from Myanmar
Cheap curio items, many of which are imported from China
Fresh cut fruit

Where to Eat

New Sombun Mu 10 Mae Sai, Tel: 0 5373 1441 (Chinese food)
Rabiang Kaeo Tel: 0 5373 1172-3 (Thai food)
Rim Khong 15 Mu 8 Chiang Saen-Sop Ruak Rd., Tel: 0 5365 0459-60 (Thai food)
Tai Thong In Thai Thong Hotel, Super Highway, Tel: 0 5373 1975-6 (Thai food)


Where to stay

Doi Ngam Resort
73 Moo 2, Tumbon Wiang Phang Kham, Amphoe Mae Sai, Changwat Chiang Rai 57130
Phone : 0 5373 2109, 08 9631 3416
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Price Rates : 350 - 2,500 THB
Number of Rooms : 18 rooms


Good Night House
5/4 Moo 5, Tumbon Wiang Phang Kham, Amphoe Mae Sai, Changwat Chiang Rai 57130
Phone : 08 9429 0205, 0 5364 6995
Website : http://www.goodnighthouse.com
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Price Rates : 400 - 1,500 THB
Number of Rooms : 16 rooms


Huay Nam Rin Resort
120 Moo 2 Ban Doi Ngam, Tumbon Wiang Phang Kham, Amphoe Mae Sai, Changwat Chiang Rai 57130
Phone : 0 5364 0751, 08 1884 3242
Website : http://www.huainamrinresort.com
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Price Rates : 700 - 5,600 THB
Number of Rooms : 49 rooms


Hueankham Resort
121 Moo 5, Tumbon Wiang Phang Kham, Amphoe Mae Sai, Changwat Chiang Rai 57130
Phone : 0 5364 0761-2, 0 5373 3611-2, 08 1531 1175, 08 1882 5758
Website : http://www.silamaneeresort.com
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Price Rates : 600 - 1,000 THB
Number of Rooms : 30 rooms


Krishna Resort
266 Moo 2 Muang Deang Rd. Soi 8, Tumbon Mae Sai, Amphoe Mae Sai, Changwat Chiang Rai 57130
Phone : 08 1724 0724, 0 5373 3888
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Price Rates : 250 - 1,000 THB
Number of Rooms : 24 rooms0 Unit


Madee Resort
232 /1 Moo 10, Tumbon Wiang Phang Kham, Amphoe Mae Sai, Changwat Chiang Rai 57130
Phone : 0 5364 2412, 08 6184 3618
Price Rates : 250 - 800 THB
Number of Rooms : 15 rooms


Mae Sai Hotel
125/5 Phahol Yothin Rd., Tumbon Mae Sai, Amphoe Mae Sai, Changwat Chiang Rai 57130
Phone : 0 5373 1462
Price Rates : 250 - 700 THB
Number of Rooms : 45 rooms


Patcharaporn Resort
91/1 Moo 8 Ban Pa Meuad, Tumbon Wiang Phang Kham, Amphoe Mae Sai, Changwat Chiang Rai 57130
Phone : 0 5373 2245, 08 9756 1113
Website : http://www.phatcharapornresort.9nha.com
Price Rates : 400 - 2,000 THB
Number of Rooms : 20 rooms


Phon Rue Di Hotel
499 Moo 9, Tumbon Wiang Phang Kham, Amphoe Mae Sai, Changwat Chiang Rai 57130
Phone : 0 5373 4349, 08 6044 0576
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Price Rates : 199 - 600 THB
Number of Rooms : 23 rooms


Phu View Resort
685 Moo 3, Tumbon Wiang Phang Kham, Amphoe Mae Sai, Changwat Chiang Rai 57130
Phone : 0 5364 0033, 08 4177 1791, 08 9147 1548, 08 1481 1476
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Price Rates : 1,000 - 1,500 THB
Number of Rooms : 12 rooms


Phutawan Maesai Resort
414-10, Tumbon Wiang Phang Kham, Amphoe Mae Sai, Changwat Chiang Rai 57130
Phone : 0 5364 0727, 08 6913 9502, 0 2967 8029, 08 1906 3941
Website : http://www.phutawanmaesairesort.com
Price Rates : 400 - 1,800 THB
Number of Rooms : 36 rooms


Piyaporn Place Hotel
77/1 Moo 1 Phahol yotin Rd., Tumbon Wiang Phang Kham, Amphoe Mae Sai, Changwat Chiang Rai 57130
Phone : 0 5373 4511-3, 0 5364 2113-5
Website : http://www.piyaporn-place.com
Price Rates : 800 - 1,800 THB
Number of Rooms : 78 rooms


Sorn Kaew Resort
579 Moo 1, Tumbon Wiang Phang Kham, Amphoe Mae Sai, Changwat Chiang Rai 57130
Phone : 0 5364 0505, 0 5373 7801, 08 5030 8100
Website : http://www.sornkaewresort.com
Price Rates : 700 - 6,000 THB
Number of Rooms : 23 rooms


Suphawadee Resort
33 Moo 2, Tumbon Wiang Phang Kham, Amphoe Mae Sai, Changwat Chiang Rai 57130
Phone : 0 5373 3532, 08 7090 9177
Price Rates : 500 - 1,200 THB
Number of Rooms : 18 rooms


Thai Thong Hotel
6 Moo 7 Phahonyothin Rd., Tumbon Mae Sai, Amphoe Mae Sai, Changwat Chiang Rai 57130
Phone : 0 5373 1975-6
Website : http://thaithonghotel.com
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Price Rates : 600 - 1,500 THB
Number of Rooms : 47 rooms


Umporn Resort
11 Moo 5 Phahon Yothin Rd., Tumbon Wiang Phang Kham, Amphoe Mae Sai, Changwat Chiang Rai 57130
Phone : 0 5373 1769, 0 5364 6369, 08 6670 8498
Website : http://www.umpornresort.com
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Price Rates : 500 - 3,500 THB
Number of Rooms : 30 rooms


Wan Li Ya Resort
479 Moo 10, Tumbon Wiang Phang Kham, Amphoe Mae Sai, Changwat Chiang Rai 57130
Phone : 0 5364 2755, 08 5031 1981, 08 1952 8291
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Price Rates : 600 - 3,000 THB
Number of Rooms : 22 rooms


Wang Tong Hotel Maesai
299 Moo 7 Phahonyothin Rd., Tumbon Mae Sai, Amphoe Mae Sai, Changwat Chiang Rai 57130
Phone : 0 5373 3388-95, 08 9756 9986
Website : http://www.wangthong-maesai.com
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Price Rates : 850 - 3,500 THB
Number of Rooms : 140 rooms


Yeesun Guesthouse
816/13 Moo 1, Tumbon Wiang Phang Kham, Amphoe Mae Sai, Changwat Chiang Rai 57130
Phone : 0 5373 3455, 08 6196 4911
Website : http://www.yeesunguesthouse.com
Price Rates : 400 - 700 THB
Number of Rooms : 11 rooms


Yunan Hotel
142 Moo 3 Phahonyothin Rd., Tumbon Wiang Phang Kham, Amphoe Mae Sai, Changwat Chiang Rai 57130
Phone : 0 5364 2169-70
Price Rates : 400 - 500 THB
Number of Rooms : 30 rooms





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