Ullan Adventures header image ≡ Menu

Border Crossing – Mae Sai, Thailand to Tachileik, Myanmar

175a

Upon arriving in Mae Sai, Thailand, we hit the literal end-of-the-road.  Here is where Thailand ends and across a little river is Myanmar (formerly Burma).

After parking, finding a bathroom (not the easiest feat) and wandering a few blocks, we were at the border crossing.

Near the border Mae Sai, Thailand

Near the border Mae Sai, Thailand

151

First up is leaving Thailand.  You go on the left side of the road, get stamped out by Thailand immigration, and off  you go across the bridge to Myanmar.

152 157

Once you get to Myanmar, you cross to the right side, and enter a little room to get your visa and entry stamp into Myanmar.  We wanted to actually enter Myanmar and shop in the little market there, so we got our stamps, had our picture taken, paid a fee, and off we went into Myanmar.  For the day shopping trip, you leave your passports with the Myanmar officials.   Feels weird, but it’s ok – they just walk them to the other side and you pick them up on your way out.

Myanmar was more rustic that I expected.  As a whole country, I knew it was less developed than most of Thailand, but I figured the border would be very similar as lots of Thais hop over every day to shop.  I also expected the market to be bigger and more obvious but it really wasn’t.  We only spent about 1 hour there and only bought Mara a little ring.

Beware – they drive on the right side, so if you’re used to left-hand traffic in Thailand, this is different.

Tachileik, Myanmar:

161 164 165 167 171

After we were done, it was back to the Myanmar border to get our passports, get our exit stamp and walk back over to Thailand.

Bridge connecting Myanmar and Thailand

Bridge connecting Myanmar and Thailand

180 182

Mae Sai River between Myanmar and Thailand

Ruak River between Myanmar and Thailand

Entering Thailand again

Entering Thailand again

Once back on the Thailand side, we filled out the necessary paperwork, got our pictures taken again, and got stamped back into Thailand.  Woohoo, we’re legal for another 60 days!

From the border, it was a quest for some lunch, seeing a random elephant walking down the street, then back to our car and off for the Golden Triangle!

Mae Sai, Thailand

Mae Sai, Thailand

Its not every day you see an elephant walking down the street

Its not every day you see an elephant walking down the street

Comments on this entry are closed.