Mae Sai District is Thailand’s northernmost district is approximately 62 kilometers from Chiang Rai on Highway no.110. Serving as the border town with a bridge crossing over the Mae Sai River, connected with Myanmar’s Tha Khi Lek, Mae Sai is always busy with people crossing the borders, from locals making trades to tourists passing for traveling trips. There are also choices of tour services to nearby cities, such as Myanmar’s Chiang Tung that is approximately 160 kilometers to the north.
Where to go:
1. Wat Phra That Doi Wao Temple
The story goes that King Wao built this place in 364 B.E., to give respect to Gautama, the Buddha, by preserving his hair. The temple deteriorated multiple times but it has been restored and undergoes proper maintenance. When major restoration took place earlier, the Buddha relics were kept in the pagoda. The trees on the property create shadows in some places and are very pleasant places to sit and meditate in the Buddhist way of meditation.
2. Mae Sai Border Gate to Burma
Mae Sai is one of gate that can pass to Burma by use ID card or passport. If you plan to visit eastern Myanmar by crossing the Mae Sai Border control post to visit the adjoining Burmese town of Tachileik. You can deposit your passport or ID card at immigration and pay the requisite fee and wander around Tachileik and explore its beauty.
How to get there:
Reaching Mae Sai is not a difficult task. You can hire a car from Chiang Rai and drive along Highway 110. It won’t take much time to cover the 60 to 61 kilometers. Mae Sai is a one-street town and can be covered easily on foot.