Border Exploration at Mae Sai

Border Exploration
at Mae Sai

Border towns thrive with trading experts, and Mae Sai is no exception. Taking a picture at
Thailand’s northern-most point, with Myanmar a few steps further, this town is the
centre for gem-trading and for visitors to take a peek into its way of life.

WHY THIS TOUR?

What makes Mae Sai such a wonderful place, high up in the north? It is coming and going of all levels of society, seeking new means to trade and finding the latest news from across the border. This is taken up from the perspective of its residents and Burmese day visitors who come over to explore one of Thailand’s centres for precious stones and gems.

Mae Sai also has been on the radar for many years because of its crisp mountain air, home of numerous hill tribes that convene here too in search for making a living. Small in size, but packing a half-day full with exploration and mingling with the gem-loving locals at Thailand Northernmost Point will bring you as close as possible to a highlight of the Golden Triangle area.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Border Exploration at Mae Sai

08:30 - 12:30
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13;30 - 17:30

Your guide and driver will be waiting for you at your Chiang Rai hotel lobby from where we head out northbound towards Mae Sai, a 60-kilometre ride, connecting Thailand with Thakhilek in Myanmar. En route, we make a stop at Baan Wang Lao, one of the few villages where traditional forms of handicraft still form the core of the residents’ steady income. Together with your guide, the walk through the village with locals showcasing their work gives you an insight into something unmissable Thai.

Our destination is Mae Sai, better known as ’the northern-most point of Thailand’. Surrounded by mountains, this small border town is one of the overland border crossings from Thailand into Myanmar. It is also the ideal market for gem lovers, where numerous kinds of precious stones from Myanmar, such as rubies, emeralds, and jade are for sale. You will have ample time to walk around and see for yourself what is for sale here. If you are interested in buying something, don’t forget to barter – it is the only way to trade in this part of the world, and the success of your haggling skills will certainly deliver some smiles.

Pitched perfectly on the way from Mae Sai back to Chiang Rai, the Wat Tham Pla is a site to behold and cannot go amiss when exploring the north. Better known as the Fish Cave Temple, aside from its religious corners, and as the name implies, the ponds in this cave-style temple complex are home to various fish and has a community of wild monkeys roaming freely over the temple grounds and on top of its roofs.

It is time to head back to Chiang Rai via the same way as we came and will bring you back to your Chiang Rai hotel after approximately 4 hours.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A half-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver.
  • All entrance and donation fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on full private basis with English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request / subject to availability and supplementary charges may apply.
  • Transfers are only operated within the downtown Chiang Rai areas and restricted to main hotels only. Regions outside the central business district such as Fang, Thaton, Chiang Saen, Chiang Khong, Mae Sai, any surrounding mountain resort outside the Chiang Rai city borders and Chiang Rai International Airport are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users. Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion
  • We always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • There will be ample time for customers to spend time on their own to admire the sites at their own pace or browse along the shops for souvenirs. When additional time needs to be allocated for more time at leisure or shopping, this can be discussed with the guide on spot.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • We recommend wearing light, comfortable cotton clothing and comfortable shoes.
  • This tour does not include crossing the border into Myanmar (Thakhilek), due to time constraints.

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