Border Exploration at Mae Sai
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.
08:30 - 12:30
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.