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Chiang Rai : Mae-Sai (The northern-most point in Thailand)

   แม่สาย : Mae Saiis the northernmost district (amphoe) of Chiang Rai (เชียงราย)1 of 8 Province of Lanna (North). The town of Mae Sai is a major border crossing between Thailand and Myanmar Or Burma.  Mae Sai is advertised as the 'northern-most point in Thailand.'  You have brought your passport. Get the visa at the border checkpoint walk across the bridge and you are in Myanmar or Burma.  It is a matter of just 2 minutes but in these 2 minutes you enter an entirely different world. The atmosphere is remarkably different from the one in Thailand. Hire a Burmese rickshaw driver to take you around Tachilek and inspect the temples and markets. There are lots of shops that offer Burmese specialties like longyis (sarong-like skirts), Cheroots (Burmese cigars) or acquerware - unfortunately also things like tiger claws and other animal parts. Don't buy these as you will get plenty of trouble with the custom's office in your home country if you try to import them. After you return from Tachilek to Mae Sai you can continue shopping there, some of the souvenirs, especially lacquer ware, are quite pretty, others you should avoid, in particular glass tones in various colours that are sold as gemstones. Mae Sai is also a center of jade trading and if you are interested you can visit some of the workshops to see the jade in its raw state and the methods that are used to process it.

    Travel :  Bangkok go to Chiang Rai with Airplane , Car , Bus

              Chiang Rai go to Mae Sai   with Car and Bus

-- Edited by wanphen on Wednesday 24th of March 2010 02:16:25 PM

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