Mae Sai, bordering with Myanmar by Sai river, and the northern most city in Thailand. Farangs flock in to do the visa run, locals cross the line to trade, if you can forget about a night life and the bar scene, this one street strip makes good fun for a day.
You will take a Songtaew from the bus terminal to the town centre(border) to avoid walking 3kms in the scorching sun. 15Baht per person and get off when the truck makes a U-turn at the border.
Lots of souvenir shops and fruit vendors cater for the Chinese businessman and the day trippers from all over the world.
We bought some sarungs(or salung) at 100Baht each and the price was best so far even cheaper than Warorot market in Chiang Mai.
Just before the border, nearly end of the souvenir shop lane leads uphill to the temple with steep stairs guarded by two dragons.
Stupas and the religious guardians on top of the hill.
Walk down a bit to the look-out gives a panoramic views out to Myanmar villages set in before the mountains.
To the local, this temple is known as ‘Scorpion temple’ that self explains with this monument.
Down by the river that cuts across the border line, it’s Myanmar other side of the river.
Myanmar mangoes are sold in Thai side of the border at 50Baht a kg.
We were supposed to take a round trip to Golden Triangle and further to Chiang Saen, finally back to Chiang Rai, but my daughter was crooked under the Thai heat and street fume. Sat in the cafe for her to cool down, getting worse.
Took a Rot-Too(minibus) back to Chiang Rai and time for an acupuncture to treat you-don’t-know-what-to-do type of ailment. Being a backyard acupuncturist if you like to call me, I know what I am doing.