Me Sai

Me Sai

Me Sai (or Mae Sai, eng. Mae Sai is a small town on the border of Thailand and Myanmar, in Chiang Rai Province. Me Sai got its name from the river on one of the banks of which it is located.

Me Sai on map


The city of Mae Sai is little known to tourists, except that it is here that the highway leading from Bangkok to the north of Thailand ends. Mae Sai has always been a transit point of trade and a checkpoint between the two countries and is still famous for its large market of goods.

Nevertheless, the places here are quite picturesque and the curious tourist will always have something to see.

Mae Sai, Chiang Rai Province, Thailand

The main street of Mae Sai, aka the highway from Bangkok, runs through the whole city and reaches right to the border. There is a large market in Mae Sai.

Surroundings of Mae Sai, Chiang Rai, Thailand

Tourist buses with sightseeing tours to the Golden Triangle, the place where Thailand, Laos and Myanmar touch, drop off passengers here for sightseeing.

The Golden Triangle – Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Northern Thailand

What to see

Thai-Burmese Border Gate

Pha Hi Observation Deck

Wat Phra That Doi Wao Temple

Observation deck and Arboretum Than Patibatkan Doi Chang Mub

Doi Pha Hom Pok National Park

Thamluang Khunnam Nangnon National Park

Lam Nam Kok National Park

Mae Charim National Park

Doi Suthep-Pui National Park

Sai Yok National Park

Huai Mae Sai Waterfall

How to get

Mae Sai is located in the north of Chiang Rai Province. The main highway No. 1 runs from Bangkok to the border with Myanmar, so it will be quite easy to get to Me Sai.

By bus or minibus

It takes 1.5 hours by bus from Chiang Rai to Mai Sai. From Chiang Mai – 4 hours. Buses stop at the bus station, and from there you can take Song theo to the market and the border with Burma.

By car

The fastest and most comfortable way to travel in Thailand is to rent a car. Follow the Highway No. 1 by car. On the stretch from Chiang Mai to Chiang Rai, be careful – the road is full of serpentines.

On a motorbike

A trip around Thailand on a motorbike will require certain skills and abilities. The option to get to Me Sai in this way is possible, but it may seem quite difficult for inexperienced drivers: the road is full of sharp turns and mountain passes.

As part of a tour group

Many tourist organizations provide places as part of tour groups from Chiang Mai to the North of Thailand, stopping by in Mai Sai.

Border crossing between Thailand and Myanmar

The border crossing between Burma and Thailand, Mae Sai

If you have a visa to Myanmar, which can be obtained at home, as well as in Moscow, Bangkok and other capitals, traveling across the border will not be difficult.

With an open visa, you can visit the cities of Myanmar Tachilek and Kengtung in Myanmar, these cities have airports connecting this area of Myanmar with the larger cities of Mandalay and Yangon.


March 23, 2024

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