Mae Sot Travel Guide
Fifty miles from the capital city of Tak Province, Mae Sot sits on Thailand’s border with Myanmar where the AH1 Asian Highway crosses. This is arguably the most important link between the two countries.
Myawaddy is across the border from Mae Sot, and it’s possible to cross via the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge which was built more than a decade ago. The border is generally open during daylight hours, and international visitors may cross to explore the market but are not permitted to stay the night.
The only reason tourists go to Mae Sot is make use of the border crossing and renew their visa. The marketplace is novel and deals in a mixture of contraband and above-board goods. Gems are the most notable items for sale though everyday tourists are warned against investing much money in what’s likely to be convincing fake.
Things to Do
Mae Sot Attractions
- Mae Sot Temple
The main temple in mae sot operates a sauna that’s open to the public and charges a modest admission fee.
The municipal marketplace deals in a tantalizing spread of diverse ethnic foods, handicrafts, gems and textiles.