Thailand / Myanmar border crossing at Mae Sai / Tachilek

Thailand / Myanmar border crossing at Mae Sai / Tachilek

The Thailand / Myanmar border crossing at Mae Sai / Tachilek is the northern most point of Thailand and provides entry into the Shan State of eastern Myanmar. Mae Sai / Tachilek is a popular destination for residents of Thailand’s north, especially for long-term foreign residents, or tourists needing to gain an extension to the time they are able to stay in Thailand.

Leaving Chiang Mai by bus at 9am in the morning it is possible to reach the Thailand / Myanmar border at Mae Sai / Tachilek by lunch time, and be back in Chiang Mai with a newly activated Thailand entry stamp in time for a late nights dinner, providing only a couple of hours is spent wandering the labyrinth of street stall that comprise the Tachilek market.


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John Le Fevre is an Australian national with more than 30 years’ experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia and previously held senior editorial staff positions with various Southeast Asia English language publications and international news agencies.

He has covered major world events including the 1991 pillage riots in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, the 2009 Songkran riots in Bangkok, and the 2010 ant-government Bangkok protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

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