Mae Sai District – Attractions in Mae Sai
Mae Sai is quite an underestimated town as many visitors just breeze past it on their way to a Myanmar borderrun. But if you would like to visit an authentic Thai border town there is much to see here for you. Tourists come to Maesai to see the border and shop stuffs that are imported from nearby countries. Visitor would be able to shop cheap jewels that are imported from Myanmar and also antiques mainly from China.
Mae Sai Border
Mae Sai Border which is about 62 kilometers from the provincial seat on Highway No. 110 is Thailand’s northern-most district. Mae Sai borders on Myanmar’s Tha Khi Lek marked by the Mae Sai River with a bridge spanning both sides. Foreign visitors are allowed to cross over to Tha Khi Lek market by presenting their passports and paying a fee at the Maesai immigration checkpoint. In addition, there are tour services to Chiang Tung in Myanmar, which is approximately 160 kilometers north by road. The town presents great shopping opportunities for buying popular Thai, Burmese and Chinese goods.
Doi Nang Non (Tum Luang – Khun Naam Nang Non)
Doi Nang Non (Sleeping Woman Mountain) is an unusual land feature. Located on the western side of the highway between Chiang Rai and Maesai. The silhouette of the mountain range takes the shape of a reclining woman with long hair when seen from certain angles.
There are a number of caves and streams in these limestone mountains: Tum Luang and Khun Naam Nang Non are popular local tourist attractions.
Tham Pum-Tham Pla (Reed & Fish Caverns)
Tham Pum-Tham Pla : Located 1 kilometre north of Khun Nam Nang Non, these caves are known for their spectacular interiors.
Tham Pha Chom
Tham Pha Chom : 2.5 kilometres west of Mae Sai, is noted for its beautiful stalactites and as a place for meditation.
Phra That Doi Tung
Phra That Doi Tung is situated on top of Doi Tung Mountain, the highest mountain in Chiang Rai Province with an elevation of approximately 2,000 meters, about 50 kilometers south of Maesai town which is near the Myanmar border. The temple can be reached via a 40-kilometer mountain road which meanders along the mountainside. The journey is worthwhile as the panoramic views into Laos and Myanmar at the peak are spectacular.
Phra That Doi Tung was constructed in the 10th century and was renovated by Chiang Rai’s most famous ruler King Mengrai during the 13th century and by the famous Chiang Mai monk, Khru Ba Siwichai, at the turn of the 20th century. The temple complex is comprised of twin Lanna style chedis, one of which is said to contain the left collarbone of the Lord Buddha. Throughout the year, the holy relic draws devout Buddhists from all over Thailand, Laos and Myanmar.
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