Mae Sai and Tha Ton

Tha Ton is a village along the Kok riverside, 24 km north of Amphoe Fang, Chiang Mai. Long-tailed boat with pilot are available for traveling.

I was with an italian friend and definitely I keep a good memory of this small Thai village that hosted us one night waiting to get the boat to Chiang Rai.

The view from the temple on the hill is amazing, beside the trip along the river Kok was absolutely nice and I do recommend to reach Chiang Rai in this way instead of the usual road from Chiang Mai.

Northern Thailand, river Kok.Northern Thailand, river Kok, stop at elephant camp. Northern Thailand, river Kok.
Northern Thailand, woman of the hill tribes Akha.Northern Thailand, Mae Sai, the northern city of Thailand.Northern Thailand, woman of the hill tribes Akha.
Northern Thailand, view of the Mekong river near the Golden Triangle.Northern Thailand, street along the Mekong river, near the Golden Triangle.

Mae Sai is the northernmost district of Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand.

It is a major border crossing between Thailand and Burma, which Asian Highway Network AH2 crossing the Mae Sai River to the town Tachileik in Burma.

One day passes for non-Burma nationals are issued at Burma customs in Tachileik, passports are confiscated and a travel temporary travel permit is issued which is exchanged for your passport upon crossing back into Thailand. It is possible only visit Tachileik.

I’m quite familiar with Mae Sai, when I was living in Chiang Mai I was used to go there every three months for visa issues and cheap shopping.

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