Tachileik in Shan State
Tachileik in Shan State, Myanmar
Just across the river from Mae Sai in Thailand sits Tachileik, the main border town between Northern Thailand and Myanmar. Due to its position close to Thailand and not far from a border crossing with China, Tachileik has become a bustling, modern town with an international flare quite unlike any other place in Myanmar.
Border trade in that area surges not only with the produce from Myanmar and Thailand but also with goods from China through Myanmar-China border to Thailand and goods from Thailand through Myanmar-Thai border to China. Tachileik is also known as Myanmar’s gate way to the Golden Triangle area.
The trading town also serves as a gateway to visit Kyaing Tong – a small, cozy city surrounded by villages of ethnic tribes and about four hours drive from Tachileik – for tourists crossing Myanmar-Thai border. The border crossing permission for limited number days can easily be applied at the border check point.
Since tourism regulations have only recently loosened in Myanmar, Tachileik only has a few things to do, making it fun for a quick stopover. One of the most popular attractions is the labyrinthine border market popular with day trippers from Thailand. Shwedagon Paya, the town’s gilded pagoda, is also worth a look.