Claes Johansson Asia 2010 travel blog

The Thai-Burmese border in Mae Sai.

On my way to Myanmar.

Burmese beer.

One side of the Mae Sai River is Thailand, other side is...

View over Tachileik from a rooftop.

8 April.

One of main reasons of this mini trip to Chiang Rai Province was that I must go out of Thailand one more time, because of visa rules and Mae Sai is the closest border crossing. For the moment I am only aloud to be here in Thailand until the 13:th of April, but my flight don’t go until the 21:th of April, so for the moment, I am missing 8 day’s. When I go out of Thailand and returns, I will have 15 new days, which is more than enough for me. To get to Mae Sai, took me two hours by bus. The paperwork at the bridge went smooth and then I was in Tachileik, Myanmar. There I had to give away my passport and instead I received some sort of a temporary one-time passport, then I was welcome to visit Tachileik during the day. Tachileik gave me same feelings as when I visited Myawaddy earlier. Burma is not the same as Thailand. I spend some hour by looking on the market on the Burmese side. In the end, I ended up at the very same restaurant as I did for 12 years ago. To drink Burmese beer was a new experience for me. After that I walked back over the bridge to Thailand again. In the early evening, I was back in Chiang Rai again. Once again, I spend the rest of the evening in the Night bazaar.

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