Mae sot is a district and a town located in the larger Tak province of Thailand. It borders the Burmese town of Myawaddy with the Moei River acting as the natural border between the two countries. Due to its border position, it is the main gateway of trade between Thailand and Burma (Myanmar).

5 things you need to know about Mae Sot
5 things you need to know about Mae Sot

Mae sot is a district and a town located in the larger Tak province of Thailand. It borders the Burmese town of Myawaddy with the Moei River acting as the natural border between the two countries. Due to its border position, it is the main gateway of trade between Thailand and Burma (Myanmar).

The most traded goods are gems and teak. Unfortunately, the town has also gained notoriety for black market trade such as people and drug trafficking...however; this is a tag that the town officials have worked very hard to shed and a reason why there has been a large increase in the number of people visiting the town.

Below are some things you need to know about the town.

1. Never visit this town without somebody else knowing you are headed there. As earlier indicated, the town has been notorious in people and drug trafficking and although the trade has largely been eliminated, you are better off safe than sorry.

2. Cash is better, but beware the thieves - Most businesses here operate on cash basis and thus your credit card might be useless. It is better to carry cash, but make sure you carry it safely. You do not want to have your hard earned cash stolen.

3. The culture here is very diverse - There is a huge population of Burmese people in this region who came to Thailand as refugee. They have managed to bring their culinary delights as well as cultural festivals in the town. It is the best place to experience Burmese culture outside Burma.

4. The Friendship Bridge - As a show of unity the Thai and Myanmar governments built a bridge linking the two countries across the Moei River. Today, it is one of the busiest bridges in the both Thailand and Myanmar.

5. Exploring the nature - Make sure you explore the ecosystem that surrounds the Moei River, but do not make a mistake of crossing over to Burma without a visa. The Burmese do not take kindly to people - especially westerners - who go to their country without their authority. You do not want to acquire the tag 'spy' when on Burmese soil.

There are other private things you can do in Mae Sot, but the nature of this blog does not allow me to comment on that...seek ye them and you will get them.


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