Aug 27, 2015

Mae Sot แม่สอด - The Gateway between Thailand and Myanmar

See the locations on Mae Sot Google Map

Picture by Ashley Jonathan Clements

"A little bit of Myanmar without leaving Thailand": The title of a story by Bangkok Post characterizes the laid-back town of Mae Sot, which is separated from Myanmar by the Moei River. Mae Sot is home to ethnic groups such as the Karen, Hmong and Lahu, as well as Myanmar migrant workers. More than 100000 Myanmar people live in the town due to estimations, working in factories, on construction sites and in the guesthouse and hotel business. Mae Sot is a trade hub for gems and teak imported from Myanmar.

Picture by Axel Drainville
Mae Sot border market

Picture by Dan Woods

Picture by Dan Woods

Picture by Dan Woods
Gems from Myanmar

Picture by kimtetsu
Moei River

Picture Mikhail Esteves
River between the two countries

Picture by François Philipp

Picture by U.S. Embassy Bangkok

Wat Manee Praison วัดมณีไพรสณฑ์: Wat Manee Praison has been renovated at the end of 2012. It has a wihan with reflecting tiles on the outside and a Mon-style chedi. it houses more than 500000 Myanmar-style seated Buddha images inside its praying hall.

Picture by Yosomono
Buddha in Wat Mani

Picture by Davy Demaline

Picture by Davi Demaline

Wat Chumphon Khiri วัดชุมพลคีรี: It has a golden pagoda built in the style of the famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon.

Picture by Asfintesco

Wat Thai Wattanaram วัดไทยวัฒนาราม: This temple houses a reclining Buddha built in the style of Myanmar.

Centara Mae Sot Hill Resort: "A renovation would be welcome", say some of the guests on Quite good reviews. Has a swimming pool.

Irawadee Resort: From 1200 Bath. 758/1-2 Intrarakeeree road. A little gem with very clean rooms and friendly staff, some restaurants nearby, according to reviews on

Pictures by Irawadee Resort

Teak Villa with garden in Mae Sot: Designed and landscaped by the owner, who is himself an architect.

Picture by Mikhail Esteves
Mae La refugee camp

Picture by Mikhail Esteves

Wat Phra That Doi Hin Kew: A golden pagoda built on top of a gold-painted rock over a cliff in the forest.

Picture by Takeaway

Thee Lor Sue Waterfall: (also The Lor Sue, Thee Lor Sue or Te-law-zue). It is said to be the largest and highest waterfall in Thailand. It stands 250 metres high and nearly 450 metres wide on the Mae Klong River, flowing down from Huai Klotho into the Umphang Wildlife Sanctuary.

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