Maesai Border is the northern-most district of Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand. It is about 62 kilometers north of Chiang Rai City and has easy access along the main highway. There is a large market on the main road. Many small shops line both sides of the street. Maesai Border is famous for cheap jewels (jade, emerald, rubies) and cheap curio from China.
The town of Maesai is also a major border crossing between Thailand and Burma. Asian Highway Network AH2 (Thailand Route 1 or Phahonyothin Road) crosses the Maesai River to the town Tachileik in Burma.
Foreign visitors are allowed to cross over to Burmese border town of Tachileik. Passports will be temporarily seized and a short-term travel permit will be issued; the permit will be exchanged back for the traveler’s passports when crossing back into Thailand.
How to get there: Maesai Border is 62 km from Chiang Rai on Highway No. 110.