Mae Sot TravelTours to Mae Sot
It is now a haven for Myanmar friars and home to a giants, 46. 5 meter long lying Buddha in Burmesian look, i.e. with more distinctive eye liner and hot erotic expression. Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge across the riverbank opens every morning and travellers can take a brief look at the neighbouring countries, as they can make a full excursion across the frontier without having to apply for a permit.
It allows you to see some Buddhist monasteries, such as the Gold Pagoda (or Jedi Tanga in Thai), which is not dissimilar to the famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon and houses a gold Buddha picture that is a copy of the Mahamuni Buddha picture in Mandalay. Another attraction that is well deserved a stop is the Temple of Crocodiles, where you will see a giant sculpture of crocodiles with a small gazebo on its back.
Until you return to Thailand, don't miss the opportunity to visit Bogyoke Street (near the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge) with its nice antiques shops or the lively Myawaddee Market for a lively flavour of Myanmar cuisine. However, to avoid all the trouble, Thai travel agencies are offering B1,200-B1,300 daily excursions, which include all costs (gas and registration fee) plus a chauffeur who can talk Myanmar.
When you want to buy some jewellery without going over the frontier, you will pass Prasartwithee Road, where there is a large jewellery town. Begin your day with a walk to Siripanich Road in quest of the delicious Roti Ong (151 Siripanich Road, 5.00-9.00 am). If you want the more famous roasted one, go to Store Ocha (5/1 Isambamrung Road, 055-531-786, 4am-5pm), where they sell it for as low as 3 B per one.
The Mae Sot Market on Prasatwithee Road sells Thailand and Burma delicacies all days. Maitree Baan (80 Asia Road, 055-533-334, 084-382-8839, www.baanmaitee.com). A new two-storey building on Asia Road offering inexpensive, neat rooms with free Wi-Fi on the B450 per room per bed and breakfasts. Iraqi Mountain Resort (758/1-2 Intarakhiri Road, 055-535 430, 080-771-0938, www.irawadee.com).