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The town of Mae Sai in the Chiang Rai Province in northern Thailand is a major border crossing between Thailand and Myanmar. When we reached Mae Sai, our tour guide informed us that we had exactly half an hour to spend in Mae Sai suggesting that we explore the markets. But the alternative, crossing into Myanmar, getting our passports stamped and crossing back immediately, excited us more and we decided to go for it.

For non-Burmese nationals crossing into Myanmar, one-day passes are issued at Myanmar customs in Tachileik. Passports are confiscated and a temporary travel permit is issued; the permit is exchanged for the traveler's passport upon crossing back into Thailand.

As we crossed the border from Mae Sai, our passport was stamped by Thai immigration and we walked over a bridge towards Tachilek, the town on the Myanmar side. We headed to the clearly marked Immigration Office, handed over our passports, had our pictures taken with a small logitech webcam. We paid the US $10 visa fees and collected temporary permits which allowed us to enter Tachileik. As we had very limited time, we barely walked a few yards and after taking some quick photos we turned back and headed in the opposite direction.

On the return, you go back to the Myanmar customs office on the opposite side of the road from where you entered and swap your receipt for your passport. Since we returned in a few minutes our passport had not made its way to the other side and the official had to scoot across the road and fetch it for us. The passport had been stamped clearly indicating we had walked across the border. We then simply walked back over the bridge to the Thai Immigration office. Here the Thai officials stamped our passport again allowing us to reenter Thailand.

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Thailand 2009 - Chiang Mai, Golden Triangle, Ayutthaya, Bangkok, Kanchanaburi