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4 minutes ago, sceadugenga said:

I've known him through the forum for many years, I'd say he goes for long walks or rides his bike.

All pretty harmless.

You can only stay in the town , cannot go more than a few K's , due to road blocks and security and not a proper visa

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He has some posts on traveling in the general area in this thread if you want to take a look.

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On 8/7/2017 at 6:21 PM, sanemax said:

Why do you keep going there , or can you not say why, on here ?

Some of us with certain visas ,mine a M-O ,have to cross a border every 3 months .For me living in Chiang mai ,Mae sai is the nearest .

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Anything worth buying in TACHILEK market these day ? Some thing significantly cheaper than in Chiang mai .

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Not much, it's the usual dodgy tack you find in most border town markets.

I'd imagine that the shonky DVDs would have lost popularity with the ease of downloading media these days.

 

The duty free store opposite immigration is always worth a look if you drink.

 

I usually go home with bags of cashews and pistachio nuts from the MaeSai side.

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12 hours ago, sceadugenga said:

Not much, it's the usual dodgy tack you find in most border town markets.

I'd imagine that the shonky DVDs would have lost popularity with the ease of downloading media these days.

 

The duty free store opposite immigration is always worth a look if you drink.

 

I usually go home with bags of cashews and pistachio nuts from the MaeSai side.

Yes ,and their selection was far less last time i visited .Anyway i will scout around and maybe something will catch my eye .

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On 8/7/2017 at 6:30 PM, sanemax said:

You can only stay in the town , cannot go more than a few K's , due to road blocks and security and not a proper visa

                             More than a few times, I've skirted around border patrol kiosks at the edges of town.  It's mostly for the little thrill of doing it.  One time recently, I strolled for 2 hours through hills NW of Tachilek and it was nothing by rubber trees.  Barely anything else growing for dozens of acres of hills.  They must spray chemi heavily to keep down weeds.  It was somewhat depressing, when there's but one viewable species in such a vast area.  Methinks it was a Burmese general who came along, maybe 20 yrs ago, and just commandeered the hills, and put in a million rubber trees. I only saw 3 people in 2 hours, and they were just gathering sticks for firewood.

 

On 8/8/2017 at 10:38 PM, anto said:

Anything worth buying in TACHILEK market these day ? Some thing significantly cheaper than in Chiang mai .

                         If a person is in to wild animal parts, there are still some vendors for those.  No more full tiger or leopard pelts (not on public display, anyway), but lots of dried bear bile sacks, tiger teeth (probably dog teeth), pieces of large cat hide, Buffalo horn, and what looks like baby elephant tusks.   20 years ago, when there were tiger skins hanging at the market, I took some photos and posted them online.  Not surprisingly, the vendors looked at me angrily while I was taking pics.   3 months after the photos went online (with commentary) no more pelts were displayed openly.  Perhaps Burmese authorities got shamed into shutting it down to some extent.   Next step: the aforementioned bear bile sacks, and tiger teeth.   

 

                         My Burmese friend, Slim, told me about an Englishman who he guided, who was searching to buy monkey skulls.  Yuk!    Another guy, from Indonesia, contacted Slim about rosewood lumber.  Of course, rosewood is a highly restricted item, but Chinese businessmen are desperate for all sorts of restricted items.  The Indonesian was hired by a Chinese company to get rosewood from Shan State - by any means, ...money was no problem.   Note: I saw a photo of a nice double bed online, made from rosewood.  Price:  $1 million !  It wasn't antique, but it had 4 posts, like what a rich man would buy for his princess daughter.    A cubic meter of rosewood planks can cost up to us$60,000 !    

 

A hill tribe friend of mine, in Thailand, near Hoy Mae Sai, says he knows of a giant rosewood tree near his village.  He knows I have access to a chainsaw with a long bar (and know how to use it).  At first, I was interested, but more recently, I've advised him not to cut it down.  It can serve as a mother tree for seedlings.   There's a very large rosewood tree at the Thai side near Laos.    It has a permanent 24-hr guard of Thai soldiers camped there.  The guards' sole duty:  make sure the tree doesn't get cut down.

 

 

 

 

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A friend got good silver jewelry there a few years back, he had it checked when he got home and it was a lot better than some he bought in Chiang Mai market.

Pure luck, I've no idea how you would tell when buying.

 

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Went yesterday- all is good


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in today's Nation newspaper, article on Mae Sai and Tachilek flooding...

nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30324182

 

                  I'm going to Tachilek monday, but am not worried.  I've only seen the crossing bridge closed once in the past 20 yrs, and that was when water was actually lapping over the bridge road, and that was only for a half day.  One of the photos gave an idea of the extent of today's flooding, and the water level appears to be several meters below the bridge roadway.  It's small solace for the dozens of vendors who have been flooded, but it's no impediment for border crossers.

 

                             also; I recently got an online visa for Burma. It was us$50 and rather painless process.  If applying, you'll need a passport-like photo of your face, on computer file (.jpg).   When the online visas were initially introduced, about 1.5 yrs ago, they only allowed entry at Yangon or Mandalay.  Now they allow entry at Tachilek (and a few other border crossings).

 

                                Still no re-instatement of day-only 'VIP passes'.  The Burmese authorities would like them, but the restriction is from Thai Imm authorities.  My opinion, for the reason they're banned is:  Thais figure tourists can buy anything on the Thai side, so they want to forbid tourists from going over for the day.  Thai authorities, in their great wisdom, are afraid tourists will spend money in Tachilek, that would be spent in Mai Sai.  It's primitive (thinking that tourists are only about spending money, and nothing else), but it's what we've come to expect from brain-addled Thai authorities.

 

One exception:  Chinese tourists in groups are allowed to do day-trips.  Go figure.

 

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On 8/19/2017 at 7:57 AM, boomerangutang said:

in today's Nation newspaper, article on Mae Sai and Tachilek flooding...

nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30324182

 

                  I'm going to Tachilek monday, but am not worried.  I've only seen the crossing bridge closed once in the past 20 yrs, and that was when water was actually lapping over the bridge road, and that was only for a half day.  One of the photos gave an idea of the extent of today's flooding, and the water level appears to be several meters below the bridge roadway.  It's small solace for the dozens of vendors who have been flooded, but it's no impediment for border crossers.

 

                             also; I recently got an online visa for Burma. It was us$50 and rather painless process.  If applying, you'll need a passport-like photo of your face, on computer file (.jpg).   When the online visas were initially introduced, about 1.5 yrs ago, they only allowed entry at Yangon or Mandalay.  Now they allow entry at Tachilek (and a few other border crossings).

 

                                Still no re-instatement of day-only 'VIP passes'.  The Burmese authorities would like them, but the restriction is from Thai Imm authorities.  My opinion, for the reason they're banned is:  Thais figure tourists can buy anything on the Thai side, so they want to forbid tourists from going over for the day.  Thai authorities, in their great wisdom, are afraid tourists will spend money in Tachilek, that would be spent in Mai Sai.  It's primitive (thinking that tourists are only about spending money, and nothing else), but it's what we've come to expect from brain-addled Thai authorities.

 

One exception:  Chinese tourists in groups are allowed to do day-trips.  Go figure.

 

Have a bit of comment and question re above.   Went up about 10 days ago and had Immig on Burma side ask the usual...." going into Tachilek or just turn around?  I answered that I was going into the market .  The Immig. lady's next question gave me pause for thought..... She asked if I was coming back today.   I said, "don't I have to "?? She said no.  I then asked how long I could stay.... she stated 14 days.   Anybody encounter as as expat crossing without a formal visa, being able to stay for up to 14 days???

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Thanks for the heads up Gonzo, that place never ceases to surprise me.

I would imagine they would have given you 14 days on your entry visa if requested?

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5 minutes ago, Gonzo the Face said:

Have a bit of comment and question re above.   Went up about 10 days ago and had Immig on Burma side ask the usual...." going into Tachilek or just turn around?  I answered that I was going into the market .  The Immig. lady's next question gave me pause for thought..... She asked if I was coming back today.   I said, "don't I have to "?? She said no.  I then asked how long I could stay.... she stated 14 days.   Anybody encounter as as expat crossing without a formal visa, being able to stay for up to 14 days???

They have always given 14 day visa at the border .

(Yeah, yeah , yeah probably Visa exempts, permission to stay etc etc )

What every they give you allows to ti stay their for 14 days .

Most people dont stay for the night, so they just stamp you in and out at the same time

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I feel so lucky- its just 12 miles down the road
And they are nice friendly people


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