Mae Sai is the Northern most part of Thailand and the bordering territory is Tachilek, Myanmar. I first visited this place a couple of years ago planning to enter Myanmar through this border. I thought that I could travel further to Mandalay and Bagan and maybe Yangon by entering this border. But I was told that I couldn’t go that far from the border and the only way to travel around Myanmar is to fly in and out through the capital city, Yangon (I’m not sure if it’s the same case until now).
Mae Sai on your left and Tachilek on your right.
I spent the night instead in one of the guest houses in Mae Sai and had a nice interesting chat with the Thai owner. He also took me to a better spot where I could have a nicer view of the small village in Tachilek.
As I was sitting on the bench, I couldn’t help but wander what the lives of those Burmese people would be if they were born on the other side of the river which is part of Thailand territory. The economic and social gap between the two communities seems to be huge. The Thais living on the other side of the river looks like economically and financially well off compare to the Burmese living on the side.
It seemed to me back then that their fate was sealed by the river.