Mae Sai Border
Mae Sai is the northern-most town in Thailand. Bordering Burma's Tachilek it has seen turbulent times in the past during insurrection and border-clashes. Refugees flooding across, until recently, was a common sight. Being in such close-proximity to Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai makes it a popular visa-run destination for expats.
The actual border-line is interesting as it serves as a hub for markets and business traders in both Mae Sai and Tachilek. You can get some nice burmese souvenirs here (on both sides of the border). The attitude of the border guards is pleasant and friendly, adding to the charm-factor. There's plenty of hill tribes in this area if you want to hunt out some villages.
Be wary of making this the visa-run of choice though, sometimes the border is closed for weeks at a time on the choosing of the military junta that controls Burma.
Mae Sai Facts
Population: 18,000 (Metropolitan)
Size (Metropolitan): 4 Sq. Miles
Distance from Capital by Air: 465 miles
Distance from Capital by Road: 520 (est) miles
Typical Visa Run Destination: You're at it right now!
Seasons and Weather.
Despite Chiang Rai being one of the most northerly of the Thai cities the heat can still get to you in the month of April. The wettest is normally September and the coldest is usually December and January.
Cool Season - October to February. Avg Temp - 20 C
Hot Season - March to May. Avg Temp - 29 C
Wet Season - June to September. Avg Temp - 26 C.