Tachileik Market

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Tachileik Market
3.5
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3.5
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zebragorda
Zihuatanejo, Mexico281 contributions
Feb 2020
Easy crossing for US passports but a little disappointing. Visited several temples but nothing was noteworthy.
Written 30 March 2020
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Kathyey1
Salt Lake City, UT246 contributions
Nov 2018
So, this market is right across the bridge from Mae Sai. You basically find the same goods here as you do in Mae Sai without all the hassles of going back and forth through immigration in both countries. I did find the sellers in Tachileik to be less friendly and more aggressive. Prices in the Burma side were somewhat cheaper. So go if you are interested in saying you have been in Burma, but otherwise, I don't think it is worth the effort.
Written 2 October 2019
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samuelkwanviolin
Singapore, Singapore166 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
Lots of street stalls and hawkers. Street food are much safer than Yangon! But before you dig in your wallet to buy anything, hold your horses! They don’t accept Burmese Kyat, do change into Thai Baht!!! Trust me, yes I know you are in Myanmar and Tachileik is part of Myanmar but nobody there wants to deal in their own currency. Instead Thai Baht is the only choice to do business there. Do not go there and think you can change currencies, I’m afraid it’s like needle in a haystack... If the scenario is happening to you, fret not! Cross over to Mae Sai Thailand via the custom bridge and you can easily find a few authorized money changer instantly.

What to eat: try the all-time popular Shan Noodle
What to find: street shopping and cheap clothings

Do buy their traditional Shan tribe costume over there as it is probably far cheaper than anywhere else.
Written 28 September 2019
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Jo-Ann
Washington15,418 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
This market is pretty interesting. Huge. Plenty of shops. They carry pretty interesting goods. You have to bargain. Some shop owners are aggressive and keeps wanting you to buy. Lots of beggars around. Some are quiet but some do follow you around to get some money. Unfortunately for us, it was a rainy day. The rain made us difficult to walk around and enjoy shopping. Would love to come back again to see more of Tachileik.
Written 11 August 2019
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CarlaColumna123
Cologne, Germany1,489 contributions
Feb 2019 • Couples
Tachilek is a small border town in Shan State, Eastern Myanmar. Best to explore this small town is by tuk-tuk. The local market, filled with goods and vendors from villages near and far, is worth a visit. But be careful what you buy because Thai authorities do check what is brought back into Thailand. They screen every bag.
Written 28 February 2019
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Figs_Olives
London, UK528 contributions
Dec 2018 • Family
What’s on sale is your average Chinese imitation goods, bags, shoes, sunglasses, sportswear and the like. But what is more interesting is how things are packaged and sold for the internal market vs the Thai market eg cigarette packs with carcinogenic warnings for Thai customers, but unmarked for the locals. Quite sad really.

The nearby food market is more interesting, like Thai markets used to be a few years back
Written 28 December 2018
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_clesste11
Lihue, HI154 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
Many products usually found within Thailand originates from here because it's a boarder town between Thailand and Myanmar with manufacturing in China. You can find some really great deals here if you purchase in quantity. As the Wiffie shops, the Hubby can hang out in an AC coffee shop that also serves beer. A maze of shops to check out if you're in the area!
Written 16 November 2018
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Harvey S
Canton, MA168 contributions
Aug 2018 • Friends
What a great location to being able to make arrangements to walk into Myanmar (Burma). See the joining of the Mekong and Ruak Rivers and the meeting point for the borders of Thailand, Myanmar and Laos. Be able to take a cruise on the rivers allowing you to see the three countries. So much history and things to see and observe.
Written 30 September 2018
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chiangmaicharlies
Chiang Mai, Thailand5,615 contributions
Sep 2018
Back in the day, Tachileik Market used to have some fun things on display - amazing copy stuff from China and lots of good video collections before they were released in the West.

Now much of the same stuff is available in Thailand and cheaper. Booze is very cheap here, but Thailand customs are very strict now, so don't exceed the limit.

You will be constantly pestered by people selling Viagra, pornography, cigarettes and asking if you want boy, girl or whatever. Easily ignored if you're a hardened traveler, but many will find it too much here.
Written 15 September 2018
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IainNorthernIreland
Derry, UK510 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
An increasing number of tourists are crossing the border from the Thai town of Mae Sai to the Burmese one of Tachilek (all basically the same place, but divided by a river) in search of bargains in the Tachilek market. My advice? Don't bother. You'll pay a hefty day-visa fee (currently 500 baht) and and find that the Burmese market contains mostly the same stuff as in any Thai market. And at pretty much the same prices. The big difference is goods like cigarettes and alcohol - and if you stock up on these you'll be in for a shock when you cross back, go through Thai immigration, and get relieved of anything beyond the personal allowance.
By all means do the border crossing if you want to look at the replica of the Shwe Dagon pagoda, if you want to see what Burma's like (in this bit, like a poor relation of Thailand), or just want another pin in your TripAdvisor world map. But if you want to do shopping save your 500 baht for the Mae Sai market. You'll find Burmese stuff brought over the border anyway.
Written 7 July 2018
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