Tachileik is a boarder town in the Eastern Shan State and the gateway to Mai Sai, Thailand. It is the administrative seat of Tachilieik Township and  the most populated city in Eastern Shan State. Tachileik sits on the banks of the Mekong River across from Mai Sai, Thailand.The Friendship Bridge across the small Mae Sai stream links Tachileik with the northern Thai border town of Mae Sai. The area is currently being developed for tourism and cross-border trade with Laos, Thailand and China.

  • Climate

    The average temperature is from 12°C (54°F) to 35°C(95°F). The coldes month is January and the hottest month is April.

  • Currency

    As Tachileik is the border city of Thai-Burma crossing, Thai baht is the main currency. There are many money changer at the border for the convenience of currency exchange.

  • Language

    Most of the people can speak Thai language and their mother tongue. Therefore, Thai, Myanmar, Shan , Akha are the most spoken languages here.

  • Communication

    All local operators such as, MPT, OOREDOO, TELENOR,MYTEL and Thai Telephone services 12CALL, DTAC work everywhere , which make Tachileik quite special unlikely than any other twon in Myanmar.

  • Transportation

    Tachileik has a domestic airport which links to three Majour cities, Yangon,Mandalay and Kengtung. It also has highway terminal where you can access to nearby cities. Although you can see many cars on the road, motorbike is the most popular kind of transportation here. If you wanna visit around Tachileik on your own, there are many tuk tuk drivers at the border corssing bridge. They are happy to take you around the town. There is a ferry-landing site at Wanpon port on the Mekong River at the Myanmar – Laos border, 29 km from Tachileik. The port also handles goods shipments to and from Thailand and China.

  • Things to See

    Visitors are drawn to the way of life and style of living of the local ethnic group, vast labyrinth-like border market; a couple of temples of moderate interest and the local market, and there are also plenty of eateries and numerous passable hotels within a short walk of the bridge.

  • Food

    You can get famous Thai Cuisines, Indian Foods, Myanmar Foods and local foods. Shan Tradinational food is a must try food when you are here.

Nearby Attractions

Golden Triangle

The Golden Triangle is an area of around 350,000 square kilometers that overlaps the mountains of three countries of Southeast Asia: Myanmar, Laos and Thailand. The Golden Triangle designates the confluence of the Sop Ruak River and the Mekong river, since the term has been appropriated by the region tourist industry to describe the nearby junction of Thailand, Laos, and Myanmar. The Mekong is one of the world’s major rivers. It is the 10th longest in the world, and the 10th largest by volume. Its estimated length is 4,909 km. It drains from Tibet and it runs through China’s Yunnan province, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam.

Shwedagon Pagoda ( Tachileik )

This pagoda is a smaller replica of the famous Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar’s capital city. It has about 1/5 of the orignial size and was finished around 1998.As this pagoda lies on top a hill, its a good place for the panoramic view of the whole city. Local people here like to visit this place in the evening. This is a nice place for doing good deeds and  meditation.

Tips : Shan Traditional Food near the pagoda called “ Kaunk Swe Kap” ( steamed rice noodle with vegetables and seasoning )  is a must try food when you are here.

Chinese Temple

Visiting Chinese Temple will help you gain a deeper understanding of Thai religious traditions. With its colorful appearance and beautiful decorations, the temple represents one of the jewels of the island. When entering, you will need to take off your shoes–women will also need to cover their shoulders.


A temple with a Great Budda Image inside and amazing architecture is its main attractions. Not so far from the Mae Sai Immigratin boarder and just next to a local Market.

Kyaing Tong (Naung Tone Lake)

Kyaing Tong is known for its scenic beauty and many colorful ethnic tribes. Places of interest around Kyaingtong are, the Spa, Naung Tong Lake, Sunn Taung Monastery, Central market and Traditional Lacquer ware works and weaving factory.There are many villages of various ethnic tribes resided around Kyaing Tong. The tribes known as Akha, Gon, Lwe, Li, Wa, Lah Hu, Thai Nay, Shan, Li Shaw, Li Su, Palaung,and we can only differentiate the tribes by colourful dresses which is different to one another.Can observe their tribal dances and their way of living on these mountainous regions around Kyaing Tong. Situated in the eastern Shan State and 452 km from Taunggyi and 176km from Tachileik.

This attractive lake sits in the centre of town and is surrounded by what is left of Kyaingtong’s British-era architecture. In the evening the lake is the most lively place in Kyaingtong, with locals flocking to the restaurants that surround it.

Yatdawmu Buddha ( Kyaing Tong )

Pointing dramatically towards the mountains on a ridge overlooking Nyaung Toung lake, the 60ft-high standing buddha statue known as Yat Taw Mu is the most distinctive landmark in Kyaingtong. Next to the statue is a dusty Cultural Museum with an emphasis on costumes, as well as some farming implements and other tribal objects, some inexplicably painted silver. The temple is off Tachileik–Taunggyi Rd (Main Rd).

Central Market ( Kyaing Tong )

Kyaingtong’s central market is one of the most exotic and fascinating in Myanmar, playing host to a diverse mix of hill peoples, especially early in the morning, and displaying heaps of fresh, unusual produce and delicious breakfast stalls (dishes from K500). You can also find clothes, phones, and Thai cosmetics and pharmaceuticals, and change money.

Century House ( Loi Mwe )

Loi Mwe, translating to “ Misty Mountain”  is a picturesque old hill station near Keng Tung, inspired by the British colonial age and influenced by a melting pot of ethnicities. On this tour, you can admire the charming colonial architecture and lovely old buildings in the town centre, such as the governor’s former residency and the Catholic church. Take in some spectacular countryside at high altitude – 1700 metres above sea level, to be exact – and get some fresh mountain air as you trek out among the hills to some ethnic villages close by. Admire the colourful garb and fascinating customs practised by the local peopl. . Self-made colorful fruit liquors is Loimwe’s famous product. You can choose from different taste, such as yellow pineapple, green sour apple, pink lychee, red strawberry and almost black cherry.