A Bustling Border Town Tachileik
Shan State is Myanmar’s biggest state or region by area and the only one that shares borders with three sovereign nations: China, Thailand and Laos. Shan State is a land of diversity that is home to a huge range of different ethnic groups. But it is also a key trade route between Myanmar and both China and Thailand. The border town of Tachileik plays a pivotal role in the commerce between Myanmar and Thailand but Tachileik also has its own share of interesting things for tourists to see and do.
Tachileik is a thriving border town and bustles with trade during the day as commodity traders, visitors, and commuters working across the border in Thailand cross back and forth over the Friendship Bridge – the official border between the two countries. Tachileik also stands as an entry point for travel further into Shan State, especially to Keng Tung. When travelling in Tachileik it’s common to see three currencies in use: Myanmar kyat, Thai baht and American dollars and exchange counters are easy to locate.
How to Get There
You can travel to Tachileik by bus or car from the Shan State capital of Taunggyi but most visitors from within Myanmar will arrive by plane, a journey of about two hours from Yangon.
What to visit in Tachileik
Tachileik Shwedagon Pagoda
Tachileik Shwedagon Pagoda is a must-see for tourists when they arrive in this town. And while the gold-plated stupa is attractive on its own, the location at the top of a hill offers clear views over Tachileik and beyond.
Maha Myatmuni Monastery
Vist the Maha Myatmuni Monastery to enjoy peace and quiet, and they pay homage to the Buddha images while observing the architecture of the building.
St Jude Catholic Church
There are many Baptist and Catholic churches in Tachileik and this is one of the biggest in town, and has also established an orphanage across from the church. Why not pop in and leave a donation and make a difference in your travels?
You should visit Ahkhar market which is on main road to find and buy some ethnic products by Ahkhar.
Wan Kaung Market
If you would like to see and feel local wet market, why don't you go Wan Kaung Market which is located beside of Mahar Myat Muni Monastery. But don't forget to get there only in the morning.
Tar Lawt Market
Also known as Tachileik Market, Tar Lawt Market is a great place to shop, with many Thai and Chinese brands available. The market also has a bewildering array of counterfeit or faked goods that are good approximations of the real thing.