Chiang Mai – Mae Sai by Minibus

Chiang Mai Visa Run

Dear visitor, our visa run service is operating normally despite the recent visa run regulations changes . We can take you to Mae Sai every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

If your are on a visa exemption, make sure you bring a print-out of your outbound plane ticket so that you can show it to Thai immigration and the border and prove that you are going to leave the country at a set date. Travelers who arrived in Thailand on a Visa Exemption stamp can still go to Mae Sai up to 3 times. (Not much has changed despite the official announcements.)

Non-Immigrant Visa or Tourist visa holders with remaining entries on their visa can exit and enter Thailand as before.

Your Visa Run Itinerary

Your trip to Mae Sai will start early in the morning between 7 A.M and 8 A.M. The mini bus will pick you up at your hotel or guesthouse in town or at a convenient location along the route of our minivan. The trip to and from the border takes on average 4 hours each way.

Contact us or book online early and at least a day ahead of time, as during the high season the minibus could be full several days in advance.

Our minivans are air-conditioned  can transport up 12 passengers to the border crossing between Mae Sai – Tachilek.

Your driver will take a break along the way so that passengers can use toilets and buy refreshments.

All passengers will be dropped off in Mae Sai on the Thai side of the border and your driver will set a time and place for you to meet him again after you have completed your ‘border run’ for the ride back to Chiang Mai.

The mini bus will wait at the border for passengers to come back for around 60 – 70 minutes. Travelers are advised to prioritize the visa run process and not to spend too much time in the shops around the border in order not to delay the return to Chiang Mai.

Mae Sai Visa Run Requirements

Don’t forget your passport and TM card normally attached inside your passport at the time of your arrival in Thailand!

Bring a print-out or copy of your plane ticket so that Thai Immigration officers know when you plan on leaving Thailand.

Carry at least 500 baht, that’s the fee per person you will have to pay when entering Myanmar to the Burmese Immigration Police.

Don’t wait too long to book your seat !

Ensure that you do not risk overstaying passed the expiration date of your current visa ( Fined 500 BHT per day by Thai Immigration Police)

Make sure you have a seat on the minibus when you need it.

Have the option to secure a particular seat on the minibus (+50 BHT Only on request )

Be Advised

This is an express trip and will give an hour to cross over to Myanmar and come back to Thailand. while our driver will be waiting for you. Please watch the time and try not to make other passengers wait for you.

Important Notes

We do not offer any warranty regarding the outcome of your visa run to Mae Sai. We can offer advice regarding your visa situation in Thailand but we only provide a transportation service from Chiang Mai to Mae Sai. It is your responsibility to make sure your legal situation in Thailand is compliant with Thai immigration regulations.

You will not be stranded in Burma if you are turned down at the border as the immigration officers on duty will simply refuse to let you leave the country in Mae Sai. You will then have to come back to Chiang Mai to find an alternative solution if you wish to extend your stay in Thailand.

We cannot transport large bags and backpacks. The minibus is not equipped to store them. If you carry a bag larger than 45cm x 30cm x 20cm which would not fit on your lap or below your seat, please let us know when you book your seat.