CHIANG MAI <> MAE SAI BORDER RUN SERVICE
2 TRIPS PER WEEK (WEDNESDAY AND SATURDAY)
PRICE: 990 THB / PERSON
(PAID DIRECTLY TO DRIVER.)
THE SIMPLEST WAY TO THE BORDER
YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS TRIP IF:
- You only have a 30 day exemption/visa waiver stamp* in your passport. (Usually obtained at the airport on arrival in Thailand.)
- You have used up your single entry 60 Day Tourist Visa.*
- You have a Multiple Entry Tourist Visa (METV) or Multiple Entry Non Immigrant Visa (O visa, B Visa.
*You can take this trip even after extending your current tourist visa or visa exemption at Chiang Mai Immigration.
It is possible to do up to 2 border runs per calendar year overland.
YOUR VISA RUN ITINERARY
Your trip to Mae Sai will start early in the morning. We will pick you up between 6:30 A.M and 7:30 A.M.
The minivan will pick you up at a location close to your hotel or guesthouse or directly from your home or hotel in Chiang Mai when possible.
We do our best to accommodate everyone but we normally try to regroup passengers to facilitate and accelerate the pick up process.
The trip to and from the border takes on average 4 hours each way.
Your driver will take a short break along the way so that all passengers can use toilets and buy refreshments.
All passengers will exit the minibus 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 – 80 minutes.
Passengers 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.
Don’t forget your passport and departure card normally attached inside your passport at the time of your arrival in Thailand.
Carry at least 500 baht or a brand new 10 USD bill, that’s the fee per person you will have to pay when entering Myanmar to the Burmese Immigration Police.
AVOID OVERSTAYING YOUR VISA
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. Our air-conditioned minivans can transport up 9 passengers to the border crossing between Mae Sai – Tachilek.
If you are tall or likely to get road sick, consider securing a particular seat on the minibus (+100 BHT Only on request )
THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
This is an express trip and will give an hour to cross the bridge to enter 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.
We do not cross the border with you. The border crossing is a simple process, you get out, follow the flow, turn around and come back to Thailand.
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 stuck in Myanmar if you are turned down at the border as the Thai immigration officers on duty will simply refuse to let you leave Thailand 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 minivan 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.