Getting there & away
Mae Sai’s government bus station (0 5364 437) is 4km south of the frontier immigration office, or an 8B shared sǎwngthǎew ride from the city centre. Buses to Mae Sai leave frequently from Chiang Rai (ordinary/air-con 33B/55B, 1½ hours).
To/from Chiang Mai there are ordinary (126B, at 8.15am and 2pm), 1st class air-con (227B, at 7am, 10.45am and 1.45pm), and VIP (350B, at 9.15am and 3.15pm) buses daily; this trip takes four to five hours.
There is a 2nd-class air-con bus (402B, 6.15am) and a 1st-class air-con bus (516B, 7am) that goes to Mae Sot daily. Six departures go to Nakhon Ratchasima (2nd class air-con 507B, 1st class air-con 652B, VIP 760B, 15 hours) daily.
There is also a direct bus from Mae Sai to Fang (61B, two hours, 7am) and one to Tha Ton (51B, 1½ hours, 7am). Hop on any of the buses to Chiang Rai for Mae Chan (27B, 30 minutes).