Getting there & away
If you’re heading anywhere other than Bangkok, go to Tak (minivan/air-con bus 53/74B, 1½ hours) where you can easily connect with buses headed to Lampang, Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai and Mae Sai. Minivans leave for Tak hourly from the station just north of the police station. Buses leave less frequently from the same station. Orange sǎwngthǎew serving the northern destinations of Mae Sarit (70B, 2½ hours), Tha Song Yang (60B, 1½ hours) and Mae Sariang (170B, six hours) also leave this station hourly between 6am and noon.
First-class air-con buses run between Bangkok and Mae Sot six times daily (365B, nine hours); 2nd-class air-con buses (284B, nine hours) have similar departures. VIP buses (24 seats) to/from Bangkok leave four times daily (565B, eight hours). These leave from the bus station that is around 2km out of town by Th Asia. A new bus terminal near the airport was being completed at the time of writing. All buses will stop here when it is finished – reportedly by late 2007. Blue sǎwngthǎew to Um Phang (120B, four hours) leave hourly between 7am and 3pm from an office off the southern end of Th Sri Phanit.
The Mae Sot airport was not operating at the time of writing.