Shop and scoff at Mae Sot Market
With the Myanmar border a hop away, Mae Sot is as good a place to shop for Burmese arts, crafts and food as it is for Thai products. For the best choice head to the night market, which has stalls heaving with semi-precious stones – be sure to ask around if you’re interested as not all are genuine. Look out for Karen (Kayin) hill tribe weaves, carved wooden effigies, cheap clothes and accessories. The food area serves thick Burmese curries as well as Thai street food, from green curries to spicy salads.