By public bus the journey from Rayong to Mae Sot is scheduled to take just under 11 hours.
Bus Timetable from Rayong to Mae Sot
Click on the Rayong – Mae Sot link below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Rayong - Mae Sot ฿ 715–809 9h 30m – 11h 25m|
Departure from Rayong
Bus services from Rayong to Mae Sot depart from Rayong Bus Terminal 2, 155/195 Soi Mooban Ploenchai 5 Thap Ma, Mueang Rayong District, Rayong 21000.
Arrival in Mae Sot
Bus services from Rayong to Mae Sot terminate at Mae Sot Bus Station.
About Travel to Mae Sot
Mae Sot is located very close to the border with Myanmar, and many of the town’s 40,000 permanent residents are either from Myanmar or are descendants of people who came from Myanmar. There are also a lot of refugees from Myanmar, somehwere between 100,000 and 200,000, living in camps near to Mae Sot. For this reason a lot of foreign visitors, many working or volunteering for NGOs involved in providing aid to these refugees, stay in Mae Sot. As a consequence Mae Sot has lots of hotels, bars and restaurants catering to needs of foreign visitors which makes the town very accesible for foreign visitors, much more so than the provincial capital Tak which receives virtually no foreign visitors.
Before the military take over in Myanmar in 2021, Mae Sot used to be a popular choice of border crossing for foreign visitors travelling overland into Myanmar. Across the border from Mae Sot is the Burmese town of Myawaddy. Frequent bus services used to run from Myawaddy to Yangon allowing visitors to complete the overland journey from Thailand to Yangon in a single day.
Since 2021 the number of foreign visitors to Mae Sot has dropped as a consequence of the suspension of tourism in Myanmar. Some foreign visitors do still come to Mae Sot, however, as it’s where you need to go to travel onward to Umphang. Umphang is a wild and mountainous province with several fantastic national parks and arguably Thailand’s most impressive waterfall, Thi Lo Su Waterfall. Shared taxis to Umphang depart from the bus station in Mae Sot. The journey takes around 5 hours to travel the 190 km from Mae Sot to Umphang along the notoriously windy Highway 1090 which in former times was known as the ‘Death Highway’ because of the risk of travellers being attacked by the various armed groups which used to control that part of Thailand.