Tachilek Airport, or Tachileik Airport, is the airport serving the town of Tachilek in Republic of the Union of Myanmar that operates domestic flights. The public airport is operated by the Government, and resides at an elevation of 1,280 ft (390 m) above mean sea level. It has a runway designated 04/22, with bitumin surface at the length of 7,002 ft (2,134 m).
Tachilek, also spelled Tachileik, is a border town located in the Shan State of eastern Myanmar, also called Burma. The town serves as the administrative seat of Tachileik Township and Tachileik District. The thing to remember when staying in Tachilek is that it does not have the same mass tourism and outgoing atmosphere in Thailand despite its very close proximity. Things may be a bit more uptight in Tachilek, but Burmese people still do welcome tourists. As long as tourists' intentions are pure and local laws and customs are followed, there is no need to worry.
What to see & do
Shwedagon Paya - Shwedagon Paya is the large and gilded main pagoda in town. Not to be confused with its grander namesake in Yangon, the one in Tachilek still provides wonderful views and photo opportunities. Despite a few vendors outside selling souvenirs and trinkets, the ambiance in the temple itself is very peaceful. It is known to tourists as a great place to watch the sunset.
Pasa Wildlife Reserve - A major wildlife reserve in Burma is Pasa Wildlife Reserve, located in the mountainous area of the Loi La Range in the eastern part of Shan State. It is situated near Tachileik and the border with Thailand and Laos.
Tachileik Market - The Tachileik market offers a wide selection of various items. Be careful with what you purchase, as several items might get you in trouble in customs, depending on the country's policies. Getting into Thailand might be okay with a few bootlegged copies of DVDs, but might not be for your own country's customs policies. It is also advisable to avoid purchasing endangered animals, products made from them like pelts and skulls, narcotics, knock-off prescription drugs, and weapons, as possession of these items might cause you to be arrested. Be careful with buying cigarettes, as they are usually Burmese knock-offs.
How to get around with Tachilek
Tachilek is a small town with plenty of trishaws. There are also motorcycle taxis and car taxis that can help tourists get around. The town's bus station and airport are just outside of town, on the road to Kengtung, and can be reached via a taxi.
How to get there
Tachilek Airport is served by Air Bagan and Myanmar Airways. Air Bagan offers flights to Tachilek from Kengtung Airport in Kengtung and Mandalay International Airport in Mandalay. Myanma Airways' departure airports are at Heho Airport in Heho, and Mandalay as well. It is also possible to get into Myanmar from Thailand through the Mae Sai border post. From there, travellers can purchase a 14-day visa good for the Tachileik-Kengtung area. The Myanmar Immigration authorities will hold on to your passport and will give you an entry permit for the duration of your stay. Your passport will be returned on your way back to Thailand.