“Tak is a small town in the north of Thailand, but serves as an important crossroads for travellers between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. It is also where the road splits into an important westerly route into Myanmar at Mae Sot (Thailand) / Myawaddy (Myanmar), with access now possible due to relaxed border restrictions.

It is 400km from Bangkok Mochit bus terminal to Tak, a four and a half hour trip. If you prefer the more expensive option of flying, the nearest airport to Tak is located at Mae Sot, and you’ll need to travel by bus for around an hour from the airport into town.

The bus station in Tak is a typical provincial terminus, a little run-down yet perfectly functional. As well as regular departures to Bangkok it offers routes direct to Chiang Mai and other northern destinations, or straight down to Koh Chang in the south. Another route passes the historical site of Sukothai, also direct. There are also various international routes into Myanmar at Myawaddy and beyond. You can book travel to any destination online.

The bus station is located just north of the town centre, a 10-minute walk. Tuk-tuks are available for a reasonable price outside the bus station as Tak is not very big. In town, the Viang Tak Hotel offers stunning views over the Ping River. Be sure to view the riverside at sunset, when the local market also offers a taste of the local specialties and interesting handicraft products.”