Mae Sot Gemstone Market

Mae Sot Gemstone Markets.

The Mae Sot Gemstone Market is probably the most interesting precious stone bazaar outside Burma in ASEAN most gems and minerals smuggled into Thailand are traded here in Bangkok and Chanthaburi actually the Bazaars center is along Prasatwithi Road in the center the other end of the street is where the airport and the main bus station is about one km further west is the bridge to Myanmar.    

The border area of Thailand's Mae Sot and Myanmar's Myawaddy has been a battlefield for centuries actually it became a bit less violent only at colonial times because the English were able to keep the two countries a bit under control not to fight continuously since the English had better weapons and this was why they were respected.