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BANGKOK 21 July 2019 08:04
Yeahbutwhytho

Kanchanaburi/Myanmar Border: Possible to go short visit while border run?

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Hi there,

I've heard accounts that crossing the Kanchanaburi/Myanmar Border costs 900b, is that only for people who want to do in and outs? I have a METV and would like to visit Myanmar for a weekend and then return, what is the 900b cost exactly? If I drove all the way to Kanchanaburi myself - park the car and enter myanmar, how much will it cost go cross this border and stay the weekend?

Thanks in advance

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It’s 960 baht which just pays for you to be transported to and back from Myanmar immigration.

 

It’s a good choice for a for a visa run, but there’s nothing to see and no where to stay on the other side. If you wanted to go inland you’d need a visa, which is not available on arrival.

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I think Burma has 3 classes of visas 1...The border pass 2...The regular visas which only allows travel to certain parts of Burma and 3... Special visas to visit other areas....I think there are still parts of Burma that are off limits to farang....

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Oh wow, off limits? I guess I can have a weekend holiday in Kanchanaburi if its an out/in or nothing.

 

Is there an exact meeting place for the transportation to cross and come back in? I still plan to drive from Bangkok. Who am I paying and what time do they run? 

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15 minutes ago, Yeahbutwhytho said:

Oh wow, off limits?

yes. Myanmar only has certain "zones" that tourists can go to. You cannot just drive or wander around outside those areas.   

 

too dangerous.

 

 

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Don't wish to sidetrack your drive plans etc. I fly bkk yangon its a 1350baht one way. Do you love driving that much. Esp for short stay. 

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2 hours ago, Yeahbutwhytho said:

Oh wow, off limits? I guess I can have a weekend holiday in Kanchanaburi if its an out/in or nothing.

 

Is there an exact meeting place for the transportation to cross and come back in? I still plan to drive from Bangkok. Who am I paying and what time do they run? 

Yes. It’s changed since I was last there, but there is a place/office (?) that you pay the 960 fee and they’ll organise everything for you. They run regularly all day. Should take under an hour from arrival to re-entering Thailand.

 

Kan to Ban Phu Nam Ron is a nice drive.

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3 hours ago, NCC1701A said:

yes. Myanmar only has certain "zones" that tourists can go to. You cannot just drive or wander around outside those areas.   

 

too dangerous.

Most of Myanmar is now completely open to foreigners. Only a few areas are still off limits, especially Rakhine State where you are prevented from going mainly because the Myanmar military does not want witnesses to its ethnic cleansing of the Rohingyas. There are some areas where a foreign tourist must have a travel permit and be accompanied by an official Myanmar guide. Notwithstanding, Myanmar is generally a safe country for visitors.

 

Although most of the country is open, tourism infrastructure is still limited in many areas, and transport links can be basic and slow. These are the main factors that should determine where most tourists choose to go. Depending on your proposed entry point, you may be able to use an evisa purchased online, or may need a visa from the Myanmar Embassy arranged in advance. Border passes allow you to stay a few days in the immediate vicinity of some crossing points, but there is not a great deal to see. Staying one night in Myawaddy across from the border crossing at Maesot may be just about worth it.

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12 hours ago, NCC1701A said:

yes. Myanmar only has certain "zones" that tourists can go to. You cannot just drive or wander around outside those areas.   

 

too dangerous.

 

 

I have visited Burma on several occasions and most of the country is safe and now open to tourists - Rangoon, Mandalay, Bagan, Inle Lake etc. The restricted areas are Rakhine State (Rohyngas) and certain regions of Upper Shan State (bordering onto Thailand) where the Burmese military are still in conflict with local militias. I traveled by train from Mandalay to Hsipaw on the Shan Plateau, which is very popular with tourists, especially back-packers, but to venture out into the countryside one needed to inform, and get a pass from, the local police. Burma and its people are wonderful but, unfortunately, the infra-structure has not yet kept pace with tourism.

For those who may be interested, the short border crossing from Mai Sai (Thailand) to Tachilek (Burma) costs just 500 baht. Burmese Immigration keeps your passport and issues a printed receipt which you hand back in return for your passport when re-entering Thailand.  Tachilek is good for shopping, there is a comprehensive "duty free" store and a large market. There are also several casinos and pagodas on the surrounding hills.

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I have done at least 3 border runs through this deserted border point, strangly I have not seen a single frang. I only see Laos and since I hold Saudi passport I get to pay as demanded by immigration officers 5k after discount from 10k because Thais and most people are the world think Saudis are very rich which is totally bs. I will do a visa run in five days, should I refuse to pay honestly speaking even though Myanmar has deplomatic relationships with Saudi or isn't it worth it because as mentioned up this border corss point has dirt road after crossing Thai border, only dirt dead ends with tin shops and office of Myanmar immigration officers. 

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What type of visa are you using to enter Thailand when you do the border crossing? You have to have a visa issued by a embassy or consulate to enter at that crossing. They do not issue the 15 day visa on arrival at that crossing that you qualify for.

Who are you paying the 5k baht to? Not aware of anybody paying that much and certainly not 10k baht.

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