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If we are talking about Tachie Lek up in the Mai sai area then you do not need to take or get your passport stamped, fill in a TM card or any thing else.

You go to the Thai immigration desk tell them you not want to take your passport, have i think it is Two copies of your passport front page at the ready and the Thai immigration will give you a ONE DAY PASS you take the one day pass across the border to the Burmese Immigration office show them , have your picture taken hand over 500 BHT and they give you a card that you represent when coming back they (Burmese) then give you your Thai pass back (Piece of paper back/one day pass) , you take this back to the Thai immigration and hand it back and collect your passport no stamps no TM card to fill in.

I believe it is the equivalent to a one day pass.

I might have missed some thing out but i am sure some one will correct me :)

I believe before you had the option of paying $5 US or 500 Bht but now it is just 500 Bht as they have cottoned on that 500Bht is worth ore than the $10 US (330 Bht Approx)

Note i have copied and pasted this from my previous post from a previous thread on the subject titled .....Border Shopping In Masae Or Burma, temporary border crossing visa

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/Border-Shopp...47#entry3085247

Take no notice of the rest of if's and maybes this guy is spot on

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planning to do another day pass crossing into burma with single or double entry tourist visa providing you stay for a day only and have 10 us dollars or 500 baht to burma copy passport and passport and 100 baht to thai immigration can visit burma for the day only thai people only pay i think 20 baht only good to take a thai girlfriend or friend with you in case you need some language translation of the border rules i did last time and do it again this weekend

cheers frank

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The Burma entry fee is 10 US or 500 Baht. Went there last weekend and paid in US dollars.

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Yeah, I was down there Wednesday, the lady who sells the 10USD bills seems to have disappeared.

Brilliant cross border run, no one in the line coming or going.

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Didn't use passport!!! (although i standby it in my pocket and i've got multi re-entry permit, just in case...)

Helps if you look asian!!!(i won't recommend you try my method if you look western)

You must have Thai driving license!!!

2 photocopy of Thai driving license (photo ID) pay 50 Baht and another 10 Baht at Burma side...Done it thrice.

Disclaimer: Take note that i'm actually cheating, i saved on USD that i can use to shop...^^'

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I had a PM from a former regular poster here who told me that you "just ask for a VIP pass" and pay 100B.

Once again, this is only hearsay, I have had no personal experience in this.

I finally did this last week, works very well. You still pay the 500B/$10 on the Burma side though.

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Thanks Scea, Nice to know this option is still available. Sounds like you could get away with the 500 baht if you look Asian also.

I could try going as an Albino I suppose :)

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I had a PM from a former regular poster here who told me that you "just ask for a VIP pass" and pay 100B.

Once again, this is only hearsay, I have had no personal experience in this.

I finally did this last week, works very well. You still pay the 500B/$10 on the Burma side though.

There are no conflicting reports on this.

Facts

1. You can pay 100 baht to the Thai authorities to cross temporarily into Burma without stamping your passport( as stated get 2 copies of your passport) and ask only at the border crossing.

2.The fee for entering Burma is 10 dollars.( if you choose to give 500 baht, up to you)

(The Burmeese immigration will try to get baht from you, but 10 dollars is the official fee).

These facts are based on approx 30 border crossings over a 5 year period wiith friends.

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I had a PM from a former regular poster here who told me that you "just ask for a VIP pass" and pay 100B.

Once again, this is only hearsay, I have had no personal experience in this.

I finally did this last week, works very well. You still pay the 500B/$10 on the Burma side though.

I too did the VIP Day-Pass for the first time, about a month ago, all went smoothly. I myself left the country for a few hours, however my passport didn't, thus avoiding the need for a re-entry permit.

Thanks to posters who had briefed me on this system ! :)

Strangely enough, the old sign saying '$10 or 500B', on the wall in the Burmese Immigration office, seems to have fallen-down and disappeared ! Funny that ! :D

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If we are talking about Tachie Lek up in the Mai sai area then you do not need to take or get your passport stamped, fill in a TM card or any thing else.

You go to the Thai immigration desk tell them you not want to take your passport, have i think it is Two copies of your passport front page at the ready and the Thai immigration will give you a ONE DAY PASS you take the one day pass across the border to the Burmese Immigration office show them , have your picture taken hand over 500 BHT and they give you a card that you represent when coming back they (Burmese) then give you your Thai pass back (Piece of paper back/one day pass) , you take this back to the Thai immigration and hand it back and collect your passport no stamps no TM card to fill in.

I believe it is the equivalent to a one day pass.

I might have missed some thing out but i am sure some one will correct me biggrin.gif

I believe before you had the option of paying $5 US or 500 Bht but now it is just 500 Bht as they have cottoned on that 500Bht is worth ore than the $10 US (330 Bht Approx)

Note i have copied and pasted this from my previous post from a previous thread on the subject titled .....Border Shopping In Masae Or Burma, temporary border crossing visa

http://www.thaivisa....47#entry3085247

Can anyone confirm if the above is still true? Can you still do this at the crossing point or do you need to go to the Immigration Building first? I have done it many times as described before they changed the system but not for a few years now. Am planning to go on Friday this week so would appreciate a heads-up.

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If we are talking about Tachie Lek up in the Mai sai area then you do not need to take or get your passport stamped, fill in a TM card or any thing else.

You go to the Thai immigration desk tell them you not want to take your passport, have i think it is Two copies of your passport front page at the ready and the Thai immigration will give you a ONE DAY PASS you take the one day pass across the border to the Burmese Immigration office show them , have your picture taken hand over 500 BHT and they give you a card that you represent when coming back they (Burmese) then give you your Thai pass back (Piece of paper back/one day pass) , you take this back to the Thai immigration and hand it back and collect your passport no stamps no TM card to fill in.

I believe it is the equivalent to a one day pass.

I might have missed some thing out but i am sure some one will correct me biggrin.gif

I believe before you had the option of paying $5 US or 500 Bht but now it is just 500 Bht as they have cottoned on that 500Bht is worth ore than the $10 US (330 Bht Approx)

Note i have copied and pasted this from my previous post from a previous thread on the subject titled .....Border Shopping In Masae Or Burma, temporary border crossing visa

http://www.thaivisa....47#entry3085247

Can anyone confirm if the above is still true? Can you still do this at the crossing point or do you need to go to the Immigration Building first? I have done it many times as described before they changed the system but not for a few years now. Am planning to go on Friday this week so would appreciate a heads-up.

Yes, it still works - however, I have had to pay 200 baht each time (at the Thai side), along with the 500 baht for the Burmese...

You can get photocopies of your passport from a shop just to the left of the border entrance (when facing the border from the Thai side) for 10 baht. Once you have those, just go up to the window and speak to the border guards.

I've managed to get a VIP pass with my UK driving license twice before, but last time I went (about a month ago) they told me this had been stopped. It is now passport copies only apparently (which would be the same in any other country smile.png )!

Have fun,

M

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If we are talking about Tachie Lek up in the Mai sai area then you do not need to take or get your passport stamped, fill in a TM card or any thing else.

You go to the Thai immigration desk tell them you not want to take your passport, have i think it is Two copies of your passport front page at the ready and the Thai immigration will give you a ONE DAY PASS you take the one day pass across the border to the Burmese Immigration office show them , have your picture taken hand over 500 BHT and they give you a card that you represent when coming back they (Burmese) then give you your Thai pass back (Piece of paper back/one day pass) , you take this back to the Thai immigration and hand it back and collect your passport no stamps no TM card to fill in.

I believe it is the equivalent to a one day pass.

I might have missed some thing out but i am sure some one will correct me biggrin.gif

I believe before you had the option of paying $5 US or 500 Bht but now it is just 500 Bht as they have cottoned on that 500Bht is worth ore than the $10 US (330 Bht Approx)

Note i have copied and pasted this from my previous post from a previous thread on the subject titled .....Border Shopping In Masae Or Burma, temporary border crossing visa

http://www.thaivisa....47#entry3085247

Can anyone confirm if the above is still true? Can you still do this at the crossing point or do you need to go to the Immigration Building first? I have done it many times as described before they changed the system but not for a few years now. Am planning to go on Friday this week so would appreciate a heads-up.

Yes, it still works - however, I have had to pay 200 baht each time (at the Thai side), along with the 500 baht for the Burmese...

You can get photocopies of your passport from a shop just to the left of the border entrance (when facing the border from the Thai side) for 10 baht. Once you have those, just go up to the window and speak to the border guards.

I've managed to get a VIP pass with my UK driving license twice before, but last time I went (about a month ago) they told me this had been stopped. It is now passport copies only apparently (which would be the same in any other country smile.png )!

Have fun,

M

Many thanks mistephenso.

I wonder if a Thai drivers licence will work? I'll give it a try and update this tread after my trip if anything has changed...

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I've never even thought about using anything else except my passport; the Thais keep your passport until you return and I always assumed that that was their guarantee you would.

If you had no intentions of returning to Thailand then the loss of a local drivers licence would hardly be a compelling reason to come back.

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Passport a requirement along with 2 photoscopies of the main (face) page and B100 (at Thailand immigration, right hand line).

In Myanmar Immigration, B500 - they don't accept US money (does anyone anymore??)

Many thanks mistephenso.

I wonder if a Thai drivers licence will work? I'll give it a try and update this tread after my trip if anything has changed...

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I have used my Thai drivers licence many times when crossing into Burma with VIP pass. Last time was about 3-4 weeks ago. For some reason Burma immigration will not accept US currency $10 dollars when entering with VIP pass but they will accept US currency when officially entering the country with passport/stamp Etc. A few months ago the Duty free shop on the bridge renovated the interior and now have a wider selection of single malt whiskeys, Etc.

BTW, Have bought many bottles of excellent wines and spirits in Taichalek for years and never once had a problem with a knockoff.

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