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Four 'overland' Myanmar-Thai border crossings to open - date set as 28th August

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Four Thai-Myanmar border crossings to be opened on August 28

from Eleven Myanmar online, 26th August 2013

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Myawady border gates which is one of Myanmar-Thai border checkpoints (Photo/EMG)

Myanmar and Thai citizens, as well as foreign tourists, will be allowed to pass through four Thai-Myanmar border checkpoints, including Myawady, starting from August 28, an official said.

"We have received instructions to allow Thai citizens and foreign tourists to pass through all four border checkpoints on August 28. The remarkable thing is that Myanmar citizens with visas and passports will also be allowed to visit [Thailand] through the border crossings," said an official from the Immigration and National Registration Department of Myawady District.

The four checkpoints include Tarchileik-Mae Sai, Myawady-Mae Sot, Kawthaung-Ranong and Htee Khee-Sunaron. Fine will be imposed if their visa expired.

Read the full article here - http://www.elevenmyanmar.com/tourism/3182-four-thai-myanmar-border-crossings-to-be-opened-on-august-28

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This s good news. So can I apply for a Myanmar visa in Bangkok, enter the country via Mai Sod / Myawaddy, travel by road to Yangon, and fly back to Thailand?

The article seems to say that this will possible as of Wednesday. The practical question is whether there are buses from Myawaddy to Yangon.

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There will be everything and if not it calls traveling be happy about it if there are no busses get - just go

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This s good news. So can I apply for a Myanmar visa in Bangkok, enter the country via Mai Sod / Myawaddy, travel by road to Yangon, and fly back to Thailand?

 

The article seems to say that this will possible as of Wednesday. The practical question is whether there are buses from Myawaddy to Yangon.

The short answer is - yes. This is exactly the intent of the new rules.

The long answer/sound advice is to not take anything for granted yet. I expect some teething problems both with the overland permission part, as well as issues with the actual transportation.

I'll keep updating the Myanmar Forum as solid news or credible feedback comes in, but for now I see it as a good step which will hopefully become a reality.

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This s good news. So can I apply for a Myanmar visa in Bangkok, enter the country via Mai Sod / Myawaddy, travel by road to Yangon, and fly back to Thailand?

The article seems to say that this will possible as of Wednesday. The practical question is whether there are buses from Myawaddy to Yangon.

The short answer is - yes. This is exactly the intent of the new rules.

The long answer/sound advice is to not take anything for granted yet. I expect some teething problems both with the overland permission part, as well as issues with the actual transportation.

I'll keep updating the Myanmar Forum as solid news or credible feedback comes in, but for now I see it as a good step which will hopefully become a reality.

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OK, let's see what will actually happen. I can imagine that if there are no buses yet, there eventually will be, just because there will be a demand.

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It takes good 2 days 1 night to travel from Myawaddy to Yangon. And the buses have no aircon. Just imagine yourself sitting in a green bus(old type) without aircon but a bit better.

When you take bus, make sure you ask whether the road is going down or up for that day. bcaz the road is directional and change everyday.

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There is no direct bus from border to yangon btw. For Myawadday , you will have to transit at Pha-An. For Tachilek, at Lashio.. If I am not wrong

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Where is Htee Khee - Suranon? Can't find it anywhere on Google maps.

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Couldn't you simply drive through with your own car? Or is that a bad idea?

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Couldn't you simply drive through with your own car? Or is that a bad idea?

Good question.

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Where is Htee Khee - Suranon? Can't find it anywhere on Google maps.

Is it the three pagodas pass?

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Can you just turn up with a British passport & get a Visa to cross over for a few hours at Mae-Sai Tachileik

If so,how much do it cost ?

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The best news I've heard in years. Oh boy I do love Asia so much.

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Any more news on Ranong-Kawthaung?

Is it possible to venture a bit up the coast after crossing there ( and if so by what mode of transport)?

I take it Visa is Still via Bkk Embassy?

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