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Jonathan Fairfield

No more Kanchanaburi border runs

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I knew it couldn't last.

When I was there a few months ago, there were van loads and car fulls arriving one after the other. All 100% out/ins.

Two Swedes told me they left from Hua Hin at 4:30am in a visa company van.

Now what?

'nuff said

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Real shame they have closed this crossing for border hops as I live in Kan and it was very convenient. Wifey is pleased however as she really likes the markets we pass going to the Mae Sot alternative. Hopefully they won't start requesting a valid Burmese visa for there too.

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I live in HH and have been to this border crossing. It was much better going here than to Ranong. It's a shame they've closed it.

I wonder if they will introduce the same system as at Ranong where you pay 10 or 12 USD (if i remember correctly) and they give you a temporary stamp which allows you to enter Myanmar for the purpose of stamping in and out on your Thailand extension or visa.

**Edit to say that they haven't actually closed it, but we now need a Myanmar visa to go across, right?

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Two off topic posts removed. This is about the need to get a visa for Myanmar in order to use this border crossing.

This is apparently because Myanmar has stopped doing border passes there. It has nothing to do do with Thai immigration.

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How far into Myanmar can Thai nationals travel without a Burmese visa? Anyone know?

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How far into Myanmar can Thai nationals travel without a Burmese visa? Anyone know?

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My question too!

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I am confused. Who's idea was it? Thailand or Myanmar?

If you want to obtain a Tourist Visa from the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok you need a valid air ticket. So it makes no sense if you have to fly anyway.

not sure about the embassy but

i am going to Burma next week, as i live in Phuket and have no desire to spend a night in bangkok i used myanmarvisa dot com,

they did not ask for a ticket

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I am confused. Who's idea was it? Thailand or Myanmar?

If you want to obtain a Tourist Visa from the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok you need a valid air ticket. So it makes no sense if you have to fly anyway.

No you dont. And you also don't have to leave at the same port as you enter either (another common misconception).

Passport, couple of simple forms and 810Bt is all that is required.

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How far into Myanmar can Thai nationals travel without a Burmese visa? Anyone know?

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My question too!

Not far, maybe Dawei but I wouldn't risk it. Dawei hotels may be confused by Thai visitors arriving on just an ID card and there could be uncomfortable run-ins with the local police over there - it's easy enough for Thais to obtain a Myanmar visa for just 810 Baht like the rest of us and then they can also travel to other parts of the country. Once VOA is in place (apparently Thais should become eligible soon but the agreement hasn't been signed) then I would tell them not to worry but until then a Thai passport (costs only 1000 Baht) and a Myanmar visa is by far the best course of action.

Besides, there's nothing of interest until you get to Dawei. The border town (Thee Khee) on the Myanmar side doesn't even offer any shopping or anything to do apart from arranging onward transportation or travelling into Thailand. It's merely a place with 4-5 shacks, and onward transport to the rest of the country via Dawei. Note also that Thai cars can't enter Myanmar there, they can go merely up to Myanmar immigration for the day but beyond that either permission is required (usually caravan tours enter this way) or travel must be conducted in a Myanmar registered vehicle.

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I am confused. Who's idea was it? Thailand or Myanmar?

If you want to obtain a Tourist Visa from the Myanmar Embassy in Bangkok you need a valid air ticket. So it makes no sense if you have to fly anyway.

Rubbish. An air ticket has never been a requirement to obtain a Myanmar visa in Bangkok or anywhere else, even years ago when all land borders were closed. I have entered Myanmar 5 times last year, 3 times via the land borders and not once did I require an air ticket when I applied for my visas. BTW of those 5 visas, 2 were applied for in Bangkok, 1 in Canberra, 1 in Vientiane and 1 in Kunming.

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I live in HH and have been to this border crossing. It was much better going here than to Ranong. It's a shame they've closed it.

I wonder if they will introduce the same system as at Ranong where you pay 10 or 12 USD (if i remember correctly) and they give you a temporary stamp which allows you to enter Myanmar for the purpose of stamping in and out on your Thailand extension or visa.

**Edit to say that they haven't actually closed it, but we now need a Myanmar visa to go across, right?

They haven't closed it - you merely need a Myanmar visa to use it so perhaps you might want to consider sending your passport to Bangkok for the visa and then traveling across, not too difficult I think. To answer your question compared to Ranong, well yes that's what the previous system was like until this week - for $20 you could travel to Dawei and back and stay 1 week.

I think Myanmar is right to provide one system for entering the country like nearly every other country - if you need a visa you should get it in advance unless available at the border (such as Cambodia and Laos). There shouldn't be a dual system where if you enter without a visa you are subject to all sorts of time and travel restrictions, guide requirements (at the Mae Sai crossing) etc. The Phu Nam Ron/Htee Khee border crossing has stopped the dual system now it seems, maybe the other 3 borders will be next and thus all of them will require a Myanmar visa in advance.

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Are they doing this at the Mai Sai border too? I have a multiple entry non-o visa that forces me to leave the country every 90 days & re-enter...Just need to know if I have to fly out of Thailand this time or if I can just do the bus run to mai sai again....

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