Going to Burma from ThailandTravelling from Thailand to Burma
Bangkok to Burma - Thailand Visa Extension
It'?s a long way! When your visas have expired and you want to go beyond the first 30-day stamps or other tourism visas in Thailand, you must apply for a visas. There are two major Bangkok airport facilities. However, to keep on the floor, a one-day coach ride (plus a few other short stages) will give you the postmark and papers you need.
Cambodia visas are quite common, but on the Burmese side a new frontier travel alternative has emerged, which is a short trip and at the present time a calmer, fairly easy itinerary that you can organise yourself without a traveler. Coming from KB, take a cab to the checkpoint.
The same cab from KB was charged for the whole run (Kanchanaburi to Thai migration, then to Burmese migration, back to Thai migration, back to KB) at 1100 BH. There are" visas run" cabs from Kanchanaburi, which you can rent to cover a fee - about 1800 per one.
This was much faster and less painful, less bustling and frantic than the other run we made from Phuket to Burma.
Making a' Vis-Run' from Thailand to Myanmar (Burma) with children
We made our first'Visa Run' to Myanmar last week. We have a 6-month, multiple-entry Thailand visas. If you enter Thailand on this type of visas, you will receive a seal of approval to stay in Thailand for 60 consecutive nights. It was possible to get 1900 Bahts (£44/$58USD) on your immigrant account for a 30-day overtime.
They have to cover all costs (visa, prolongation of your stay etc.) per pass, i.e. our 11 months old child would also be 1900 Ba. Considering how inexpensive the Northern Thailand hotel is, we thought we could make a whole journey for the same costs as the 30-day overtime. It is about an hours car ride from Mae Sai, where we can travel to Myanmar for another 60 days.
Mae Sai, where you can travel to Tachileik, Myanmar, is about 4 hrs from Chiang Mai. It' s wonderful - juicy verdant hilltops, farmhouses and forests, with sporadic drives through a small city. I' d make this journey just for the ride. One of us paused and tried a taste of the smile.
Slightly more than 1/$1.50 (50 Baaht for a large bag). Not very far away before the children really began to protest, so we made an unplanned midday stop at Dr. Lee far. Finally we came to Mae Sai, the city at the border to Myanmar. Here is also the most northern point of Thailand.
Surrounding the area is full of automobiles and humans. We didn't see a spot of parkings, so we made a U-turn in front of the Department of Homeland Security to look down some of the side highways. Before the first turn to the lefthand a man held a shield for 50 Bahts, so we asked him.
From the sway it quickly became clear that the guy on the bicycle was quite intoxicated. But we had raised their hope for our 50 Bahts, so we followed them on. Drunken cyclist was a bit spooky (to be honest, he just wanted to interfere with my children, which is quite common in Thailand.
Afterwards we went through a small village on the Mae Sai side to get to Mae Sai. The majority of the goods were things you would have expected from a Thai fair - carving stones, pearls, handbags, woodcarvings, and so on. Obviously, immigrant officials are used to Farang (white foreigners) crossing borders. In my opinion, this point of migration is mainly for foreign nationals and to prevent the traffic in people.
One time through Thailand's migration we were led into a small room with lush vegetation, 3 writing tables and so on. At every table was an officer from Myanmar. We were asked if we would return to Thailand on the same date, which we said yes to. He then asked if we would go to the Myanmar market, to which we also replied yes.
The cost to a foreigner is 500 Bahts per pass (fair enough because we all do it to remain in Thailand longer). We cannot remain without a Myanmar Visum (Myanmar touristic visits are quite costly, so we did not get one for this trip). However they will let you attend the fairs as long as you let your passes with immigrants.
stamping our passes to Myanmar and then back. We payed 2000 bahts for the 4 passes (£46/$61). Then he gave us a voucher which we would need on the way back to Thailand to pick up our passes. Then we crossed the Thai-Myanmar river overpass.
An interesting fact - Thailand is left-hand driven, while Myanmar is right-hand driven. If you go over the viaduct, you'll have to go to the other side. Thailand is on the right, while Myanmar is on the other. Then we went to the Tachileik market.
The majority of goods were the same as the Thailand market. The chestnut grower sold roast chestnut trees, which are apparently only available on the Thailand-Myanmar frontier. However, we spent 40 Bahts on a piece of chocolate (Thai is the second official money in Myanmar), so we can at least say that we purchased something in Myanmar.
So we went back to INS. Where we were supposed to pick up our passes was quite evident. There' s a big shield with" Passports" on it. As always, the migration of Thailand was laborious. However, unlike Bangkok it was not air-conditioned, so part of the journey was a challenge for the children.
Thailands tickets demand that you fill in all your data twice - once for entering and once for leaving. Trying to fill them out in the scorching, non-ventilated area of Thailand's migration and keep two small kids entertained at the same time was no trifle. So we went through the migration, got new thailand import stamp, with 60 day vacation (hooray!) and were on our way.
About an hour ride back to Chiang Rai, the Nachtmarkt and our motel.