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Drive northwards at Huay Kaew and the moat instead of westwards. Please bring: -800THB for scheduled services (pick-up on 4 working day) or 1600THB (pick-up on 3 working day). It seems there is no way to work on the same time. So I asked for a run and that brought me my visas until Friday afternoons.
If not, it would have been Monday afternoons for the scheduled services. Hopefully this will help anyone looking for a Myanmar in Chiang Mai!
Myanmar-Thailand visa free travel begins
The Thailand/Myanmar Memorandum of Understanding entered into force last Tuesday. It allows common owners of passports from Thailand and Myanmar who travel by plane through an airport to travel to the other side without a visas if their residence is restricted to tourist activities and is 14 or less at most.
Yangon's Thai embassy said the aim of visa-free travel is to ease and improve travelling and intercultural exchanges between Thailand and Myanmar. Myanmar-based Pisanu Suvanajata, Thailand's embassador to Myanmar, greeted the first Thai traveller to arrive at Yangon International Airport without a valid visas. "Thailand and Myanmar are close neighbors, so we must promote exchanges in every sense - even among our population.
It does not supersede or amend any other rules for travelling between Thailand and Myanmar for nationals of both states. Especially sightseeing and commercial visits can still be applied for at the relevant embassy or consulate. The rules on crossings at overland borders also stay in place.
Currently the exemptions apply only to passengers from Thailand and Myanmar using one of the regular services between Bangkok or Chiang Mai and Yangon, Mandalay or Naypyitaw. There are four large crossings at Mae Sot-Myawaddy, Mae Sai-Tachileik, Phu Nam Ron-Htee Khee and Ranong-Kawthaung, which still need a current passport or visas.
Pisanu said, however, that there was "a powerful will of both governments" to expand visas to include checkpoints in the EU. Following Myanmar's decade-long process of national and international economical and international separation from its neighbours, the completion of the Myanmar Visa Waiver Agreement is another important landmark in Myanmar's effort to strengthen its ties with other ASEAN member states.
A new Consulate General of Myanmar was opened in Chiang Mai, Thailand, on 29 July. Reciprocal visa-free travel arrangements have already been signed with Vietnam, Laos, Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines. Burma is also more closely linked to its ASEAN neighbor Laos when the first Laos-Myanmar Friendship Bridge over the Mekong River between Xiangkok, Luang Namtha Province and Kenglap, Tachileik County in eastern Shan State, was opened in May.