Myawaddy to Mae Sot

The Myawaddy to Mae Sot

Myawaddy-Mae Sot is an important crossroads for trade routes between Thailand and Burma. The new agreement between the two countries allows travellers crossing the Myawaddy-Mae Sot border to stay in Mae Sot for seven days. A Songthaew or other transport will take you from the Thai city of Mae Sot to the border crossing at the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge over the Moei River; Myawaddy is immediately on the other side of the bridge. Aliens must have a Myanmar visa before entering the country.

Merchants breathed a sigh of relief last week when the Myanmar-Thai border crossing in Myawaddy-Mae Sot was reopened to trade.

Mae Sot Border Crossing Myawaddy - Myanmar Forum

I' ve recently finished this trip and thought that I would be sharing my experiences as I know that many folks now take this itinerary to get to Thailand and most of the boards are via Mae Sot to Myawaddy. The crossing from Myawaddy to Mae Scot is very comfortable and easy. From Hpa An we left at 6.30 a.m. (collective taxis leave hourly from 6.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m., costs 8000kyatt per person).

It took about 2.5 hours, although we were said that it would take 3-4 hours on rough and winding highways. However, the track has greatly increased for the rest of the 45 km, making the ride more pleasant. We had to leave the cab on the highway, where we had to run 100m to the Myanmar/Boorder.

Simply crossing the viaduct, you will arrive at the Thai frontier, which can be reached on foot in about 5 minutes. When this is done, you'll be in Thailand! It' simple and fast with minimum wait as this is still a relatively new way to get into Thailand, so not many visitors use this itinerary.

If you are like us and have not changed any currency in front of you, there are some ATMs after you have crossed the boarder, either by turning to your right and going down the road or just going ahead when you leave the touks and go by. When we travelled to Chiang Rai, we had to take a tentuk touk touc to the mini buses terminal (not to the coach terminal, mini buses are about 4 km from Mae Sot terminal ), as the only coach to Chiang Rai from Mae Sot departs at 7am, but we got there around 10am.

There is a mini-van to Tak (78 Baht per person) which goes to Chiang Rai every hours, but since Tak is only a fast stopover, there is no way to make sure there is room on the coach, we were lucky enough to get on the first one that came to Chiang Rai.

It took about 7 hrs and 351 Baht per passenger.

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