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Getting to Myanmar by coach from Thailand - Myanmar Message Board
Hello, I'm going to Bangkok for 2 week at the end of September. I' d like to go to the north of Thailand (Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai) and also to Yangon and Bagan (maybe another town in Myanmar, if you think it's profitable).
bangkok-yaangon by coach lasts about 24h, so better several stations, dawei, dawlamyaing, haan, golden skirt, bagso. the information on videoravelbangkok website is out of date and incorrect, for example myawaddy-haan, 12h, actually only 4h.
I' ll take the Bangkok -Yangoon to Mymar. The name of the entrance point. There is no rail from Bangkok to Yangon, you have to take a coach.
Cross-border logistics between Thailand and Myanmar
Bordering Thailand and Myanmar is not as easy as you might think, as laws and regulation are constantly evolving. In order to prevent problems when exceeding these limits, it is advisable to plan in advance in order to prevent aggravation. While there are four country transitions between Myanmar and Thailand, only three of them are available if you enter on a tourist visa.
Kawthaung Landübergang is near Chiang Rai, in the northern part of Thailand. It is a favourite Thai boarder run for travellers, as you do not need a visas to get back to Myanmar if you return to Thailand on the same date. Using this crossroad as your gate to Myanmar may cause you some difficulty as you will need a federal passport and a tourist guidebook to get through the area.
So I tried to get out through that intersection and it wasn't possible unless I was flying to Kawthaung. For overland travel to Myanmar, I suggest the Myawaddy/Mae Sot or Ranong/Kawthaung borders. To see the currently approved areas in Myanmar, click here. Myawaddy/Mae Sot is situated in the centre of Myanmar and is by far the most messy country crossroad.
Myanmar is miles away in highway transport, but you can take a Sonthaew to the Friendship Brigde without having to sit in line and cross the state. Traffiic changes lane from right to lefthand, half way across the gangway! Kawthaung Ranong is situated in southern Myanmar, divided by a stream.
Prior to leaving Thailand, drive to the Ranong Jetty immigrant agency before getting on your long tail boats to Kawthaung. When in Kawthaung, go to the migration center along the boardwalk to get your Myanmar tourism visas. Prepare for a long and rough trip - the streets in Myanmar are not too warm.
Have all your Kyats exchanged for US Dollar or Burt before you leave Myanmar, as it will be very hard to find a place ready to do so. Make sure you have your departure stamps before reaching or exiting Myanmar. On the way to Myanmar? Take our free Insider's Guide and explore the best of Myanmar with our free advice!