Thailand to Myanmar by Road

Myanmar by road from Thailand

Bus fire killing 20 Myanmar migrants Twenty Myanmar immigrant labourers were murdered when their buses catched fire in north-western Thailand early Friday, said MEPs. They travelled to a neighborhood near Bangkok when their rented coach went up in fire at about 1:30 a.m. in Tak Province. It was not yet known what caused the fire, said Colonel Krissana Pattanacharoen, a spokesperson for the Royal Thai Highway Patrol.

There were 47 passengers on the coach and 27 got away, Colonel Krissana said. However, 20 more were murdered in the fire that burned the double-decker coach and leaving a burnt grenade on the side of the road. A caretaker of a Tak province emergency response group, Kittasak Boonchan, said he was at the crime site around 2:30 a.m., about 20 mins after the first emergency response group.

He said the flaming van was about 15 leagues from the emergency services station and delayed their reaction. Prior to the adoption by the Thai army regime last June of a strict act on migrants, the state had up to three million non-registered migrants, many from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam. New regulations, which provided for imprisonment of up to five years for work without proper documentation, prompted ten thousand employees to go home.

Those slaughtered on Friday had gone through the long new enrollment procedure to work in the land, Thai press agencies claim. Thailand's streets are known to be hazardous. According to the WHO, the number of road fatalities was the highest in the whole wide range, and in 2015 the second highest number of road fatalities was recorded after Libya.

At least 18 persons were murdered last weekend when a coach crossed the Mediterranean and slipped off a road in Nakhon Ratchasima province in north-east Thailand.

Yangon to Bangkok by road, rivers and rails - Goddard and Howse

The trip is the result of our long life in Burma. It was the thin strip of ground bordering Thailand to theheast and the Bay of Bengal to the east. This is the home of the Mon tribe, the Burmese monarchs and the guardians of Buddhism.

More recently, the prisoners of war were coerced into building a railroad from Thanbyuzayat to Kanchanaburi in Thailand in 1942, along with the native population and other imprisoned confederates. Recently the Myanmar-Thai frontier was opened, so we can now take a dirt road through isolated landscapes from the original Dawei seaport to Kanchanaburi.

We climb our magnificent riverboat and stay three days to explore the Kwai and the remains of the old train line and Hellfire Pass. The Yangon was founded in the tenth quarter as a small fishermen town near the Shwedagon Pagoda. At the appropriate time the British gave the town back to the locals, but they found the debate of Yangon complicated and by shaking rhyme became the name Rangoon until 1989 when the town reverted to its first name.

After exploring these structures and views on feet, we take the scenic walk to see everyday world. We drive northeast of Yangon to Bago, the old Mon capitol that ruled the Myanmar south shore for 1000 years. Visiting the 1000 year old Shwemawdaw Pagoda and the four sitting Buddha pictures in the Kyaikpun Pagoda, both remains of the Mon civilization that were the first to practise Buddhism in Myanmar.

Further eastwards lies one of Myanmar's most prominent landmark, the Golden Rockagoda ( "Kyaiktiyo"), which is known both for its sacred importance and for its fragile location on the rocks. In order to get to the top of the mountain, we have to change to a smaller car and take a curvy road about 11 kilometers to the hill.

In 1826, the British conquerors constructed their headquarters in the Salween River estuary in the town of Myanmar, which is located in Istanbul. It was immortalised by Rudyard Kipling, who wrote his poetry The Road to Mandalay as he looked out over the Rotten Seas from the viewpoint of the Kyaikthanlanagoda. Just a few minutes away from the town of U Nar Ouk, the name of the small town is derived from a 100 year old business man who became famous for his richness and generous character.

He donated the Kawnat Pagoda with its elaborate woodcarvings and singular architectonic characteristics, which cannot be seen in other parts of the state. We aim at Set Se by the sea with a wide sandy shore and little living space except for a city. In 1942, the notorious Thai-Burma railroad began to build and traveled 120 kilometers to the Thai frontier on the Thanbyuzayat Three Pagoda Pass.

Here the Myanmar part of the railroad encountered the Thai part, which was simultaneously constructed from both sides of the boarder. There' s a small fishermen town near our hotels, one or two shops and very little more. That part of Myanmar is not often used.

It meanders through coastline and then over hilly terrain, where the Shan Mountains plunge from the northern to the south. Gold Stupa's appear periodically above a leafy roof of growth, where well-preserved timber houses employ locals to spend their days. Situated at the confluence of the Dawei River, this charming old city has a story from the thirteenth c., where it originated under the Pagan courtyard.

It' s difficult to get away from Dawei, such a charming place, but the road to the Thai frontier is still ahead of us and a thrilling ride is imminent. It is only 180 km long and the first 60 km are paved before we arrive at a well-maintained gravel road for the rest of the itinerary.

Journey through largely unpopulated land and embrace a riverbank with stunning vistas. In the afternoon we arrive at the Thai frontier and after clearance through Thai and a new worid. Tonight we will be meeting our cruiser RV Rivers Kwai and our home for the next three afternoons.

The RV Kwai was the first barge in Thailand with only ten privately owned berths. Having spent our trip in Myanmar and driving on the dirt road, we have the opportunity to unwind and enjoy the breathtaking scenery as our ship sails along the Kwai Noi. We offer trips to the Kanchanaburi area, especially to the Japanese-Thai Burma Railway at what is known as Brightfire Pass and the wood bridge built by prisoners of war in Australia.

We return aboard our river boat and drive on the Kwai Noi. In the southwest of Thailand we also find remains of the Khmer influences from the Angkor era about 800 years ago.

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