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Kentung via Mae Sai border crossing

Arad
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Kentung via Mae Sai border crossing

Does somebody know if it is possible for solo traveler to cross Mae Sai border crossing from Thailand, travel to Kyaing Tong, trek the villages for 3 days and then return to Thailand via Mae Sai border crossing? Or the prearranged guide must meet me at Myanmar's side of the border crossing?

Thanks.

21 replies to this topic
Stockholm, Sweden
posts: 4
1. Re: Kentung via Mae Sai border crossing

I have the exact same question. Though want to stay like 1 week in Burma.

Yangon
posts: 376
2. Re: Kentung via Mae Sai border crossing

u will require permission through local agent from Kyaing Tong

u can't visit without a Guide to Kyaing Tong

Stockholm, Sweden
posts: 4
3. Re: Kentung via Mae Sai border crossing

How can I get a non gov. Guide then, and do anyone know the price/daily?

Warks.England
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4. Re: Kentung via Mae Sai border crossing

I suggest you contact a Myanmar agent (use spyglass search feature above for recommendations) and ask the question or send a PM to "sawYangon" the DE for Bagan who is an experienced trecker/guide.

Stockholm, Sweden
posts: 4
5. Re: Kentung via Mae Sai border crossing

But if I don't want a guide. Could it be possible to fly to Yangoon, then fly to Kengteung. Then go landway back into Thailand? Do anyone know if this is possible?

Warks.England
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for Myanmar, Yangon (Rangoon), Ngapali, Tossa de Mar
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6. Re: Kentung via Mae Sai border crossing

No, it is not possible.

Arad
posts: 31
7. Re: Kentung via Mae Sai border crossing

Below is the info I got from the travel agent ( based in Yangon ) on May 3 2012

after she contacted the Ministry of Tourism.

For permission

1) Special permit

You enter Myanmar via Tachileik and want to travel onward and exit the

country via Yangon (or) enter Myanmar and want to travel onward and

exit the country via Tachileik. Must obtain special permission for

this and we require client details (name as per passport, passport no,

nationality, the whole trip plan from your arrival date to departure

date with name of hotels where you will be staying throughout your

trip) to apply the permission latest 30 days prior to arrival. We have

to pay the special permit fees to MOHT. The client have to give the

permission approval letter copy to immigration and the client pay the

border pass fees to there. And also you have to take the guide for

border pass tour and visit in Kyaingtong.

2) Entry Permit

It's not need special permission for Tachileik–Kyaing Tong–Tachileik

trip. But client leave their passport at border pass. Client can go to

there with entry permit (7 days visa) for Tachileik & Kyaing Tong area

that is not valid for travel to other parts of Myanmar. The client

have to pay entry permit and border pass fees to immigration. The

client have to take the car from Kyaing Tong to Tachileik, it take

about 5:00 hours (102 miles) drive. The route is not too bad. Clients

have to take the guide for this trip.

I'have also found more relevant info on - line:

www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa…

www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa…

Hope it helps.

Stockholm, Sweden
posts: 4
8. Re: Kentung via Mae Sai border crossing

Thnx alot!!

Melbourne, Australia
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9. Re: Kentung via Mae Sai border crossing

I have just returned from Myanmar.... 2nd Oct.

I exited Thailand and told the immigration at Tachilek I wanted to go to KT. They took me to the Min of hotels and tourism next door. The MOH arranged a guide within an hour. The guide went to buy the bus tickets for he and I and indeed it takes approx 4.5 hrs to reach KT ... Good road. independent travel around KT appears impossible at the moment even with a MOH guide. To trek you need another guide hired locally. This will be arranged by whichever agency you use in KT for arranging your trek. I didn't do this and do not know the cost. I do know that I was not allowed out of KT city limits with my MOH guide from Tachilek.

the Tachilek guide cost 1000 baht per day ... Approx $35. You also pay the bus fare but you do not have to pay th guides accommodation. The guest house I used tried to charge me but after a couple of calls to the MOH this demand was reversed.

You also need to pay 500 baht for your entry permit at the border, provide 3 photos and your passport. You are then provided with an entry permit and several copies of the permit and passport. They do th copying. Your passport remains at the immigration office in Tachilek and is collected when you leave. The copies and permit are shown to every check point you pass on the way to KT and also to immigration in KT itself where you are registered on arrival. The permit allows you to stay in the area for up to 14 days. Onward travel beyond KT is impossible; you must return via Tachilek.

Chiang Mai, Thailand
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10. Re: Kentung via Mae Sai border crossing

I asked the immigration officers about this a few months ago and they said it's open now without guide. Better to try from the Thai side (Mai Sai - Tachilek - Kengtung) first to make sure it's true. Not sure I would take their word for it.

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