Three Pagodas Pass
Three Pagodas Pass
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3.5
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terrynev
Yorkshire255 contributions
Jan 2015 • Friends
Hired a couple of motor bikes and headed to the Three Pagodas. Interesting ride with numerous military checkpoints giving a feel for what it must be like for the stateless people living here. Good views as we approach the Three Pagodas. Very large market which was just closing down (13:00) which would have been good to see. Boarder crossing was open but we didn't have our passports!!! This is where the death railway crossed into Burma and there is 20 feet of the original track marking this which is nice to see that the PoW are still remembered. Not much else to see but worth a couple of hours of your holiday.
Written February 23, 2015
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Chita & Nigel
Bangkok, Thailand339 contributions
Aug 2020 • Couples
These are very small pagodas! However the place is pleasant enough. There is a small memorial to the Death Railway. Overall not really worth the drive from Sangklaburi, to be honest.
Written August 7, 2020
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RKS S
Belfast, UK220 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
I've visited this area several times over the years as my wife and her family are Thai, they are able to walk (or drive) across the border but I need a visa which is available at the crossing.
There are replicas of the three Pagodas on the Thai side of the crossing to show tourists what they are like, it's amazing how many foreigners think these are the real Pagodas. The real Pagodas are in Myanmar (Burma) and can't be seen from the crossing point.
There is a small cluster of shops and stalls selling locally made goods, food stalls and coffee shops. There are several stalls selling duty free alcohol and cigarettes with a vast assortment of Scotch Whisky but be warned the sellers tip off the local police & customs of your purchases and there is a customs checkpoint enroute back to Sangkhlaburi where the goods will be confiscated and possible fines issued.
Written December 4, 2016
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Ross M
Melbourne, Australia176 contributions
May 2015 • Solo
I first visited TPP about 20 years ago, when the road from Kanchanaburi was very poor, few petrol stops (I was on a motorcycle), and bandits a real threat/risk. Fortunately I arrived OK, and liked the slow pace of Sangklaburi, but not much to do.

The ride out to TPP was worth it. I've had a fascination with the railway for many years, and TPP being the place where it crossed from Burma to Thailand made it a must see.

I was almost disappointed when I saw the pagodas, the size unimpressive, and nothing but dead grass/lawn surrounding because it was the dry season, but they do have a particular attraction, and are quite fascinating newly whitewashed wrapped in yellow fabric.

One doesn't need much imagination to 'see' a train stopped there in the middle of the night taking on coal and water, and the crew eating at one of the many stalls that would have been there at the time.

Now, TPP is a sleepy place, another market selling the same as so many markets. There is a restaurant about 50 meters south of the actual border crossing, with its back railing right on the border with Burma, that does a great Pad Thai though.

A traveling colleague took a picture across the border and within 30 seconds a Burmese soldier arrived to confiscate the camera. There was nothing to take pics of, so it was a gross over reaction, and probably what he though an opportunity to get himself a camera. Some fierce argument ensued, and he didn't get the camera.

for history buffs, TPP is a must visit.....for others, you may find it interesting.
Written June 8, 2015
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percyverance
Colne, UK181 contributions
Nov 2011 • Friends
Rode rented Honda Wave 125cc motorcycles through army checkpoint to the border noticing a strong Thai army presence. Conscious that I'd read of Burmese forces snatching dissidents and Thai Special Forces engaged in the area to prevent incursions, so stayed on the Highway.
Good views into neighbouring Burma but the border was closed though local Mon/Karen children were freely crossing from Thailand without being stopped!
And where else in Thailand is the influence of India found in the food? Burmese Inn Sangkhlaburi serves delicious Burmese curries, particularly delicious is the tea leaf one.
Written January 11, 2012
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Dario S
Thailand218 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
The Three Pagodas are not large and impressive; but the place has historical significance. This is the place where the Thai side of the Death Railway met the Burmese side, not much to see but worth a couple of hours of your holiday.
Written September 26, 2018
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John R
Bangkok, Thailand111 contributions
Jun 2017 • Couples
The Three Pagoda Pass is exactly that, a border post with three ordinary and small pagodas on a patch of green grass at the official Thai border to Myanmar. As a border it seems to be only semi-official, Thais can pass freely with only a identity card but there are no immigration facilities for non-Thais to cross and re-enter. As a foreigner unable to make the crossing, I am told that on the Myanmar side there is nothing new or spectacular anyway.
On the Thai side there are souvenir shops aplenty and shops selling "duty-free" goods like cigarettes and alcohol at significantly reduced prices, genuine or not Caveat Emptor, "let the buyer be aware". A 20 km drive on superb new roads from the nearest Thai town of Sangkhlaburi, it is worth a visit just for the photo op and to be able to say "been there, done that" !
Written June 30, 2017
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MR2006
Newcastle, Australia103 contributions
Mar 2017 • Solo
As we were nearby I chose to visit there. A high army presence but they were entirely friendly to me and my driver.
The chance to stand on the place where the ancient invasion of Burma against Thailand took place was historically worthwhile.
The change around now of the bustling and efficient Thailand against the divided and racially divided Myanmar was striking as the Thais tried to legitimately protect their borders . Nothing much beyond the three pagodas at the site but the chance to visit the largest wooden bridge in Thailand
The sunken temples and the sail around the man made lake was spectacular and the people delightful.
A long trip from Bangkok even with my experienced vet competent taxi driver but with the new and reason able accomodation there that would be preferable.
Do not miss the Mon market accross the bridge very reasonable and the same in Banglok pure cotton and unique designs were at up to three times the cost,
Written March 14, 2017
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MJS2210
Bangkok, Thailand181 contributions
Oct 2016 • Couples
The border crossing used to be a major crossing in/ out of Myanmar.

It's a historic site as its believed that this is where Buddhism entered into Thailand from India .

The site also marks the point where the Japanese death railway ended in Thailand.

The visit here wont be long . A few snaps, a look through the small bazaar and you'll be done .

Dont eat any of the samosa's being peddled by the locals. Fried until death in old oil.
Written November 9, 2016
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Peffer
Ranong Province, Thailand295 contributions
Jul 2016 • Friends
If you going to wooden mon bridge, on the way can stop by three pagodas. It's the border between Myanmar and Thailand.

Outside the border lots of shops available for some shopping, you will see many products of Myanmar!

That's the immigration border, if you want to visit Myanmar few tour agent available there too
Written July 17, 2016
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