I have the exact same question. Though want to stay like 1 week in Burma.
u will require permission through local agent from Kyaing Tong
u can't visit without a Guide to Kyaing Tong
How can I get a non gov. Guide then, and do anyone know the price/daily?
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.
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?
No, it is not possible.
Below is the info I got from the travel agent ( based in Yangon ) on May 3 2012
after she contacted the Ministry of Tourism.
1) Special permit
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:
Hope it helps.
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.
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.