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    Still not easy to take bikes into Myanmar (Burma)...

    I was in Mae Sot last week and took a stroll across the friendship bridge to Myawaddy to check things out-


    I didn't have a visa but you can get a day pass into Myawaddy for only 500 Thai Baht. You have to leave before the bridge closes at 6pm!



    Officials were very friendly on both the Thai and Myanmar sides but on Myanmar side they were very clear that you can not bring a motorcycle into the country without written authorization from a "Permanent Minister" in the capital. As I understand it, the easiest way to obtain such authorization is via a licensed tour agency in Myanmar.

    Alternatively, one can try to obtain authorization from a Myanmar embassy. Worked for this fellow: Burma the missing link of overland travel?

    Bottom line, without prior written authorization Myanmar is still a no-go for foreign registered bikes at this time.

    Myawaddy morning market-


    Adorable Burmese kid in Myawaddy, Myanmar-


    Burmese monks making their morning rounds-


    One of these days I'll contact the Myanmar embassy here in Bangkok to see if there's any chance of obtaining permission there to ride my bike into Myanmar. Would be pretty epic to get in there without a guide or escort!

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    looks interesting, I keep meaning to give it a whirl

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    You certainly get around tony

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    Look so ugly, dirty and poor !

    Thank you for the report anyway.

    :-)

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    was there last month Tony, what a dump! but less pressure and Traffic then the Northern Checkpoint, we were impressed with the Thai side of Mae Sot [Sod] Town

    Clean New shops, and Interesting Old Furniture Shops, some 3 > 4 story high, jammed with Old furniture

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    "day pass into Myawaddy for only 500 Thai Baht"

    Not exactly a bargain. I paid $20 for a 28 day visa.

    It will be awesome when can take bikes into all the neighboring countries.

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    ^ Do you need to buy a Thai re-entry permit on top of that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobR View Post
    ^ Do you need to buy a Thai re-entry permit on top of that?
    I'm on a 1 year multiple entry Non-B so no cost to exit and return to Thailand. Of course YMMV

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