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    Mae Sai Border Checkpoint Between Thailand and Myanmar To Extend Hours


    Myanmar traders cross the border into Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai to resume their daily business on the Thai side
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    Bangkok Post
    November 21, 2014
    Writer: Nauvarat Suksamran

    Hours at the Mae Sai border checkpoint will be extended in December to serve growing border trade and tourism between Thailand and Myanmar.

    Somchai Rungsakhon, chief of Mae Sai district in Chiang Rai province, said on Friday that from Dec 1, the border would be open for crossing until 9pm, instead of the current 6.30pm. The checkpoint will continue to open at 6.30am.

    He added that, next year, the checkpoint's closing time would be extended to midnight.

    Mae Sai district receives as many as 5 million visitors annually. The border pass there is in Wiang Phang Kham sub-district and is 61 kilometres from the centre of Chiang Rai.

    Mae Sai is the northernmost district of Thailand and is adjacent to Tachileik town in Myanmar. Both localities are separated by the Sai River which marks the border there.

    The value of Thai-Myanmar trade through the Mae Sai border pass stood at 12.15 billion baht in the 2014 fiscal year ending Sept 30, and Thailand posted a trade surplus of about 11 billion baht there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumocakewalk
    Mae Sai Border Checkpoint Between Thailand and Myanmar To Extend Hours


    Reckon anybody cares?

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    Would this extension of checkpoint hours benefit tourists who might want to make a day trip from Thailand into Myanmar?

    Pardon my lack of knowledge on this matter. I'm just wondering if there is any benefit at all to foreign visitors. I may be getting confused between immigration office activities and what goes on at a 'checkpoint'.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumocakewalk
    Would this extension of checkpoint hours benefit tourists who might want to make a day trip from Thailand into Myanmar?
    No, not really.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumocakewalk View Post
    Would this extension of checkpoint hours benefit tourists who might want to make a day trip from Thailand into Myanmar?

    Pardon my lack of knowledge on this matter. I'm just wondering if there is any benefit at all to foreign visitors. I may be getting confused between immigration office activities and what goes on at a 'checkpoint'.
    Yes its open to all of course nice pricing apartheid basically whities pay $10 or bahts 500 so having a crisp clean undamaged $10 will allow you a visit to the street sweepers strike,viagara touts,dirty cafes and street mkts full of cheap chinese trash.Good valyue liquor and samosas.

    Also allows poor burmeses bastards more time to hustle in siam,Old dears dont schlepp great sacks for nothing.

    NB tho Ive never been asked on re-entry to Thailand there's a sign sating how much cash 20k you can be asked to show
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sumocakewalk
    Would this extension of checkpoint hours benefit tourists who might want to make a day trip from Thailand into Myanmar?
    Hmmm, I suppose that it would mean more time over the border if you were over nighting in Mae Sai and wanted to wander about on the other side. I've never really seen the attraction myself. I just pay the $10 and go in and out.

    There's nothing much over there that you can't get on the Thai side.

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    ^^ ^
    Thanks for clarifying.

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    Very few visits to Tachiliek these days except for Thais on the weekend and the occasional tour group going into the market. Still got cheap Gordons gin.

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