Myanmar’s Amazing Potential for Cross-border Adventure
For years Khiri Travel Myanmar has been a pioneer, developing new routings and experiences throughout the country. There are plenty of fascinating opportunities to combine a trip to Myanmar with a few days relaxing on one of Thailand’s beaches, or going further and crossing into Laos or Cambodia.
Here are some suggestions and tips:
The Ranong /Kaw Thaung border crossing: this is the gateway to the Myeik Archipelago and the soon-to-be opened (expected March 2018) luxury Wa Ale Resort. There are daily flights between Yangon and Kaw Thaung (or between Ranong and Bangkok). It’s a beautiful drive from Ranong to Phuket, with a possible detour to visit the Anurak Community Lodge in Khao Sok.
Phu Nam Ron/Htee Kee border crossing linking Kanchanaburi with Dawei: it’s probably best to start in Myanmar and drive into Thailand as this border crossing does not accept the e-visa for Myanmar (the other three border points do accept Myanmar e-visas, exactly the same as at the country’s international airports). It’s a good border for people discovering Mon and Kayin states and who want to delve deeper into adventure with a ‘jungle train’ to Dawei. It’s a beautiful city with old colonial buildings and easy to explore on foot or on bike.
Mae Sot/Myawaddy border crossing: this is an excellent gateway to Kayin State with limestone karst mountains and caves as well as Mon State. There’s excellent food, rich history and some of the most impressive wooden monasteries and wood carving you’ll ever see in your life. We recommend continuing on to Yangon. Such a route allows for a stop at Golden Rock, Moe Yun Gyi bird watching reserve or biking along the old Dhammazedi Road).
Mae Sai / Tachileik border: this is probably our favourite one as it goes deep into the Golden Triangle which means colourful tribes and spectacular views during walks surrounding Keng Tung, which is about three hours’ drive from Tachileik (but pay attention: the ‘city gates’ close around 18:00 in the evening, so you better make sure you’re not locked out). From Keng Tung the spectacular ‘Opium Trails’ drive to Inle Lake opened again in Dec 2017 (but only with a travel permit). This route is the absolute favourite overland route of Khiri Travel Myanmar and some of the Top Gear team, who were the first to explore it.
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