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Crossing Burma to Thailand

  • strangefish

    Joined Travelfish
    7th January, 2010
    Posts: 2

    We are off to Burma in early March and want to cross from Tachilek into Thailand. One of the tour operators has said fine they can sort it (they are a local operator who have had good reviews from people on various sites) another local operator has said it is not advisable, due to uncertainty, time, border tensions etc etc...
    Has anyone any advice on this to help us make a decision?

    #1 Posted: 7/1/2010 - 16:58

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  • anotherlost-

    Joined Travelfish
    14th September, 2009
    Posts: 34

    Tachileik itself has few attractions but the Kengtung valley is a lovely area and well worth visiting. The town itself is friendly, has many colonial buildings and an interesting market. The hill tribes in the region are much the same as over the border in Thailand - but see a fraction of the visitors.

    There were tensions many miles to the Northwest last year on the Chinese border, so you may have to travel with a guide here now. Not a problem as you always needed a guide anyway to trek to the villages. Fly from Mandalay or Heho (Inle Lake) to Kengtung, spend some time here and then fly or drive (about 4 hours) to the Tachileik / Mae Sai border. Contact www.mrmyanmartravel.com who can make the arrangements for you.

    #2 Posted: 7/1/2010 - 18:01

  • strangefish

    Joined Travelfish
    7th January, 2010
    Posts: 2

    Hey anotherlostsoul, thanks for the info, we were planning on going to Kentung, so lets hope the border crossing works!! thanks

    #3 Posted: 8/1/2010 - 01:14

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