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Crossing land borders and travelling by bike in Burma

Posted by ewcyna on 21/10/2013 at 04:24


I am about to travel by bike in Asia and definitely want to visit Burma. I was happy to hear about a few land crossings open but then the information is a bit unclear to me .. and I am busy doing my planning now.
Well, the question is: can I enter Burma, travel there by bike and leave country by land crossing, too?
I know I have to obtain visa beforehand and it is for 28 days only.
Thank you in advance for your help!

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Posted by sapote on 21/10/2013 at 19:14

hi there, i am bicycling in north Malaysia and into north Thailand starting dec. i too have wanted to bike in Burma but could not find any open land crossings. also i have the impression it is much more expensive. i do hope i am able to go at some time and will be eager to hear your reports.

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Posted by busylizzy on 22/10/2013 at 09:08

I have no first hand knowledge, but this article might be useful:

(Something I bookmarked recently...)

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Posted by ewcyna on 22/10/2013 at 11:09

Thanks again, but actually I've read this article before and now again and still want to make sure, sorry!
Looks like I can enter the country but cannot travel there freely?

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Posted by tourister on 26/10/2013 at 03:49

@ewcyna - familiar face from travelbit;go there to "Asia",open thread about autostop in Asia.They have special department "autostop" but I mean "Azja".Or google "autostopemprzezzycie" - it may work.
One autostopowicz has entered Burma through MaeSot(near Tak) - you can read about it in his blog.
Some cyclists from PL are doing the same way right now;I will try to contact them for you.
I will also send you priva in TB about something else.

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Posted by ewcyna on 26/10/2013 at 06:17

@tourister thanks for info - will look to your links.
Actually this week I visited the embassy of Burma in Berlin, they confirmed that entering the country by land by bike is possible.

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Posted by nue_travelling on 30/5/2014 at 21:27

Crossing Myanmar with own car (Thailand -> India) in Aug or Sep 2014

Hello to all the passionate travellers out there!
My girlfriend and me plan to cross Myanmar with our own car in either August or September this year (2014) as part of our raod trip from Australia all the way back to Germany. According to our current knowledge crossing this beautiful country is not as difficult as it used to be. Mainly it is a matter of money. Since the government still charges high prices on entering with own cars (using a local licensed tour operator is mandatory). These costs can be reduced significantly if enough cars (people) can be found to join the group. We have found such a local licensed tour operator in Myanmar who can organize all kinds of tours with own cars in Myanmar but it is up to us to find other people who are interested in joining us (like I have said to make the high costs of such a tour organization affordable). We want to enter Myanmar coming from Thailand and travel on to India. If you are interested in joining us in the second half of August or in September please contact us: nue.travelling[AT]gmail[DOT]com - if anyone has information about other groups already planning something similar please let us know likewise!
Kind regards,
Enrico and Nadine

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Posted by relaxedTrev on 19/6/2014 at 00:07

yes it is very possible and easy to take your bike in a border.

you have three borders to choose from if your comming from Thailand

Ranong crossing- very bottom of Myannar, the first 200km of road is almost unrideable, suggest you take the ferry to Myeik and start from there.

Phu Nam Ron Crossing- Most recommended, is closest to Bangkok and ends up in Dawei. for more info google "Phu nam ron border crossing" basically from kanchanaburi thailand it is 70km to the border you can sleep in Phu Nam Ron, from there 145km mostly downhill to Dawei, there are trucks and minivans too if you dont want to ride it all. Dawei is nice, freindly and good beaches.

Mae Sot - very windy and a reasonable sided hill, comes out at Hpa-an myanmar. a big day on the bike but can be done. hpa-an is awesome lots of caves and things to see.

would sugggest comming in Phu Nam Ron and exiting Mae Sot or vise versa.

as long as you have your 28 day visa comming in one of these three borders you are free to travel about in myanmar.

have fun...

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Posted by ewcyna on 19/6/2014 at 07:55

Thanks for the info.
Well, I have already cycled Myanmar in February. Flew in but left by Mae Sot land border making it over the hill.
Loved the country and the people even though had a bit too much of police or secret police interest since they followed me often.
But still Myanmar is a highlight if my bicycle Asia tour.

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