Trip report from Phu Nam Ron, closest border to Bangkok for Visa extensions being only 200km via Kanchanaburi and or quickest overland route to Myanmar.
I left Bangkok in the morning taking the shuttle bus which leaves throughout the day at 20-40 minute intervals. The minibus cost $110 Bhat, but equally I could have bused or the train. The mini van dropped me at the Kanchanaburi bus station.
From there we then caught the 11:30am (also 10:30 & 12:30) bus from Kanchanaburi to Phu Nam Ron, note this is the blue bus which costs 70 Bhat, not the red one which goes to a similar named town. The bus arrived a little after 1pm. For those driving you need to take the AH 123 / 3512 which is a new road all the way. In Phu Nam Ron there is a cosy cafÃ© right next to the immigration office which does good coffee and lunches.
The Thai immigration is small but well setup to stamp and process, being a new border gate the crowds are still minimal, no chaos like other crossings. You travel into Myanmar where the goad turns to gravel in the some untouched jungle at which point the Visa runnerâ€™s return to Thailand. While we got our Myanmar Visas stamped by Myanmar immigration and continued through to Dawei and Maung Ma Kan Beach approximately 150km on the Myanmar side of the border. Amazing place much more like Thailands beaches 20 odd years ago.
The full blog and info on the Myanmar side can be found on my blog http://www.southernmyanmar.com/transportation/phu-nam-ron-border-crossing-blog/
#1 relaxedTrev has been a member since 20/11/2013. Posts: 13
Thanks for that, very useful info and a good blog too, I've just bookmarked it!
Sounds like this wasn't just a simple visa run though and you had a 28 day visa already in your passport? If someone managed to travel further into Myanmar on the 14 day stamp they issue at the border, that would be news indeed!