I was in Chiang Mai when I decided to cross the borders and travel to Thailands neighbor country Myanmar. I wasn’t prepared at all so I had to find as
It soon turned out that the land crossing in Mae Sot / Myawaddy is not the closest but a safe and practical Crossing in terms of my destinations I wanted to visit in Myanmar.
What you should know before you enter Myanmar
I read dozens of different Blogs about Money Exchange and the border Crossing but it turned out completely different then I expected. First of all: The Border Crossing in Mae Sot / Myawaddy went way smoother than many other border crossings I had in Asia so far.
Visa: Check what kind of E Visa your Country needs to enter Myanmar. I did my E-Visa about 7 Days in advance on the Official Government E Visa Website website. I actually received the E-Visa only 24 hours later but if you are in a hurry, then book the express version. For the right picture size: I took a Selfie and Printscreened it to lower the Size of the Pic which worked well.
Money: Everywhere was written that people use US dollars in Myanmar, so I exchanged Money in Thailand half Burmese Kyat and half US Dollars. It turned out, that I never in my whole trip actually could use
Mae Sot / Myawaddy Land Crossing
in my Hostel Stamps in Chiang
The Crossing is very busy, especially cars stay in line for hours. A traveler like me is lucky, we get priority and go to two different counters where the officers want to see my printed E-Visa and let me through without hesitating. I read before that I need about 30 Dollars to enter, but I actually never had to pay but just in case: bring it, you never know.
The entire border crossing took about 15 minutes and
Arriving in Myanmar
As soon as you crossed the bridge, many Taxi Drivers want your attention. I chose a Minivan I shared with five other Tourists from Myawaddy to Hpa An. Hpa An is the first stop for most of the travelers. It is a nice city with many Pagodas and Monasteries to see. For the 2.5 hours