Myanmar Journals

Green Pagodas, Golden People

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A travel journal to Myanmar by SeenThat

Human Horse - Tachilek Photo, Myanmar, Asia More Photos
Quote: Myanmar is a kind of magical place in our collective memory, maybe due to the excellent novel by Orwell, or maybe due to the postcard nature of blue and gold pagodas half-hidden in the exuberant greenery. In any case few will resist the temptation of visiting it.

Green Pagodas, Golden People

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Monks in Tachilek Photo, Myanmar, Asia
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If you have decided to enter despite the themes to be considered, Myanmar has many rewards to offer mainly around its colourful culture, a wonderful mix of Burmese, Indian and British themes. Their wonderful, tin roofed pagodas, maybe already seen by you in north-western Thailand are quite a change after the otherwise regularly shaped South East Asian ones; the Indians roti, sweets and chai which have became staple foods among the locals; the different ethnical groups living together - especially in the north; the local traditional industries - as coal burners’ production; all these are more than enough a reason to visit that mystic country but not the only ones. Pay attention to the makeup used by me...Read More

1 - Crossing The Lines

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Tachilek Photo, Myanmar, Asia
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At the time of my visits, there were four open passes for tourists between Thailand and Myanmar, and three of them offered a stamping in your passport, thus offering a comfortable way to renew your Thai visa. Usually called a "Visa Run," the process consists of approaching one of these passes, checking out at the Thai immigration, getting entry and exit stamps from immigration at Myanmar, and then returning to Thailand, ready for a new 30-day "visa-on-arrival." From north to south, the passes are: Tachilek is in front of Mae Sai, the northernmost town of Thailand. By far, this is the most popular and orderly cross to Myanmar. Mainly Thais in search of cheap merchandises at the huge Tachil...Read More

2 - Myawaddy

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The Westernmost Town Photo, Mae Sot, Thailand
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Myawaddy is the most expensive place to renew your visa, as the immigration in Myanmar asks for ten dollars, as opposed to the five of the other places; maybe this is the result of their being the closest point to Bangkok and very accessible from Tak, or maybe (and unprobably) it shows a will to develop this very poor place. You must pay to them with new, crispy notes or your money will not be accepted. If you want to pay with Thai Bahts, you will be asked to pay 500B, which are closer to 12.5 dollars than to ten. Even if you pay in Bahts, your receipt will show ten dollars, as the difference goes to the dedicated officers; this is a sophisticated scheme, as nobody in town will change your Bahts into ...Read More

3 - Tachilek

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Makeup - Tachilek Photo, Myanmar, Asia
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It is possible for tourists to cross with or without a visa and to stay up to three days on the Burmese side. To cross without a visa, you leave your passport at the Thai immigration. To the Burmese immigration, you show a photocopy of the picture's page of the document, where they put a stamp and then they provide a small permit paper without any personal details of the holder. The Burmese will charge $5, or 250 Baht, per day in a similar fashion to the one described in the Myawaddy entry. Tachilek is a small border town in the border between Myanmar and Thailand. It is located within the Shan State, one of the seven states making the Union of Myanmar. Along the bridge there is a doubtful sign ...Read More

Na Lay Indian Restaurant

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Na Lay Restaurant - Tachilek Photo, Myanmar, Asia
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5 - Na Lay The Na Lay Indian Restaurant is a basic snacks' restaurant placed in a humble-sized room behind an Indian sweets-selling window. The place serves as an encounter place for locals searching for a chat and a variation from the ruling Thai food in the area. To reach it, if you are entering from Thailand, continue straight with the bridge road till the traffic circle and then turn right into the main river-parallel street in Tachilek and you will see Na Lay at your right side after a few tens of meters. The restaurant owner, dressed in a local men's skirt, will welcome you at the entrance, and besides a seat at a basic table and the menu, ...Read More

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