Tamu is in Myanmar. It's a small town at the border to India. It is the only border crossing (Moreh/Tamu) to date (May 2015), for tourists between these 2 countries.
The border is open to independent travellers since August 2014, as far the information goes.
After 8th of August 2018. You just need your passport and a printout of the Myanmar e-visa to enter Myanmar From Tamu border checkpoint
Tamu is a little beautiful and clean town. You will find a totally different attitude in the people and the general feeling is just pleasant, if you just come from India.
You will find a lot of friendly greeting people, you will be invited for chats. You will find nicely taken care of wooden houses and gardens, by walking into town from India. It is refreshing ...
You won't be able to exchange money, except of indian rupees in small grocery stores and dollars in Power Guest House, maybe. We had no difficulties paying for our food with indian rupies, but better ask before if they accept them. 100 INRs was as 1500 kyat (June 2015)
You can use ATM to receive money, though.
AYA Bank - excepts Master and Visa, cost are 5000 Kyats, according to employee, so withdraw as much as possible The ATM is inside the bank, its opening hours are 9-15, so don't miss it!
The Special land border has been abolished since August 2018.
After 8th of August 2018. You just need your passport and a printout of the Myanmar e-visa to enter Myanmar From Tamu border checkpoint.No more special MTT permit. you can also exit through this border but still you will need a sticker version of Indian Visa.
The Myanmar e-visa website states:
" We are pleased to announce that eVisa can be used to enter Myanmar from the following land border checkpoints, between Myanmar and India:
Tamu Land Border Checkpoint
Rih Khaw Dar Land Border Checkpoint
The application process and policies remain the same, and is applicable to Tourist Visa , Tourist Visa (Express) and Business Visa types. We hope these additional enhancements will offer our valued guests even more flexibility and convenience when visiting Myanmar in the near future.
Thank you for using eVisa,
Ministry of Labour,Immigration and Population "
Take Mini Bus from Imphal to Moreh. They might ask you for 400 Rupees per head (300 Rupees per head if can bargain, maybe even less). The mini buses start about 700m south of Kangla Fort at Route 39.
GPS-Position: 24°47′42.82″N 93°56′28.53″E
In Moreh you need to go to boarder crossing Gate 1. They will likely guide you to Gate 2, as this is the common crossing, for local trade, as there is a market, which is situated on both sides of the boarder. You don't want to go there!
Gate 1 is situated around 1,5 km south of Moreh. You have to cross a bridge and gonna meet the Myanmar boarder officials.
GPS-position: 24°14′15.84″N 94°18′01.59″E
Make sure to have the indian exit stamp! You get this at the Indian Custom Building. You will find that office on the road, which leads to the actual border crossing to Myanmar (Gate1).
GPS-position: 24°14′20.36″N 94°18′16.29″E
Power Guest House
- clean rooms, clean shared bath rooms
- 36 rooms
- rooms with attached bathroom and AC
- rooms with shared bathroom, Non AC, but with fan
- no mosquito nets available, but windows have nets (still, own net is recommended, as windows are not hermeticly closed)
Prices: AC double - 30$, NON AC double - 15$ They can change $.
You find transportation to Kale (Kalaymyo) for example about here: 24°12′49.89″N 94°18′12.38″E
Light Truck (Pick Up with roof) - They gonna ask you 5000 Kyats (you might bargain and end up by 4000), thats double the price from locals. You might end up squeezed between 20 people and a lot of goods. Not recommended! You might decide to leave the car.
Mini Vans: They ask you also 5000, but you get a more conpfortable seat - the decission making process should be easy.
Hitch Hiking: Might eventually work. You might give up, after 2 hours of waiting in the heat and only 10 cars and trucks comming by, though.