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'''Myawaddy''' (also sometimes spelt Myawaddi, Myawadi or Myawady) is a border town in [[Myanmar]]. Access for foreigners is currently only possible from [[Mae Sot]] in [[Tak (province)|Tak Province]], [[Thailand]], though this is set to change in a few years time.  
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[[Image:Myawaddypagodas.jpg|thumb|240px|Pagodas by Buddhist temple in Myawaddy]]
 
  
== Understand ==
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'''Myawaddy''' (also sometimes spelt Myawaddi, Myawadi or Myawady) is a border town in [[Myanmar]].
  
Since 28.8.2013 foreigners are allowed to cross the Thai-Myanmar boarder at Myawaddy.
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==Understand==
Traffic to Myawaddy from Hpa An goes west (Myawaddy to Hpa An) on even numbered days, east (Hpa An to Myawaddy) on odd numbered days so plan your border crossing carefully. The border closes at 18:00 Myanmar time and the immigration procedure is quite simple. I crossed from Myanmar to Thailand on the 29.9.2013 and didn't face any problems. Pick-ups and Taxis are easily available on both sides.
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[[Image:Myawaddypagodas.jpg|thumb|upright=1.3|Pagodas by Buddhist temple in Myawaddy]]
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Since 2013 foreigners are allowed to cross the Thai-Myanmar boarder at Myawaddy. Since July 2015, there's a new road from Myawaddy towards [[Hpa-an]] and [[Mawlamyine]], eliminating the old alternating day driving direction system on the old road.
  
The Myawaddy - Mae Sot border crossing is a moderately popular destination for tourists and expats in Thailand who want to make a "visa run" (i.e. get a new Thai entry permit stamp by making a short visit to another country).
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The border closes at 20:00 mo to fri (march 2016). Myanmar time and the immigration procedure is quite simple. Coming from Myanmar foreigners don't have to join the queues but can go right into the office while locals are queuing outside, and entering Thailand you can go straight to window number 4. Pick-ups and taxis are easily available on both sides.
  
The time in Myawaddy is 30 minutes earlier than in Mae Sot, and the traffic (mostly) drives on the right.
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The Myawaddy - Mae Sot border crossing is a moderately popular destination for tourists and expats in Thailand who want to make a "visa run" (ie, get a new Thai entry permit stamp by making a short visit to another country).
  
== Get in ==
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The time in Myawaddy is 30 minutes earlier than in Mae Sot, and the traffic (mostly) drives on the right which makes an interesting scene on the bridge where cars from both ends have to switch over to the other side.
  
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==Get in==
 
There are several buses daily from Myawaddy to [[Hpa-an]] (Pa-an) and [[Mawlamyine|Mawlamyine (Moulmein)]], however a Myanmar or Thai passport or ID card is not required anymore.
 
There are several buses daily from Myawaddy to [[Hpa-an]] (Pa-an) and [[Mawlamyine|Mawlamyine (Moulmein)]], however a Myanmar or Thai passport or ID card is not required anymore.
  
From the Thai town of [[Mae Sot]], take a [[Thailand#Songthaew|songthaew]] or other transport to the border crossing at the '''Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge''' over the Moei River; Myawaddy is immediately on the other side of the bridge.
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From the Thai town of [[Mae Sot]], take a [[Thailand#Songthaew|songthaew]] (20 Baht) or other transport to the border crossing at the '''Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge''' over the Moei River; Myawaddy is immediately on the other side of the bridge.
  
To do a visa run, foreigners must deposit their passports at the Myanmar immigration checkpoint and pay a fee of either $10 or 500 Thai baht for entry.
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To do a visa run, foreigners must deposit their passports at the Myanmar immigration checkpoint and pay a fee of either USD10 or THB500 for entry.
  
As of September 2013, on your re-entry back into Thailand you are given visa waiver for only fifteen days, not "30 days" (as one guidebook incorrectly claims).  
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On [http://www.thaiconsulatesydney.org/english/visa re-entering Thailand without a visa], passport holders from the G7 countries of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States now get another automatic 30 days in Thailand without the need for any visa.
  
While in Myawaddy the Thai Baht is universally accepted, and so there is no need to change Bhaht into the Kyat (the Burmese currency).
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If you are a citizen of Brazil, Chile, Peru, South Korea, or Argentina, you will fare even better as you'll be stamped into Thailand for 90 days. Citizens from most other countries get only a 15 day stamp put in their passports. According to the Thailand Immigration Bureau, the number of times you can cross a land border into Thailand and be given 15, 30 or 90 days in Thailand is now unlimited. The Thai authorities have a nasty habit of changing this quite frequently with no warning, so do re-confirm this at the time you are travelling.  
  
== Get around ==
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While in Myawaddy the Thai baht are universally accepted, and so there is no need to change baht into kyat (the Burmese currency).
  
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Since 2014, there is a direct bus leaving every odd days to [[Yangon]] for 13,000 kyat, departing at 8am, 9am and 10am and taking 12 hours.
  
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==Get around==
 
Myawaddy is centred around the wide strip of highway that leads from the Friendship Bridge through town and is small enough to be explored easily on foot; alternatively, ubiquitous red bicycle rickshaws go everywhere.
 
Myawaddy is centred around the wide strip of highway that leads from the Friendship Bridge through town and is small enough to be explored easily on foot; alternatively, ubiquitous red bicycle rickshaws go everywhere.
  
 
Places of interest in town include:
 
Places of interest in town include:
  
The Golden pagoda, 2-3 minutes from the border checkpoint by rickshaw.
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==See==
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* The Golden pagoda, 2-3 minutes from the border checkpoint by rickshaw.
 
Very picturesque site with several big Buddha images enshrined on its grounds, one of which is a replica of the golden Buddha image of Mahamuni temple in Mandalay. Locals claim that this pagoda is more than 1,000 years old.
 
Very picturesque site with several big Buddha images enshrined on its grounds, one of which is a replica of the golden Buddha image of Mahamuni temple in Mandalay. Locals claim that this pagoda is more than 1,000 years old.
 
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Three more temples with big pagodas a bit away from the town centre in neighbouring villages (there are many more pagodas in surrounding areas, as everywhere in Myanmar).
The Crocodile temple, 6-7 minutes from the border checkpoint by rickshaw.
 
Very unusual temple situated on the back of a gigantic crocodile statue.
 
       
 
Three more temples with big padodas a bit away from the town centre in neighbouring villages (there are many more pagodas in surrounding areas, as everywhere in Myanmar).
 
  
 
One of these pagodas is situated on the grounds of the children's dancing school, so you can see many small kids there. There are also more than a hundred similar sitting Buddha images on one of the sides of this pagoda.  
 
One of these pagodas is situated on the grounds of the children's dancing school, so you can see many small kids there. There are also more than a hundred similar sitting Buddha images on one of the sides of this pagoda.  
  
Another temple is situated on a hill 100 metres walk from the previous one. It also has a big pagoda and gives a good view of the surrounding area.  
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Another temple is situated on a hill 100m walk from the previous one. It also has a big pagoda and gives a good view of the surrounding area.  
 
Visiting these distant places gives a bit of experience of "real Myanmar" with small wooden huts and locals working in their fields.
 
Visiting these distant places gives a bit of experience of "real Myanmar" with small wooden huts and locals working in their fields.
  
== Do ==
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==Do==
 
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'''The crocodile temple''' (Myikyaungon in Burmese / Wat Don Jarakhe in Thai)- [https://www.google.com/maps/place/16%C2%B040%2758.3%22N+98%C2%B030%2721.9%22E/@16.6826153,98.5061007,175m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0 Click for Aerial view on google], GPS location: N16°40.97167', E098°30.36500'. Library built on top of a giant crocodile (no acces for women). A series of displays explaining the life of Budha. Walk anti-clockwise to start at birth. the accompanying temple has some interesting 3d art in stone on the wall.
 
 
== Buy ==
 
 
 
  
== Eat ==
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'''A giant standing Budha''' - [https://www.google.com/maps/place/16%C2%B040%2753.4%22N+98%C2%B030%2705.2%22E/@16.681494,98.501439,174m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0 Click for Aerial view on google], GPS location: N16°40.88964', E098°30.08634'. A standing Budha about 15/20m high. Behind the meeting hall they are building a giant sitting Budha. Next to the Budha a rather large golden bell shaped tower.
  
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'''Neat entry gate''' - GPS location: N16°41.18532', E098°29.96550'. A lion topped gate leading off the main road
  
== Drink ==
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'''Golden bell tower complex''' - (Shwe Muay Wan) [https://www.google.com/maps/place/16%C2%B041%2719.5%22N+98%C2%B030%2729.6%22E/@16.6891496,98.5079636,175m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0 Click for Aerial view on google], GPS location: 16°41.32482', 098°30.49416'. Square complex with multiple temples, many golden bell tower constructions and very, very bad toilet facilities.
  
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'''Outdoor market (mostly food) = ''' GPS locatoin: 16°41.29698', 098°30.63420'. Single street market. About 2km long. Busier in the afternoon. Prepare your nose ;) If you are adventorous, the market is right in the midle of a slum city. Roam to one of the side alleys and see the real Myanmar.
  
== Sleep ==
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==Buy==
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-Myawaddy Complex - Casino and Duty Free Shops
  
There are several guesthouses and small hotels, however foreigners are currently not permitted to stay in Myawaddy overnight.
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==Eat==
  
Edit: On 26 December 2013, I checked in at * <sleep name="Sein Naga Motel" alt="" address="Bogyoke Road, Myawaddy" directions="Along the street parallel to and north of the main road from the border crossing" phone="058-50705 (Myan), 088-1514-002 (Thai)" price="Double, shared bathroom: 10,000 Kyats, triple (double bed + single bed in the same room: USD$25">Simple rooms. No hot water, no breakfast. The pagoda is down the street. A few minutes away from the border crossing, money exchangers, the bank, and shops.</sleep>. After I checked in, the motel staff took my passport to the immigration office for some paperwork and brought it back in a few minutes. I think this means that foreigners are in fact allowed to stay in Myawaddy overnight.
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==Drink==
  
== Get out ==
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==Sleep==
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There are several guesthouses and small hotels. You can find cheap guest houses from MYK6,000 for a single room, and MYK10,000 for a double room.
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Foreigners are only permitted to stay overnight if they've got their visa.
  
Note that all onward travel is limited according to which day it is - see above.
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Myawaddy Hotel +95 5850519 has rooms for US$22 - US$30. Breakfast is included. Rooms are a little shabby-looking, but clean and staff don't speak much english. On the highway, about 1km from the boarder. Hotel has a restaurant with good food at reasonable prices.
  
* Jeeps or private cars can be arranged to [[Hpa An]], which should take around 6 hours and cost around 500THB or 15,000 kyat per person.
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==Get out==
* Buses run to [[Hpa An]] and [[Yangon]] every onward day.
 
  
On 27th December 2013, I took a minibus from Myawaddy to Yangon for 25,000 Kyats. The journey lasted from 9am to 6pm. I bought my ticket from a stall on the right side of the main street (if you face away from the border). They have a poster that says: "Ar Kar Tha", with the following information:
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Since the new road "AH 1" between Myawaddy and Kawkareik opened in July 2015, the previous alternating day travel direction is eliminated and travel times to inner Myanmar has been cut by 2 hours.
  
* Myawaddy - Hpa-An: 7500 Ky
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* Jeeps or private cars can be arranged to [[Hpa-An]], which should take around 6 hours and cost around THB500 or MYK15,000 per person or MYK50,000  per car.
* Myawaddy - Yangon: 12,000 Ky
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* Private cars can also be arranged to Kawkareik, which takes around 4 hours and cost MYK5,000 per car. From Kawkareik buses can be taken to Yangon. Express Bus from Yanzarmain station cost MYK6,000 per person, very comfortable and take approx 10 hrs for Yangon (if you are lucky and leave Myawaddi very early in the morning you could make it to Yangon in 14-15 hours)  
* Myawaddy - Meikhtilar (I think): 20,000 Ky
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* Buses run to [[Hpa-An]], [[Mawlamyine]] and [[Yangon]] daily.
* Myawaddy - Mandalay: 22,000 Ky
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* The Van to Mawlamyine cost 10.000MYK okt.2015
* Myawaddy - Yangon (via a microbus, which is faster than a coach): 25,000 Ky)
 
  
 
[[WikiPedia:Myawaddy]]
 
[[WikiPedia:Myawaddy]]
 
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Revision as of 14:18, 23 November 2017


Myawaddy (also sometimes spelt Myawaddi, Myawadi or Myawady) is a border town in Myanmar.

Understand

Pagodas by Buddhist temple in Myawaddy

Since 2013 foreigners are allowed to cross the Thai-Myanmar boarder at Myawaddy. Since July 2015, there's a new road from Myawaddy towards Hpa-an and Mawlamyine, eliminating the old alternating day driving direction system on the old road.

The border closes at 20:00 mo to fri (march 2016). Myanmar time and the immigration procedure is quite simple. Coming from Myanmar foreigners don't have to join the queues but can go right into the office while locals are queuing outside, and entering Thailand you can go straight to window number 4. Pick-ups and taxis are easily available on both sides.

The Myawaddy - Mae Sot border crossing is a moderately popular destination for tourists and expats in Thailand who want to make a "visa run" (ie, get a new Thai entry permit stamp by making a short visit to another country).

The time in Myawaddy is 30 minutes earlier than in Mae Sot, and the traffic (mostly) drives on the right which makes an interesting scene on the bridge where cars from both ends have to switch over to the other side.

Get in

There are several buses daily from Myawaddy to Hpa-an (Pa-an) and Mawlamyine (Moulmein), however a Myanmar or Thai passport or ID card is not required anymore.

From the Thai town of Mae Sot, take a songthaew (20 Baht) or other transport to the border crossing at the Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge over the Moei River; Myawaddy is immediately on the other side of the bridge.

To do a visa run, foreigners must deposit their passports at the Myanmar immigration checkpoint and pay a fee of either USD10 or THB500 for entry.

On re-entering Thailand without a visa, passport holders from the G7 countries of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States now get another automatic 30 days in Thailand without the need for any visa.

If you are a citizen of Brazil, Chile, Peru, South Korea, or Argentina, you will fare even better as you'll be stamped into Thailand for 90 days. Citizens from most other countries get only a 15 day stamp put in their passports. According to the Thailand Immigration Bureau, the number of times you can cross a land border into Thailand and be given 15, 30 or 90 days in Thailand is now unlimited. The Thai authorities have a nasty habit of changing this quite frequently with no warning, so do re-confirm this at the time you are travelling.

While in Myawaddy the Thai baht are universally accepted, and so there is no need to change baht into kyat (the Burmese currency).

Since 2014, there is a direct bus leaving every odd days to Yangon for 13,000 kyat, departing at 8am, 9am and 10am and taking 12 hours.

Get around

Myawaddy is centred around the wide strip of highway that leads from the Friendship Bridge through town and is small enough to be explored easily on foot; alternatively, ubiquitous red bicycle rickshaws go everywhere.

Places of interest in town include:

See

  • The Golden pagoda, 2-3 minutes from the border checkpoint by rickshaw.

Very picturesque site with several big Buddha images enshrined on its grounds, one of which is a replica of the golden Buddha image of Mahamuni temple in Mandalay. Locals claim that this pagoda is more than 1,000 years old. Three more temples with big pagodas a bit away from the town centre in neighbouring villages (there are many more pagodas in surrounding areas, as everywhere in Myanmar).

One of these pagodas is situated on the grounds of the children's dancing school, so you can see many small kids there. There are also more than a hundred similar sitting Buddha images on one of the sides of this pagoda.

Another temple is situated on a hill 100m walk from the previous one. It also has a big pagoda and gives a good view of the surrounding area. Visiting these distant places gives a bit of experience of "real Myanmar" with small wooden huts and locals working in their fields.

Do

The crocodile temple (Myikyaungon in Burmese / Wat Don Jarakhe in Thai)- Click for Aerial view on google, GPS location: N16°40.97167', E098°30.36500'. Library built on top of a giant crocodile (no acces for women). A series of displays explaining the life of Budha. Walk anti-clockwise to start at birth. the accompanying temple has some interesting 3d art in stone on the wall.

A giant standing Budha - Click for Aerial view on google, GPS location: N16°40.88964', E098°30.08634'. A standing Budha about 15/20m high. Behind the meeting hall they are building a giant sitting Budha. Next to the Budha a rather large golden bell shaped tower.

Neat entry gate - GPS location: N16°41.18532', E098°29.96550'. A lion topped gate leading off the main road

Golden bell tower complex - (Shwe Muay Wan) Click for Aerial view on google, GPS location: 16°41.32482', 098°30.49416'. Square complex with multiple temples, many golden bell tower constructions and very, very bad toilet facilities.

Outdoor market (mostly food) = GPS locatoin: 16°41.29698', 098°30.63420'. Single street market. About 2km long. Busier in the afternoon. Prepare your nose ;) If you are adventorous, the market is right in the midle of a slum city. Roam to one of the side alleys and see the real Myanmar.

Buy

-Myawaddy Complex - Casino and Duty Free Shops

Eat

Drink

Sleep

There are several guesthouses and small hotels. You can find cheap guest houses from MYK6,000 for a single room, and MYK10,000 for a double room. Foreigners are only permitted to stay overnight if they've got their visa.

Myawaddy Hotel +95 5850519 has rooms for US$22 - US$30. Breakfast is included. Rooms are a little shabby-looking, but clean and staff don't speak much english. On the highway, about 1km from the boarder. Hotel has a restaurant with good food at reasonable prices.

Get out

Since the new road "AH 1" between Myawaddy and Kawkareik opened in July 2015, the previous alternating day travel direction is eliminated and travel times to inner Myanmar has been cut by 2 hours.

  • Jeeps or private cars can be arranged to Hpa-An, which should take around 6 hours and cost around THB500 or MYK15,000 per person or MYK50,000 per car.
  • Private cars can also be arranged to Kawkareik, which takes around 4 hours and cost MYK5,000 per car. From Kawkareik buses can be taken to Yangon. Express Bus from Yanzarmain station cost MYK6,000 per person, very comfortable and take approx 10 hrs for Yangon (if you are lucky and leave Myawaddi very early in the morning you could make it to Yangon in 14-15 hours)
  • Buses run to Hpa-An, Mawlamyine and Yangon daily.
  • The Van to Mawlamyine cost 10.000MYK okt.2015Create category
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