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I was there on the 25th so I might answer my own question. No questions asked at the border. I'm just a tourist visa guy at the moment so I should be in the category of being checked.

I was the only western guy crossing the border, checking in at the burmese office and then also completely alone when checking back into Thailand again. There was only one Thai officer working at the checkin.

What time was that? We were there about 4pm on the 25th and it was quiet but there were a few Farangs including a tour group. The locals who feed off the tourists... cigarette sellers, touts, beggars were more persistent then I've ever seen them, usually they hang around the stairs and follow you about twenty meters then give up. This day we never got rid of them until finally a guy I knew came up and got rid of them for 50B and us going to a silver shop he touted for. My mates were after silver and got some very good deals anyway.

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I did the visa run today, all ok, but don't expect any DVDs, see my post here:

http://www.thaivisa.com/forum/index.php?sh...44311&st=30

What a difference a couple of days makes eh?

The two travelers I took there had a great time shopping and just taking in the atmosphere but if we'd gone a couple of days later .... nothing.

Must have been a heck of a flood, I've seen the Thailand side well and truly underwater a couple of years back but it never flooded the markets on the other side.

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I was there a couple of weeks ago. If you're looking for DVD you can still get them. The DVD shops nearest the bridge were all empty and shut but if you go further into the market you will find at least 4 of the larger still open with full stock. They all had the shutters down with just the door shutter open and some DVDS outside but everything normal inside. Just have a look around and don't go too early.

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Sometimes when MaeSai is closed, MaeSot isn't... it costs twice as much for the border officials though. Still, cheaper than Vientianne...

The cost is the same now. It was always $10 at Mae Sot for some reason, but it's the same now to enter at Mae Sai.

The date was February 11th and I was one of two foreigners in Mae Sai. Mortar rounds were exploding on the Thai side, and the town was evacuated, with the border closed for over two weeks. All you can see is am army Humvee and a soldier in the distance....

maesai1.jpg

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That would suck living in Mae Sai and having to go to Vientiane for a border run. :o

Isn't Chiang Khong a bit more close for a visa run ?

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Sometimes when MaeSai is closed, MaeSot isn't... it costs twice as much for the border officials though. Still, cheaper than Vientianne...

The cost is the same now. It was always $10 at Mae Sot for some reason, but it's the same now to enter at Mae Sai.

The date was February 11th and I was one of two foreigners in Mae Sai. Mortar rounds were exploding on the Thai side, and the town was evacuated, with the border closed for over two weeks. All you can see is am army Humvee and a soldier in the distance....

maesai1.jpg

And THERE was the irrepressible Maejo Man, crawling on his belly up the street, full camo with face paint, headed for the 7-Eleven, for a sewing kit to repair his sniper ghillie suit.....the stuff of which legends are made! :o

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And THERE was the irrepressible Maejo Man, crawling on his belly up the street, full camo with face paint, headed for the 7-Eleven, for a sewing kit to repair his sniper ghillie suit.....the stuff of which legends are made! :D

Just camo knickers mate to hide the adrenalin stains :o

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http://www.bangkokpost.com/News/01Oct2007_news01.php

United Nations envoy Ibrahim Gambari met detained Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi yesterday, but there was no word if he had made progress in talks with senior generals on ending the bloody suppression of protests against 45 years of military rule. The move came amid reports that Burmese soldiers had rounded up about 1,000 civilians and planned to use them to counter future demonstrations.

Mr Gambari, who flew to the new Burmese capital Naypyidaw on Saturday, held talks with Mrs Suu Kyi in Rangoon yesterday. No details were released.

''Mr Gambari met Daw Aung San Suu Kyi for more than an hour. He also consulted with the United Nations Country Team and the International Committee of the Red Cross,'' the UN Information Centre said.

It gave no indication of when Mr Gambari might meet Senior General Than Shwe, who is based in Naypyidaw, the new administrative capital about 385km north of Rangoon, and whose government rarely shows signs of heeding pressure from outside.

Mr Gambari met Mrs Suu Kyi at a Rangoon government guest house near the lakeside villa where she is confined without a telephone and requires official permission, rarely granted, to receive visitors.

They met after Mr Gambari flew back from Naypyidaw where he met acting Prime Minister Thein Sein, Culture Minister Khin Aung Nyunt and Information Minister Kyaw Hsan _ all generals _ shortly after his arrival on Saturday, the diplomats said. There was no word on whether he had made any progress in ending the crackdown on the biggest anti-junta protests in nearly 20 years. The junta has responded by arresting hundreds of monks, barricading off central Rangoon and putting troops on the streets.

''Everybody is putting their hopes on Ibrahim Gambari, that he will solve the problem,'' one retired sailor in Rangoon said. ''We hope that he will put the generals under pressure, along with other political leaders.''

There were no visible crowds yesterday in central Rangoon, where security forces have squeezed the life out of the protests by barricading off the two major pagodas at their heart and keeping away the monks who led them.

In Chiang Rai, a border source said Burmese soldiers had forcefully transported about 1,000 villagers from Tachilek township, a border town opposite Mae Sai district, and planned to use them against those who might stage more protests against the junta. They were loaded onto military trucks and taken to a camp in Kengtung, about 200km from Tachilek, the sources said.

''The villagers will be deployed to help another group of Burmese people set up a rally to support the junta in Kengtung and simultaneously to protest against its opponents, especially monks,'' the source said.

Burmese soldiers yesterday arrested 120 monks while they were travelling from Phayak to Tachilek, to ensure they could not stage a protest in Tachilek.

The monks were being held in a military camp about 40km from Tachilek.

Boontham Thipprasong, deputy chairman of Chiang Rai Chamber of Commerce, said he was sure Burmese soldiers would try to take control of the Tachilek-Kengtung-Taunggyi highway to prevent junta opponents gathering to protest.

''This highway is an important route for moving goods and food to Burmese troops and people.

''The Burmese may deploy more troops to safeguard the areas as they still don't trust ethnic minority groups living along the border,'' said Mr Boontham.

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I wonder if the Americans brought an aircraft carrier over from the Gulf into the Andaman Sea and ran along the Myanmar coast a couple of times whether the Generals would crap themselves and head for Switzerland without a shot being fired. Gunboat diplomacy reinvented.

Be fun to see the sort of hissy fit the Chinese would throw anyway.

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They would probably just laugh themselves silly like everyone else.

With all the "support" that we get from the rest of the world, who could blame them? :o

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On the Tachilek "visa run" thread, we're discussing DVD's, and on the Tachilek "shops closed" thread, we're discussing the political situation in Burma. All good, but I'm going to merge the 2 threads- it might appear a bit scrambled at this late date, with so many posts, but I think it will be OK. :o

McG

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They would probably just laugh themselves silly like everyone else.

With all the "support" that we get from the rest of the world, who could blame them? :o

I doubt that the close proximity of the American military would inspire much mirth in friend or foe.

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Mae Sai very, very quiet today. I was not over to Tachilek but I did not see any visarunners on the bridge or in Immigration.

Almost no tourists. :o

:D:D:D

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