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Flustered    1,601
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Your bike will be safe, it's not Bangkok but expect hundreds of admiring people when you come back to it

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boomerangutang    15,600
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If anyone hears whether 'VIP pass' (day pass) gets reinstated, let us know.  It's been several years now that it's been stopped for farang, except for Chinese groups with licensed guides.

 

 

 

 

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YetAnother    1,981
On 2/7/2017 at 10:15 AM, sceadugenga said:

Talking to a friend in the Coffee shop yesterday who had just come back from Tachilek, he had been declined a pass so crossed on his Non-imm, forgetting that it was single entry.

 

On returning and finding his error, they gave hm a retrospective reentry permit.

Still cost him the 1000B but I thought it was rather understanding of them.

 

I wouldn't rely on it though.  :cool:

Retrospective reentry permit ,that's as lucky as it gets

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YetAnother    1,981
On 5/15/2017 at 9:24 AM, jollyhangmon said:

You're welcome.
Well, it's years since i stayed there overnight so maybe someone else can contribute here with more recent info but i don't think it's changed much. As busy as Mae Sai is during the day as quiet it is/used to be in the evening. You certainly won't have any problem getting good chow & a few beers but i don't think they're catering much to western foreigners specifically, always has been more about the Chinese.
Karaoke for sure which i use to avoid personally, some 'better' restaurants/bars connected to hotels.

 

As for the border-hop. Did my last about 2 weeks ago out/in in less than 10 mins at around 9 in the morning, not one other westerner to be seen. But there was a huge Chinese crowd - like 2 busloads ? - just gathering on our side to cross over so basically i was lucky. If you can bring a nice crisp 10.- USD bill for the Burmese side, otherwise it's 500.- THB. 
Don't know if you're interested to go into Tachileik at all, if you just turn around so they don't have to issue their ID (and keep you PP instead) you won't have any problem with USD being accepted, tell them so & they'll stamp you in (right side after the bridge), cross the road with you & your PP and stamp you out again.

Right there is a duty-free complex which you still can use, some booze, small choice of smokes and rather expensive, not all too many other things i think.

 

Any potential shopping can be done at our side anyway, the (real) market is back of left side of main road when approaching, ascending uphill. 

Is there a duty-free on the Thai side

And if so where might it be?

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YetAnother    1,981
On 3/8/2017 at 9:36 AM, boomerangutang said:

                Yesterday:  the hotel in Tachilek where I usually stay was full, so I went to another.  It was along the border river facing Mae Sai.  Only one problem.  Early morning, very loud sounds of a man's voice blasted into my hotel room.  VERY LOUD. DRONING, ....went on for about 35 minutes.  Anyone reading this who has resided in Thailand knows what I mean.   Every few syllables were tagged with the word 'kap.'   I don't speak much Thai, but the voice kept mentioning 3-digit numbers.  Was he a soothsayer suggesting lottery numbers?   It was awful.   Can such men, shouting into microphones which go through amplifiers (500 watt?) turned up to 10 .....can they find a way to speak with nice voices?   .....instead of authoritative drone voices?  In some ways, Thailand is fine.   In other ways, it's a big open sewer.   

 

 

Yes they have no concept of noise pollution,

I asked my Thai wife why Thai people like noise so much

she said

it is a sign of life

To which I replied

a sign of stupid life

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YetAnother    1,981
On 3/8/2017 at 9:45 AM, jollyhangmon said:

Morning sir!

At a similar occasion years ago i was told the monks were rattling 'thanks' for received donations, adding amount and name of the deceived sorry, the donor.

Not only to 'thank' of course but also to shame others into 'donating' too ... 

Same in my Village

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KC 71    563
Is there a duty-free on the Thai side
And if so where might it be?


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KC 71    563
Same in my Village

There is a duty free across the road from the Burma passport office on the bridge-
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YetAnother    1,981
On 7/16/2017 at 0:45 PM, KC 71 said:


There is a duty free across the road from the Burma passport office on the bridge-

So it is only on the Burma side ?

we have to officially exit Thailand ?

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sceadugenga    1,839

Yes, there's no duty free shop that I've seen on the Thailand side.

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Coming from Thailand, is it on the left or right? I have always left my passport and went to the market instead, somehow I missed the shop on the bridge multiple times.

 

Also, if I buy a bottle of wine/Black Label, what are the odds of it being real?

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sceadugenga    1,839

When you go into the Myanmar immigration office on your right, it's almost directly opposite.

 

You would have no problems with false labeling there, the best wine is kept in a temperature controlled room, hardly the action of dodgy plonk makers.

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KC 71    563
Sorry?
Yes I do what?

Have to go to go ouside of Thailand
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