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Mae Sai/Tachilek Border Info

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Hi 

I'm entering thailand with a 60 day tourist visa.

I used to do a VIP visit to Burma before it stopped and I'd like to visit Tachilek again.

It may be my last chance as I'm 74

Can you confirm that I can get a re entry permit in Chiang Rai Administrative centre. 

If I get the re entry permit I take it I get the remainder of my 60 days and not just the 15 on re entring Thailand?  I'm traveling on an Irish passport.

Thanks

Thomas

 

 

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10 hours ago, thomasrussell said:

Hi 

I'm entering thailand with a 60 day tourist visa.

I used to do a VIP visit to Burma before it stopped and I'd like to visit Tachilek again.

It may be my last chance as I'm 74

Can you confirm that I can get a re entry permit in Chiang Rai Administrative centre. 

If I get the re entry permit I take it I get the remainder of my 60 days and not just the 15 on re entring Thailand?  I'm traveling on an Irish passport.

Thanks

Thomas

 

 

Please post this as a new topic in the Visa Forum which is HERE

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Feature article in most recent National Geographic (online edition):

It's about a troubling trend happening in NE Burma (primarily Shan State).  An increasing # of elephants are being killed for their skin.   Those damned Chinese again - driving the market for animals parts.  Chinese are contributing more, en masse, to the extinction of great wild beasts, than the rest of the world combined - and I include bush meat eaters in Africa.

 

news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/11/wildlife-watch-asian-elephant-skin-poaching-myanmar/

 

There are some vendors in Tachilek who sell wild animal body parts.  Here's what I suggest:  when you see a display of such things, confront the vendor.   Also: take photos, and post them online.   That's what I did in 1999, when I saw tiger skins hanging at vendor booths Tachilek.  3 months later, the skins weren't displayed.  Were they all sold?  Were they hidden, and only shown to buyers clandestinely? We don't know.   But public pressure may have some, albeit small, effect.   ....though it's hard to counter the power of money coming from rich Chinese.   

 

Note: normally, large male elephants were killed for their tusks.  That still happens.  However, with the current craze for elephant skin, ....all elephants, including females and babies, are killed.  Disgusting.

 

 

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If anyone wants to go hiking in Tachilek, let me know.  I know some nice 2 hour hikes. 

 

West of Tachilek are trails which meander thru the hills, with no houses, wires, fences, noise, roads, ....just one hill tribe village.

 

North of town, there are some pleasant hike trails.

 

It differs a bit from Thailand - which is more modern, noisy, and built-up.

 

Also; there's a possible float-down-a-river, starting in the town of Tukay (5 miles north of Tachilek).  I haven't done it yet, but it looks plausible.  Am planning to do some research.  One idea is to fasten 4 or 6 truck innertubes together with a plywood deck.  If you don't hear from me in weeks, I may be fish-food in some Burmese river.

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some observations:   I'm writing this from a hotel in Tachilek.  river is v. muddy - more than the usual muddy.  My guess; there's a lot of earth-moving up-river.  earth moving all around Tachilek - similar to Chiang Rai.  much of that are rich Chinese who want an escape valve if China goes thru major calamity, as it does every few decades (famine, civil war, buried under pollution, int'l war, banking crisis, or....).

 

If the bosses at Tachilek had any care for the environment, they would consider building a promenade along the river, and one or two parks.   Again, it's similar to Chiang Rai in that way.

 

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A man came into my bungalow on the thai side when I stayed over night on a visa run. It was in the day while I was in there. Tiny hut right facing the river

 

i said can I help you? And he just stared at me. Then walked out. Just a story that I never forgot.

 

lock your doors esp of sleeping or at night

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Just a word of advice, apparently a number of incorrect entries have been made in the Chiang Rai Immigration computer.

So if the coppers turn up waving handcuffs stay calm, show your passport and ask them to ring CR Immigration.

 

They may have worked it out by now after dropping into my place today. ?

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