Exploring Tachileik

bsacbob

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After the initial confusion crossing the border we finally got checked into our hotel and myself and Phil decided to explore as to how far we would be allowed around Tachilek.

The Golden Cherry Hotel, pretty comfortable and right next to the bike event.

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After leaving town we crossed through one check point without any drama, we stumbled upon this unusual new Wat being constructed.

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Temporary bamboo Wat while construction takes place.

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This lady was casting moulding's for the Wat using latex, pretty smelly job.

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Smiling faces all around here we found a school for monk's and the boy's enjoying a game of football.

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The next easterly checkpoint was as far as we could go and was politely asked to turned around.

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We doubled back at went north, interesting faces and features along the way.

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The Wat's showing a very different architecture to what we see in Thailand.

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Turning south past the small airport back to town we crossed over a very fast flowing river with floating eating rafts.

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So many interesting Wat's in the area.

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Reaching town the local market and faces.

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Short but sweet, next the ride north to Mong Lar :dirtbike:
 

KTMphil

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Riding around the Tachileik, Myanmar, free zone is quite interesting


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Some of my photo's from poking around


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Restaurants on the river


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Young monks in the Wat


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Story telling paintings in the Wat


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Living quarters in the temple's grounds


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More stories


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Shan Wat



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Myanmar


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Football


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Dark red robed Myanmar monk


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Wat


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Plaster being removed from natural rubber molds


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Morning market


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DJKNOX

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Hey Phil

Do you know anything about entering the Tachiliek - Keng Tung area with a Thai-registered motorbike? I was originally planning on visiting Vietnam but that seems likely to fall thru now due to my bike not being allowed in... so I thought JUST MAYBE I can cross into Tachiliek instead, get the 2 week permit and drive to Keng Tung and the surrounding areas.

What do you think? Has it been done and/or is it possible?
 

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As you can see from the pictures myself and phil crossed as part of a prearranged group pass, whilst i guess you can still cross and ride within the Tachileik district anything beyond would need special approval as we found out exploring around we approached the outer limits of the district the border guard made it pretty clear it was not possible to go further.

There is a lady who handles tourists on the bridge i or Phil may have the contact details and will come back to you.
 

DJKNOX

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Hey thanks Bob - anyone you can put me in contact with would be greatly appreciated. I suspect that a guide would need to be hired... but as finding one's way might be tough, in this case I could see that as a benefit. I am happy to break new ground if possible.

I take it from your comment that it is normal to cross over to just Tachileik for just the day on one's own motorbike?

As a note, I have rented Honda Dream 110cc a few times in different parts of Myanmar and no one ever bothered me... provided I was not in a restricted area.
 

bsacbob

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Cant find the tour ladies number who works from the bridge in Mae Sai but here is the contact info of two of the guy's involved with the bike week who speak good english (khun Sai would be the best bet) who i am sure can point you in the right direction. As for crossing with a motorcycle i wouldn't say it was normal i have crossed several times in a car with no issue, for the bike week a deal had been struck and crossing was easy that doesn't mean to say it can't be done but i have never tried since the trip in January, but a big smile always help's.

Keep us posted on how it work's out.

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Cant find the tour ladies number who works from the bridge in Mae Sai but here is the contact info of two of the guy's involved with the bike week who speak good english (khun Sai would be the best bet) who i am sure can point you in the right direction. As for crossing with a motorcycle i wouldn't say it was normal i have crossed several times in a car with no issue, for the bike week a deal had been struck and crossing was easy that doesn't mean to say it can't be done but i have never tried since the trip in January, but a big smile always help's.

Keep us posted on how it work's out.

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Is it still possible to travel from Tachilek to Mongla via Kengtung, and back again the same way in a foreign registered (in this case Thai registered) car? An American did so in 2007, but last year when I went to Tachilek on a day trip, a local claimed foreign registered vehicles could no longer travel more than 35km from Tachilek without permission.

Does anyone know the latest? I am looking at going alone, without a tour, just like that American guy did back in 2007. I realize that for any other type of travel inside Myanmar in a private, foreign registered vehicle a tour is required, but I was under the impression the Tachilek to Mongla corridor was an exception.
 

Lone Rider

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Not sure if that is possible at the moment. I know that Silverhawk (on the other forum and probably the American you refer to) did this trip in his own truck but he had to report to police/security stations along the road and he was forced to backtrack as he had bypassed one of these posts. I have seen also a trip report (can't find it at the moment) who was allowed to go but had to take along a guide which he had to hire on the spot.
 
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