The Kio Pha Wok Border Crossing

Lone Rider

Blokes Who Can
Jan 29, 2011
4 Wheels
Sometime last year (around 2011) I got information that there were plans to re-open some of the border crossings between Thailand and Myanmar, notably the two crossings on the north of Chiang Dao (Khio Pha Wok) and north-east of Fang (north of Ban San Ton Du on Rd 1089).

Finally time to check if the news about the re-opening of the border crossings was true or not. Does not look like so as even a call to his commander by the guy manning the check-point (N19.76438 E98.95278) did not result in the opening of the barrier to the main border gate (N19.76874 E98.94989).


No sign of an Open Border Crossing (July 2012)

Wa, Naypyitaw discuss opening of Thai-Burmese border checkpoint

One of the topics discussed at Mongla on the Sino-Burmese border between the United Wa State Army (UWA) and Union Peacemaking Work Committee (UPWC) last month was the reopening the BP-1 Thai-Burmese border checkpoint that was closed since 2002, according to a report coming from the Sino-Burmese border.
The BP-1 (Boundary Pillar #1) checkpoint, also known as Kiu Pha Wawk, was shut down by the Burma Army after a month long military confrontation with the Shan State Army in May-June of that year.

The government side appointed U Nyunt Aung from Commerce and Consumer Affairs Directorate as contact person. On the UWSA side is U Philip, introduced as Special Coordinator. The BP-1 checkpoint connects Mongton township with Chiangmai’s Chiangdao district.

Source: Wa, Naypyitaw discuss opening of Thai-Burmese border checkpoint

Note LR: Not sure in how far the Thai Government approves of the plans to open the border crossing. I do know that the Chiangmai Provincial Chamber of Commerce has indicated that they would be very happy if/when this border crossing would open as it would improve commerce between Thailand and Myanmar.
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