Crossing the Border from Kanchanaburi to Myanmar

Four Thai/Myanmar border points are officially open to foreigners for through travel, and Thailand offers visa-free travel for the citizens of many countries; the length of the stay period depends on what country you are from – varying from 14 days to 3 months.


Myanmar's simple e-visa system is valid for travel through the Thai-Myanmar border points of Mae Sai/Tachileik, Mae Sot/Myawaddy and Ranong/Kawthaung; for other overland border points, you must obtain a normal paper visa beforehand.


The Phu Nam Ron border crossing is the most direct route into Myanmar from Bangkok, Phu Nam Ron is circa 200km from Bangkok and so perfect for the do it yourself Thai visa extension. For those traveling further the Southern Myanmar beaches of Maungmagan and Nabule are just 160km west of the border.


Phu Nam Ron is a pass across the Tenasserim Hills on the border between Thailand and Myanmar, at an elevation of 350 metres (1,150 ft). The border checkpoint on the Thai side is located in Ban Kao Subdistrict, Mueang Kanchanaburi District, Kanchanaburi Province.


Htee Kee is the name of the new town in the Tanintharyi Region on the Myanmar side of the border which is currently being developed.


The Phu Nam Ron pass is expected to gain in importance if the planned Dawei deepwater port project goes ahead, which includes a highway and a railway line between Bangkok and that harbor.


The road on the Burmese side leads to Dawei via Sinbyudaing and Myitta; it has been recently been upgraded.


If you have a visa for Myanmar you can make your way from Bangkok to Kanchanaburi. You can get to Kanchanaburi from Bangkok via train, bus and minivan all for around 100 Baht. You can easily spend a few days in and around Kanchanaburi. From Kanchanaburi local buses leave from the main bus stop several times daily to Phu Nam Ron. The trip takes just under 2 hours and costs 70 Baht.


Earliest bus: 10:30 in the morning – there are also buses at 11:30 clock and 12:30 in the afternoon. But you should take the 10:30 one, since it is still another 5 hours on the road until you arrive to the coastal town of Dawei and there is no accommodation option between the border crossing and Dawei.


After stamping out from Thailand there is a stretch of 6km “No Man’s Land” before you arrive at the Myanmar border office! You should take a motorcycle taxi that drives you to the other side for 50-60 Baht, as for me I hitched a ride in a truck which worked too.Htee Khee is only a new town and you can’t stay there overnight and there is nothing to do.


At the border crossing in Htee Khee minivans are waiting to take mostly returning locals to Dawei. The cost is 800 Baht. Chances of negotiating a lower price are little as you don’t have different options and can’t stay in Htee Khee but some people managed to get a price of 600 Baht.