I left Asia to be back in my country in May 2014. It has been 20 months since I last was in Myanmar. I have been following not only news but as well checking on what has been going on travel-wise in the golden land.
In October 2015 I went for my long-expected holiday. The final choice was Thailand and the last few days I spent in the north of the land of smile. I was eager to check on how Myanmar looked like now and breathe some Burmese air, as I call it. So here it was – Myanmar within a hand’s reach.
After arriving at Myanmar consulate in Chiang Rai, I decided to go to Myanmar just for a day as I didn’t need a visa for that. There was an option just to cross the bridge dividing Thailand and Myanmar, paying the feel, get your passport stamped and that’s all – the Burmese air started 🙂
On the way from a bus terminal I was lucky to be on a bus with a Burmese older lady and her grandson. We started to chat and I learnt about the options in Tachilek first-hand as they lived in a village nearby the Myanmar border town and just go to Mae Sai shopping as it is cheaper and they have a broader choice of stuff in the neighbouring country.
After we got to the final stop, they met their cousin who lived and worked in Mae Sai as it turned out. She was my guide since then 🙂 She helped me find a hotel (actually took me to a condominium building where her friend worked and made sure I was happy with it inspecting all the details in my “new shelter” 🙂 She as well insisted on going with me to her mother-land the following day – the Burmese friendliness and openness have started long before I reached the land…
Ma Thiri Aung and me in front of the Tachilek Shwe Dagon Pagoda.
My favourite Burmese breakfast – ohn-no-khao-swe – though I was told it is impossible to have in Tachilek, as I usually do “never try, never know” 🙂 and they had it! Not as yummy as at my favourite “corrner lady”‘s in Yangon.
This was so different than from what I remember… people more often using mobile phones than enjoying their company….
… many people do so…
And this the most northern tip of Thailand smells like… Amsterdam 😉 Sat there for a longer while to do some reading… 🙂