In a new agreement between Myanmar and Thailand, tourists will now be able cross the 1,800-km Thai-Myanmar border via three checkpoints (Mai Sai-Tachileik, Mae Sot-Myawaddy and Ranong-Kawthaung) by applying for an e-visa prior to travel.
May Myat Mon Win (pictured), vice chairman of the Myanmar Tourism Federation sees plenty of upside, especially during the green season: “Myanmar has always been very quiet during the green season as tourists, who want to end their holiday at a beach, had difficulties finding a sunny seaside in Myanmar. Together with Thailand, we want to encourage tourists to visit all the cultural sights in Myanmar [then enjoy a beach in southern Thailand].”
Myanmar’s green season corresponds roughly with the northern hemisphere summer. There is rain but also lush green landscapes and better prices.