E-Visa Holders Permitted to Enter Burma Overland

RANGOON — Burma’s Ministry of Immigration and Population will allow tourists from 100 countries holding electronic visas to enter Burma through three cities on the Thai border, starting on Sept. 1. The electronic visa application was introduced in 2014 and allowed tourists holding “e-visas” to enter the country only via airports in Rangoon, Mandalay or […]

Trade of unlicensed Thai-imports shift up a gear in Myawady

Unlicensed cars imported from Thailand into the Myanmar border town of Myawady are reportedly selling well, according to local car traders. “[Trade at] the Kanku Car Sales Depot is doing better [than normal]. The state of the cars is as to be expected: some are replete, while some are lacking parts – it’s a mixed […]

Car prices within Kayin State rise amid month-long suspension of Japanese imports into Thailand

Hpa-an, July 11 – reports of a month-long suspension to the normal arrival of Japanese containers into the Thailand – Myanmar border region of Mae Sot has prompted a rise in the car market within Myanmar’s Kayin State, according to car sales agents from Myawady. Changes to the Kayin State car market are reportedly dependent upon […]

Regional carriers look to Myanmar market expansion

Asian regional carriers—including Bangkok Airways, Nok Air, Myanmar Airways International (MAI) and AirAsia—are looking to expand operations into Myanmar following the opening up of international visa access at the end of 2016. Myanmar will operate a full visa on arrival scheme from December 2016 across all Association of South East Asian Nations member countries. Since […]

India, Thailand, Myanmar to be connected with a 1400-km road

BANGKOK: India , Thailand and Myanmar are working on a 1,400-kilometre long highway that will link India with Southeast Asia by land for the first time in decades, giving a boost to trade and cultural exchanges between the three countries. Indian Ambassador to Thailand Bhagwant Singh Bishnoi said 73 bridges in Myanmar, built more than seven decades ago during World War II, were […]

India setting up 9 border trade points with Myanmar

Keen to boost border trade between Northeast India and the neighbouring Southeast Asian countries, the Indian government is setting up nine border haats or markets along the border with Myanmar, a top official said on Wednesday. Addressing the inauguration of the Eighth Delhi Dialogue here, Anil Wadhwa, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs […]

Rubber farmers struggle as prices fall

At Shwe Kokko Myaing’s rubber plantation in Myawady district, crowded trees stretch endlessly on either side of the road. The workers live in old dwellings by the roadside. The five children are used to looking after each other. The oldest, aged eight, rocks his sister’s cradle while fixing lunch for the middle three. Their mother […]

Myanmar border trade up by $500m

Trade at Myanmar’s border posts as of mid-November showed a 14% rise over last year despite a fall in trade at some locations due to armed conflict or natural disaster, according to the Commerce Ministry statistics. Total trade at the 15 border stations stands at more than US$4 billion, $500 million more than at this […]

Thailand’s ruling general bets US$83 billion on taming the wild frontier with Myanmar

BANGKOK — For much of the past century, the Thai border town of Mae Sot stood on one of Asia’s wilder frontiers. On the opposite bank of the swirling, mud-brown Moei River in neighbouring Myanmar, Karen insurgents waged a seemingly endless independence war. Smugglers trafficked guns, opium, timber and gemstones. Then there was the two-way […]

Live cattle top Myawaddy export list

OF the nearly 40 billion baht (US$1.1 billion) worth of trade that passed through the Mae Sot and Myawaddy border posts last fiscal year, about 90 percent, or 36 billion baht worth, represents exports from Thailand to Myanmar, according to Thai statistics. The Thai fiscal year runs from October 1 to September 30. Thai customs […]