"Land Route" Kengtung Transportation Tip by kenmerk

Kengtung Transportation: 4 reviews and 3 photos

  Checkpoint Along the Road to Kengtung...
by kenmerk

The route to Kengtung by land is whole lot easier than it used to be.

This road was just recently sealed, which now makes it a relatively comfortable 3 hour ride from Takchilek. Just a year or two ago, the road was unsealed and it would take 6-12 hours, depending on conditions, and the road was impassible during the worst of the rainy season.

To get here from Mae Sai, Thailand, walk across the bridge into Takchilek where you can get a 14 day visa, which is only good in this part of the country (i.e. Takchilek-Kengtung-Mongla) It cost $10 USD with no FEC exchange requirements.

Either catch a bus or hire transport yourself for the journey. The road passes through a beautiful river gorge then over some tall mountains before reaching Kengtung. Along the way you will pass 8 or so police check points to verify your paper work. You will also pass through a few Shan and hill tribe villages.

Its funny, once you reach the last police check point just south of Kengtung, you have to get out of the car, and actually walk about 50 meters across the final police check point. Not sure why this is required, but hey they got all the guns, so I was more than happy to comply with the request...

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  • Written Feb 2, 2004
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