There are several options open to travelers wishing to cross from Myanmar into Thailand. Although flying is the fastest and often easiest option, it is also possible via one of the land border crossings open to foreign visitors.
International travelers will be also pleased to learn that both Thailand and Myanmar recently implemented electronic visa systems for tourists (also known as eVisas). eVisas allow foreign citizens to apply for a tourist visa online in minutes from anywhere in the world. This means that eligible travelers can now explore all eVisa countries in the area without having to visit any embassies or consulates in person, allowing for more flexible travel itineraries.
The information below explains some of the best routes available as well as the documentation required to travel from Myanmar to Thailand.
Flying from Myanmar to Thailand
The quickest way to reach Thailand from Myanmar is by plane, with the best option being to take a direct flight to Bangkok from either Yangon or Mandalay International airport.
There are 2 international airports in Bangkok, Don Mueang Airport (DMK) and Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), separated by a distance of 29.5 miles (47.5 km). Both receive flights from Myanmar daily.
Flying from Myanmar to Don Mueang Airport, Bangkok
There are flights each day between Myanmar’s Yangon International airport and Don Mueang Airport. The earliest flight to depart Yangon leaves at around 5:45 am whilst the last departing flight takes off at around 21:40 pm.
Yangon International Airport and Don Mueang Airport are separated by 925 miles (575 km) with a journey time of 1 hour and 10 minutes.
Flying from Myanmar to Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok
Both Yangon and Mandalay International have daily flights to Suvarnabhumi Airport, from early in the morning to late evening.
Yangon to Suvarnabhumi Airport
With around 11 flights each day leaving Yangon for Suvarnabhumi Airport, this is a convenient and popular route for tourists traveling between Myanmar and Thailand.
The distance between Yangon Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport is 379 miles (610km) with a flight time of 1 hour 15 minutes.
Mandalay International to Suvarnabhumi Airport
Another option for flying between Myanmar and Suvarnabhumi is to fly from Mandalay International Airport. Around 4 flights leave Mandalay for Suvarnabhumi each day.
As the distance between Mandalay and Suvarnabhumi is greater, 636 miles (1,024 km) the journey time is slightly longer taking in the region of 1 hour and 55 minutes.
Which airlines fly between Myanmar and Bangkok?
The following airlines run flights between Myanmar airports and Bangkok:
- Bangkok Airways
- Thai AirAsia
- Thai Smile
- Thai Airways International
- Nok Air
- Thai Lion Mentari
- Myanmar Airways International
- Myanma Airways
Other options for flying from Myanmar to Thailand
Travelers departing from Yangon airport can also fly directly to Krabi or Chiang Mai airports with flight times of 2 hours 5 minutes and 1 hour 20 minutes respectively.
Traveling from Myanmar to Thailand by Land
Four land borders are open for foreigners traveling from Myanmar to Thailand, 3 of which can be crossed with an eVisa.
The Myawaddy – Mae Sot Border Point
This is a convenient option for crossing from Myanmar into Thailand. There are many alternatives for onward travel once across the border: the Thai town of Mae Sot is located 62 miles (100 km) from Tak, from where there are regular bus services to and from both Chiang Mai and Bangkok.
It is easy to reach Tak from Mae Scot by minibus, with daily services and a journey time of 90 minutes.
The Tachileik – Sai Border Point
On arrival in Mae Sai from Tachileik, travelers may choose to explore the popular market before taking a songthaew bus to the Mae Sai bus terminal. From here, Green bus services offer connections to other Thai destinations including Chiang Mai (5-hour journey) and Chain Rai (2-hour journey).
The Kawthaung – Ranong Border Point
A convenient and interesting way to travel between Myanmar and Thailand. The crossing between Kawthaung and Ranong is made by longtail boat, lasting around 25 minutes and providing an opportunity to see some traditional stilt houses.
The cheapest option is to share a boat with other travelers, alternatively, a private boat can be hired for a slightly higher fee. On each side of the border, immigration offices are open from 7 am to 5 pm.
Documents Required to Travel from Myanmar to Thailand
Travelers should ensure they have all the necessary documentation to enter Thailand. Required documents include:
- Passport with at least 6 months validity
- A printed copy of the approved Thailand eVisa or another relevant visa
- Proof of onward travel and funds
How to Apply for an eVisa to Cross from Myanmar into Thailand
Tourists entering Thailand from Myanmar will be required to present a valid visa at the border.
Travelers are encouraged to take advantage of the Thailand eVisa system, by doing so they are not required to visit a Thai embassy in person, hire a travel agency, or join long queues at the border.
Applying online for a Thailand eVisa is the quickest and easiest way to gain access to the country, requiring just an internet connection and few personal details. On approval, tourists are granted a single entry short-term stay of up to 15 days.
Another advantage of the eVisa is that, as it often takes just a matter of days to be approved, travelers in Myanmar who decide to extend their trip to Thailand can apply from Myanmar.
All applicants should check the visa Thailand visa requirements carefully before submitting their application.