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In February 2017 the Tourism Authority of Thailand and the Myanmar Tourism Federation (MTF) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to engage in a campaign to promote cross-border travel. They aim to more than triple the number of visitors between the neighbouring nations to 1.5m by 2020. Myanmar authorities have reportedly asked Thailand to help provide an intensive Thai-language training programme for local guides and tourism management courses for Myanmar’s tourism operators.
Local tourism sector stakeholders hope the MoU will increase the number of tourists visiting Myanmar during the so-called green season, which runs from spring to late summer. “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,” Daw May Myat Mon Win, the MTF’s vice-chairman, told local media. “Together with Thailand, we want to encourage tourists to visit all the cultural sites in Myanmar, also from June [until] September, and enjoy the last part of their holiday at the beach in Ko Samui and other islands where it’s the dry season in this period and the weather is sunny.”
Ease of Travel
Entry over land between Myanmar and Thailand is possible with an electronic visa (e-visa) via three official border posts: Tachileik, Myawaddy and Kawthaung. An e-visa smooths the travelling process by allowing up to three border crossings during one trip.
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