Thought of sharing with you our experience during Burma ride that took place just over 2 years ago. As you all probably know, government issued permit is required to travel through Myanmar. Tell them how many days you planning to spend there and they provide you with choice of places to see to build your own itinerary. Obviously, some parts of the country are off-limits due to armed conflicts between ethnic rebel groups and Myanmar ruling junta. As far as I know certain groups went to Myanmar embassies in Singapore, Malaysia & Thailand to apply for overland trip permits. That takes quite a long time and sometimes involves talking to someone insignificant at the bottom of the ladder who has no clue how to proceed. For starters, I didn't consider, not even once going through such channels; idea was to find reputable International overland agency, preferably with office in Yangon and closely linked to Myanmar government. Once I successfully managed to do that they referred me to their contact in Bangkok, very nice German guy Joerg. He rode in Myanmar just couple of months before us so it was quite pleasant surprise to have all paperwork done in 3 weeks. Thanks to Joerg I organized another 3 Burma rides for my riding pals in 2014 alone. Since this trip was quite short notice we had only 6 participants: 5 riders and my wife as a passenger. Tour package price obviously depends on number of participants so we had to fork out whooping US$1,580 each, no discount for pillion rider. Price covered accommodation and breakfast for us, Burmese Tour Guide, Government minder and their van driver, all checkpoint and “Higway” charges, entry fees into certain POI’s etc. We were warned in advance about bad road conditions at first 60km’s across Dawna Range Pass. Rocks, boulders, gravel, traffic congestion is what to expect. At that time I had only 1 motorcycle, BMW K1600GTL, no adventure type bike so I was bit nervous. I could have borrowed nice GS from friend of mine but that wouldn’t be it: it is special feeling riding on your own bike, especially in foreign land. Night before departure we stayed at Im Boutique Hotel in Mae Sot. Beautiful, clean and cozy place for just THB 800 if memory serves me well. Coordinates: 16.72488, 98.56058 (decimal). Website: http://www.imboutiquehotel.com/ So, March 8[sup]th[/sup], 6:30am and here we are at the Mae Sot border check point, all excited and impatient. You have to start early to avoid huge crowds of Burmese lining up at the immigration. Me, my wife, Hisham and William from Malaysia, Mark from Singapore and Hugh the Scottsman, Singapore resident.