New Myanmar Routes Opening Up, Exiting Tachilek

Discussion in 'Myanmar General Discussion Forum' started by SilverhawkUSA, May 13, 2014.

  1. SilverhawkUSA

    SilverhawkUSA Ol'Timer

    Last week my friend Armin Schoch informed me of the below information. This was further confirmed by Peter from Classic Bike Tours in an email.

    They are planning a tour along the new route for December 2014.

    I previously posted information regarding the new route entering from Mae Sot here:

    You can contact Peter at [email protected] for more information. Tell Peter 'Dave Early' referred you. :thumbup:
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  3. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Exciting news! Apparently they are not bothering to fix the existing road, but are building a brand new road to the south of the existing road that will be a huge improvement. This is part of the new highway that will some day link Mae Sot, Thailand to Moreh, India. You can see part of the new road on Google Earth :thumbup:
  4. SilverhawkUSA

    SilverhawkUSA Ol'Timer

    I believe that is what I said in my other post referenced above.
  5. TonyBKK

    TonyBKK Ol'Timer

    Indeed you did! Sorry, I neglected to click on your link. My bad :)
  6. blackwolf

    blackwolf Active Member

    I went on the new road in both directions, in late Jan/early Feb of this year. It will officially open around June/July this year. Nowadays you can cross the new road if you start very early in the morning, arriving at the start of the road in either direction between roughly 5am and 6.30am only.

    Not sure if motorcycle tours will be allowed to use this road until it is officially open since roadworks are still ongoing. My hunch is that permission won't be granted yet but you never know. It takes just 40 mins or so to travel across the road, probably this will come down to 30 mins once the road is 100% complete. Currently, it appears to be around 80% complete, with most sections from Myawady towards the half-way mark basically finished, while towards Kawkareik, a couple of bridges and the final stretch of unpaved road still need to be finished before the road is officially opened. The road itself bypasses Kawkareik township although most drivers will still enter Kawkareik as the final stretch needs to be raised and paved and is currently much lower than the existing road it joins up to.

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