Myanmar by own car?
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Jan 20, 2012 7:59 PM Last Post By: Austinbama
Jan 20, 2012 7:49 AM
Myanmar by own car?Hello
we are travelling by our own car from Switzerland to souteast Asia.
Maybe can somebody answer this questions:
1) Is it possible to enter Myanmar and drive by own car in order to transit the country?
2) Any travel agency which can help with the permits?
Any information will be appreciated.
Edited by: emd_three on Jan 21, 2013 6:37 AM
Jan 20, 2012 7:58 AM
1Is it possible to enter Myanmar and drive by own car in order to transit the country?
AFAIK, no, it isn't.
Jan 20, 2012 8:29 AM
Jan 20, 2012 8:39 AM
3We have a long-running thread with more than 600 posts in 5 years about this here. Have fun :-)
Driving through Central Asia and China down to SE-Asia is more feasible.
Jan 20, 2012 2:48 PM
Yeah, but how incredibly awesome would it be!
Myanmar is opening up. There's supposed to be bus service next month from Imphal, in eastern India, to Mandalay, which would necessarily mean a visa station. I don't know what would happen if you just showed up.
What would probably happen is they wouldn't let you in. In which case, you'd be truly deeply screwed. There's no ferry service from India to Thailand, and you are hemmed in by the Himalayas. You'd have to drive back to Uzbekistan and then across the Gobi Desert, through all of China and cross from Yunnan into Lao Kai, in Vietnam.
Pretty much the longest land journey in human history. Something to tell the neighbors.
Maybe you could just put your car in a container at Chennai and fly to Laem Chabang or Bangkok to pick it up.
Wish I were going with you.
Jan 20, 2012 3:10 PM
5Something else you should know about, assuming you manage to enter the country: fuel.
You're Swiss I take it, so when you need gasoline (petrol), you pull into a filling station and you or an attendant takes a hose from an electrically driven pump and dispense a metered amount of fuel. Works the same in the US and in Thailand and in the population centers of "regular" South-east Asia (Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia).
In the more rural areas, the pump isn't electric, or metered. Instead the attendant manual pumps the fuel into a big glass globe at eye-level. When you are satisfied with the quantity and quality of gas, he pulls a lever that dumps the fuel through the hose into your vehicle.
In some places, you just stop at a road-side rack or table full of old soda bottles filled with a colored fluid. It's about $1 a liter and it will make your internal-combustion engine go, more or less.
Burma, it isn't that sophisticated. When my car needed gas, my driver pulled up in front of a travel agency owned by a friend of his. They went in the back, money changed hands, and the driver came back with a 4-liter tin, marked as containing salad oil, which he surreptitiously emptied into the tank.
Imagine a hand-to-hand drug buy in a parody version of Transformers where Bumblee is a crack addict and you'll get the idea.
Wish I were going with you.
Jan 20, 2012 3:54 PM
6I think you should get searching as this is answered daily so much I got fed up with it and so put out in FAQ 73 so first search OK now for your route
turkey - Iran- Mashed -and herat in Afghanistan -kandihar -Herat to Peshawar via Khyber pass (german guy did it on bike couple of mths ago then up through DIR in Pakistan onto the Karakoram highway into China and across to Yunnan and down into laos
as for Myanmar/Burma everyone and his brotherw anted to do that route since the 60's and although someone actually did get permits for their vehicle (can't think how) the passengers still had to fly in and out with local drivrs taking it across the borders, think it was a tuk tuk from Thailand search and seeas they posted here a few years back.
let us know how you get on
Jan 20, 2012 4:16 PM
7Here's another tidbit to dig around with. Just remembered this.
I was in India this past November, and I saw a Unimog camper rig with - can't remember, but one of the EU countries - tags on it. Netherlands? I didn't talk to them, but their rig was covered in 'dust writing' - it's been all over South East Asia. So ... they got this massive rig somehow from South East Asia to India. They had an URL on the back, don't remember it - but it does mean that this journey exists with some documentation I would think on the Net somewhere.
There's no way it fit in a container for shipping ...
Jan 20, 2012 5:40 PM
Jan 20, 2012 7:59 PM
9It's not possible to enter Myanmar and drive by own car in order to transit the country yet!
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