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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Singkhon border inauguration - but no crossing for foreigners

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Over 2'000 Thai and Burmese people celebrated the inauguration of Singkhon Pass in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province on May 23. 

Inauguration of the Singkon Border in Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. 
The opening ceremony of Singkhon Pass was co-chaired by Prachuap Khiri Khan Governor Weera Sriwattanatrakul and Regional Minister of Commerce for Taninthayi Region U Thein Win. The event featured cultural performances of both countries and also saw the release of a tourist caravan bound for Myeik City. 

Thai and Myanmar dancers were performing. 
Mr. Weera said the premier hoped the inauguration of Singkhon Pass would boost trade between Thailand and Myanmar. The governor also voiced his confidence that the special checkpoint would help push up trade value by over 10 billion baht per year. 

Lot's of crowds joined the inauguration.
To mark a further step towards stronger friendship, Thailand and Myanmar have agreed to offer special exceptions to citizens of each other’s countries. Burmese citizens are allowed to enter the Kingdom and spend two days and one night within Prachuap Khiri Khan Province. 

The border market lost a lot of it's charme since the stalls changed from woodenshacks to concrete shops. 
Thai citizens holding a Border Pass are allowed to stay within the districts of Taninthayi and Myeik for no more than 14 days. Those holding a temporary Border Pass can visit the two districts for no more than seven days. 

But bad news for tourists: even with the lift to a special border are foreigners not allowed to leave Thailand and enter Myanmar.

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