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Overland to Myanmar

Myawaddy and Mae Sot immigration checkpoints are now open to those wishing to cross the border in Myanmar from Thailand's Tak province.

Overland travellers, who must have a current passport and visa, can now cross the border everyday between 6.30am to and 6.30pm. The immigration checkpoints are located at Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge crossing Moei River. Myawaddy, a small township sitting opposite Mae Sot district, is the gateway to Kayin and Mon states.

Challenged in Phuket

Laguna Phuket Triathlon celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and more than 1,500 athletes have already signed up for the two main races: the 20th anniversary Laguna Phuket Triathlon on November 24 and the Challenge Laguna Phuket on December 1. Entries for both events are still open but the Laguna Phuket Triathlon is expected to sell out within the next few weeks. Register for both racing events at www.ChallengeLagunaPhuket.com.

Swinging in Suphan Buri

So Cool, Zeal and Paradox are among the Thai stars taking turns to entertain festival-goers and weekenders at the Suphan Buri Festival on September 13-14. The two festive days are being held at the city pillar with the huge dragon monument forming the backdrop. Adding more colour and flavours to the festival spirit are a series of fanfares and games. Noted for historical landmarks and old marketplaces, Suphan Buri is about two hours drive from Bangkok. Gates to the concert opens at 5pm.

Connecting Bangkok with Nay Pyi Taw

AirAsia launches direct flights between Bangkok and the Myanmar capital Nay Pyi Taw next month, offering passengers a choice of three flights weekly (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). The service, which will start on October 28, will be on the Airbus 320 with FD2745 departing Don Muang Airport in Bangkok at noon, and arriving at Nay Pyi Taw Airport at 1pm. The return flight leaves Nay Pyi Taw at 1.30pm, and lands at Don Muang Airport at 3.30pm. Tickets are now available for booking at www.AirAsia.com.


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