how to go from mawlamyine to sukhothai

How to Go from Mawlamyine to Sukhothai [Myanmar to Thailand]

It’s the end of our travels around Myanmar and we have loved the country and the people. Our travels have taken in bicycles, trekking, buses, cars and oh, the trains. We’ve travelled just as far from side to side on the trains as we have forward (and backwards!).   We’ll be taking a shared taxi (there’s no appropriate buses here) from Mawlamyine to Sukhothai, via the Thai border town of Mae Sot.

It’s an easy trip.   A 15,000 kyat (US$11.68, GBP7.73) each shared taxi (there’s one other person and he gets the front seat) picks us up at 0735 and we head east. The road is pretty, but our driver isn’t stopping for photos.


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Where to Stay in Sukhothai

There are a host of places to stay in Sukhothai – here’s our pick of the luxury places to stay in Sukhothai, mid-range places to stay in Sukhothai, and budget accommodation in Sukhothai.

Sriwilai Sukhothai (SHA Extra Plus), Sukhothai, Thailand: This fantastic four-star hotel in Sukhothai is located in the Historical Park area of the city. This top Sukhothai hotel’s rooms include amenities including air conditioning and free internet access. Rooms here also have coffee/tea machines, a nice morning breeze on the balcony, and there’s also a bar onsite. This luxury hotel in Sukhothai, also includes free toiletries, fluffy bathrobes, and a comfortable sofa for relaxing. Check availability of Sukhothtai’s top hotels here.

Legendha Sukhotai (SHA Certified), Sukhothai, Thailand: The Legendha Sukhothai (SHA Certified) is a mid-range hotel conveniently situated in the Historical Park part of Sukhothai. This mid-range Sukhothai hotel has air conditioning and internet access in all of its rooms. The Legendha has rooms with a minibar and a coffee/tea machine. There’s also a garden, karaoke, restaurant, and a bar in this great Sukhothai hotel. You’ll also get free toiletries, complimentary drinks, and a comfortable sofa too. While you are here, you can always have breakfast in the poolside bar or order room service. Read more reviews of Legendha Sukhotai (SHA Certified) here.

Thai Thai Sukhothai, Sukhothai, Thailand: The Thai Thai Sukhothai is a fabulous budget hotel located in the Historical Park area of Sukhothai. All of the rooms at this budget Sukhothai hotel have air conditioning and free internet access., and breakfast is offered on the scenic terrace. Our favorite budget hotel in Sukhothai offers a coffee/tea machine, a private bathroom, a refrigerator, cable TV, a seating area, and a desk in all its rooms. You’ll also get free toiletries and complimentary drinking water. See room rates here.

Getting from Mawlamyine to Sukhothai

We get a 10 minute break that turns into 20 at 1025, when our driver and our Burmese travel mate have an early lunch, or a late breakfast at what passes for a truck stop here and then we’re off again.

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After that the roads become increasingly pot holed and bumpy and definitely not wide enough for the trucks that hurtle towards us.

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Suddenly the back seat seems like a much better if not particularly comfortable option. Mind you at least we’re not walking or on a bike, but they seem fearless, so good on them.

There used to be a single track road here to cross the “mountain” and depending on the day (even or odd) you could only go in one direction, so you had to plan your border crossing carefully! Now there’s a marvelous new road opened up and traffic can flow in both directions.

We arrive in Myawaddy, the Burmese border town just before noon and change all our remaining kyat into dollars – as the only options as Singaporean dollars or Euros, not Thai Baht.

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We walk across another border and another Friendship Bridge, clearing immigration easily into Thailand, and then find the songthaews that will take us to the bus station here in Mae Sot. It’s 20 THB (US$0.56, GBP 0.37) in the songthaew which fills quickly, or 60 THB each to take a motorbike taxi. There’s food here and bottled water, although our filter water bottles allow us to drink tap water too.


Best Filter Water Bottle

The Lifestraw Go Water Filter Bottle has a 22-ounce capacity, it has a two-stage carbon filter that lasts for 100 liters of water and a membrane microfilter that lasts up to 4,000 liters of water.  The bottle itself is reusable, extremely durable, and BPA-free.  

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Our transport stops on a dual carriageway and points to the bus station on the other side, and so we arrive in time to miss the 1330 bus, which is already full, but catch the last bus to Sukhothai which leaves at 1440, time for some spicy Thai food.

Our guide to what to see in Sukhothai is here.

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It’s good to be back!

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