Myanmar border checkpoint to stay open late for New Year

Mae Sai is a district of Thailand’s Chiang Rai province opposite Myanmar’s Tachileik district, and big celebrations are planned on both sides of the border. 

Pakaimas Vierra, who chairs the Thailand-Myanmar Cultural and Economic Council, said Myanmar had agreed to Thailand’s request for the extension.

She said the New Year’s countdown would be celebrated twice – at midnight and 12.30am – because the Myanmar timezone is 30 minutes behind Thailand.

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