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Three Pagodas Pass
Three Pagodas Pass


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Chedi Sam Ong Checkpoint is the border connecting Thailand and Burma. It is a mountain pass that was the route to the western region of Thailand in the past. It is believed that this is the point that Indian monks used to enter Thailand to propagate Buddhism in the 3rd century in Ayutthaya period.

Apart from Buddhist incident, it also has historical significance. It was the route that Burmese army used to invade Ayutthaya Empire and some time Ayutthaya army used this route to invade Burma too. The first war in the history of Chedi Sam Ong mountain pass is King Tabeng Shwete War.

The name “Chedi Sam Ong” came from 3 small pagodas. It is assumed that they were built in Ayutthaya period as the symbol of peace. Now Chedi Sam Ong Checkpoint is situated in Thai territory but some parts of Thai-Burmese border territory has been discussing until now. However, Chedi Sam Ong Checkpoint is the border connecting Sangklaburi District in the northern part of Kanchanaburi Province and Paya Tongsoo District in the southern part of Krariang Region in Burma.

Sangklaburi District is about 230 kilometers from Kanchanaburi City in the “Sam Sob” area, the place where 3 rivers including Huay Songalia, Huay Beekol, and Huay Rantee join together and become  Kwai Noi River. There is also a famous wood bridge in this area. Chedi Sam Ong is therefore the tourist attraction for nature lovers and history lovers.

For visitors, only one-day-pass visa is available for traveling and buying souvenirs. The visa cannot be extended (for foreigners). It is popular because it is the border that is not far from Bangkok.


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The end of the Thai border in the west is located in Tambon Nong Lu on Highway 323, about 4 km. before getting to Amphoe Sangkhla Buri. Turn into the intersection on your right and continue for 18 km. to get to the Three Pagodas Pass. All routes are asphalted.

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