Tamu is a town of 44,000 people (2014) in Northern Myanmar near the border with the eastern Indian state of Manipur. Tamu is something of a transport hub for cross-border traffic to India, being just across the border from Moreh. It is also an important commercial town serving Moreh.
Tamu is the border town and gateway to India's Manipur state, opposite of Moreh on the Indian side. It is also a hub for smuggled goods from Thailand and China which are transported to India. The town is mainly populated by the Burmese, Chin ethnic people, and many others from throughout the country.
It is on the alignment of a proposed railway connecting the two countries.
India to Myanmar / PersSumo - Dimapur to Imphal - Bus Imphal to Moreh - Crossing to Tamu / No MTT permitted needed (personal report, May 2019)
It is possible to go Imphal to Moreh to Tamu and depending on availability, get a bus or minivan going to Kaley or Mandalay the same day.
- 1 Buses and minivans terminal, Bo Gyoke Road (right outside of Tamu Market).
As of May 2019, there are several daily connections by minivan and bus between Tamu and Mandalay. Between Tamu and Yangon there are at least two daily buses. Also, Kalay has several daily connections to/from Tamu.
State buses from the Manipur State Transport Bus Terminal in Imphal depart at 06:30, at 07:00 and at 13:00 to Moreh.
The center of Tamu is walkable.
A trip between the border and the center seems about 2,000-3,000 kyat, but probably cheaper depending on your negotiation skills.
You might be able to rent a bicycle at the 1 bicycle shop.
- 3 Tamu Market (တမူစျေး), Bo Gyoke Road (near the bus station). The town market is centrally located.
There are several local beer shops around town where men hang out and watch TV.
Regular buses exist to:
- Kalay – About 130 km south of Tamu. Minivans for Kalay leave around 07:00, 10:00, 13:00 and 15:00, for 4,000-5,000 kyat.