Ranong è il capoluogo dell'omonima provincia.
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Minibuses from Surat Thani cost 140 Baht and take around 3 hours. They arrive opposite the main bus station about 1km out of the town centre which is served by motorcycle taxis.
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Visa run - is a likely reason to come to Ranong. Songthaews leave from the market on the main road and cost 10 Baht to get to Saphan Pla, the fishing port providing the link to Myanmar. Most songthaews end up here eventually, though some follow a longer route than others. You will either be dropped across the road from the immigration office, or at a small roadside cafe a few metres away. Either way it is likely you will be offered a boat by the touts trying to earn a living. A longtail boat costs 300 Baht, whether you're on your own or in a group. There is also a big boat which is used by more organised visa runs, and a small-scale trip via longtail usually coordinated by a white haired chap in a gold coloured pickup who hangs around the bus station. Longtails are faster and fewer people mean less waiting time at the various immigration points. The big boat is slower and takes longer because of the number of passports to be checked, but can work out cheaper. You will need US$5 to enter Myanmar and they like the notes to be in top condition, especially with no writing on them. Touts will sell you US$5 for 300 Baht, but it's really worth about 200 Baht. On weekends the Burmese authorities also require photocopies of your passport done by a small shop at the immigration office for 10 baht. The boat will go to Thai immigration, and the driver will take your passport to be inspected, then the same again at Burmese entry where he will also need your US$5. Then you exit Myanmar at a third immigration office on the Burmese mainland, which you have to get off the boat to do. You'll probably be offered Valium and Viagra by the various Burmese touts trying to make a living, and helped towards shops selling cheap alcohol and cigarettes. There is a limit on what can be brought back legally, and the boat may be checked on the return journey. After the boat trip back, you must return to Thai immigration for another entry stamp. You should get a lift with an arranged trip, but it's a 10 Baht motorcycle taxi or songthaew ride, or a 10 minute walk.
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