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Charter boat from from the docks at Ranong is a common way to enter Kawthoung and has been used by travellers in Thailand looking for to extend their visa-free stays in Thailand. travel agents in Ranong can arrange this for around 400THB per person including transport to the dock but not including visa fees, for which pristine, unmarked Thai baht or US dollars should be used. Even a slightly marked or torn note will be rejected and change is not usually given at the customs hut on the Kawthoung side.
The most common way to get around town are motorcycle taxis. They are 200 Kyat per person for short distances. It is about 2000 Kyat to the airport which is about 7 miles away.
The favourite for tourists and fortune riskers is Andaman Club Resort Hotel located on Thahtay Kyun Island about half an hour trip by boat from Kawthaung or Ranong. The club is famous for casino gambling, the only one international gambling places of Myanmar on the Andaman side. Not far from the town, there are Kayin Kwa and other such as Myauk Ni and Salone Islands, a part of Mergui Archipelago, they are a good places for diving, and other sea activities since the place can be regard as still virgin since not much disturbed by outside environments. Nearby Kawthung has a small water fall and hot spring at Maliwun Village 24 miles north from the town. Nowadays it can be reached within half an hour by car with a good paved road.
You can use Baht everywhere in the town area. Still they don't always have change and the prices paid with Baht are a little bit more expensive. The are several places to change money. For example some of the IP Star Shops do it. The rate is about 3500 Kyat for 100 Baht.
They are a lot of restaurants around town. Easy to see from the ouside. In the cheaper ones it is 400 Kyat for a bowl of noodles.
The Myanmar Beer really is as good as it's name. You can get a glass of beer for about 20 Baht. One place is the smile restaurant, close to the guesthouse. In the evening it is a karaoke bar, with either girls on stage or the guests singing. Very decent setup anyway.
You are only allowed to stay in three Hotels. They are the Honey Bear Hotel for 800 Baht, a guesthouse for 400 Baht, and another place that is even more expensive.
The guesthouse is quiet and has a nice rooftop. Still the facilities are very basic. Toilets are outside the room. They have at times electricity and most of the time running water.
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