Introducing Ranong Town
On the eastern bank of the Sompaen River’s turbid, tea-brown estuary, the frontier town of Ranong is a short boat ride – or a filthy swim – from Myanmar. This border town par excellence (shabby, frenetic, slightly seedy) has a thriving Burmese population (keep an eye out for men wearing traditional longyi, Burmese sarongs), a clutch of hot springs and some tremendous street food.
Today the town is basking in transit tourism to Ko Phayam more than the visa runs it was once known for (visas given at the border are only two weeks now). Meanwhile, more and more dive operators specialising in live-aboard trips to the Surin Islands and Burma Banks are establishing themselves here, adding a pinch of an expat feel.
Ranong Town destination guides
Burma Sailing ex Phuket
Departing from Phuket, discover Burma on an Intrepid sailing adventure and dive into an aquatic playground that is truly one of the world’s best-kept secrets. While the backpackers, honeymooners and day-spa crowds have swarmed to the beaches of Thailand and Bali, Burma’s remote Myeik Archipelago has remained almost frozen in time since the days of the early colonial explorers.