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DIY Ranong Visa Run for 530 baht

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DIY Ranong Visa Run for 530 baht

I did the Ranong visa run today without paying a tour agency and figured I would share the step by step process to help other people out.

First, there are two different options at two different piers. There is the "Andaman Club" pier on the NW side of town where you take a A/C boat to the Andaman Club resort and casino where you can do the visa run as well as gamble. Then there is the pier on the SW side of town where the visa run is done by longtail boat and is a little more adventurous. I did the longtail option, so that is what this post will be about.

Step by step:

1) I went to KTB Bank and exchanged 300 baht for a crisp new $10 USD Bill. (Make sure it is perfect and keep it flat, or you may have issues in Burma).

2) I took a songthaew from downtown Ranong to the main pier in Saphan Pla (it cost 15 baht and I took a #4 songthaew but I think #3 goes there too). The pier is kind of hidden behind a large gas station/7-11. The gas station is about 50 meters past the pier for Koh Phayam/Koh Chang on the right side of the road. DO NOT go to the Thailand Immigration facility that is about 800 meters before the pier. That is not the place to stamp out your passport! (I found this out the hard way).

3) I went to the Thai immigration checkpoint that is in the pier and got my exit stamp. (No cost)

4) I started looking for a boat and was approached by and older Thai guy who was dressed nicely and had white hair. He asked if I needed a boat and offered a 200 baht fare round trip. This was a great price (I hear it is normally 300+ baht) so I went for it. He had rounded up a few other foreigners and after about 10 minutes we got escorted to a longtail boat.

5) The boat ride to Burma tool about 30 minutes. We stopped at two checkpoints along the way. Once we arrived, we were escorted to Burmese immigration office.

6) At the Burmese office I forked over my $10 bill and they processe my passport (but I don't think they stamped it there). I was then asked if I needed time to shop for cigarettes, booze, etc before going back to Thailand. I said no.

7) After about 20 minutes in Burma, I got back on the boat and headed back to Thailand. On the way we stopped at three checkpoints (one Burmese where I think they stamped out my passport and two Thai where they inspected the boat for smuggle goods). After 30 minutes on the water we got back to the pier where I started.

8) I went to the same Thai immigration checkpoint where I got stamped out and got my new 15 day entry stamp (free).

9) I walked out to the main road and caught a songthaew back to downtown Ranong (15 baht).

Total cost: 230 baht + $10 bill for Burma = 530 baht for everything.

I am pretty sure this is about as cheap as the Ranong visa run could possiby cost. I talked to other foreigners on the boat and they paid anywhere from 700 to 1200 baht for their organised visa runs.

Notes:

I recommend starting early to beat the crowds and the heat.

The people on the boat take your passport a number of times.. Don't worry about it, this is normal.

Thats all I can think of for now. I hope this is helpful to someone! :)

-Shawn

PS - I wrote this on my iPhone so I applogize for any mispellings, etc

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1. Re: DIY Ranong Visa Run for 530 baht

I will probably go on an organised trip to Ranong - the first in years. I want to check first if they will give me a 60 day stamp on my tourist visa? It is a triple entry with 2 remaining. Any tips / info. welcome. Thanks, Simon

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2. Re: DIY Ranong Visa Run for 530 baht

If you have a multi entry visa, then leaving Thailand, from Ranong or anywhere else, should give you another 60 days.

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3. Re: DIY Ranong Visa Run for 530 baht

Thanks for the info. Where did you stay in ranong? I am looking for a cheap hostel there, is it worth it to stay for a few days there just to chill? I need an 17 days visa stamp, so I may have to do two runs in 3 days so I get the days rights

Thanks

Sabrina

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4. Re: DIY Ranong Visa Run for 530 baht

Thank you so much for the info!!! Seriously thx :)

The only thing I can insist about is how the 10$ bill must be prestine. I had a 5, 10 and 50 dollars bill. None of them were acceptable to them. It must be prestine, meaning no folded bill, not a mark on it, must look if it was out from the printing shop.

In case you end up like me, you can still have your prestine 10$ bill in Burma for about 500 baht wich I had no choice to pay. My total ? 930 baht. It was an amusing experience ^_^.

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5. Re: DIY Ranong Visa Run for 530 baht

Of course the 530 baht excludes the cost of getting to and from Ranong which organised trips includes.

Sabrinha

Could you explainthis comment please> " I need an 17 days visa stamp, so I may have to do two runs in 3 days so I get the days rights." As Iunderstand it you now get 30 days visa exemption stamp whether crossing by air, land or sea.

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6. Re: DIY Ranong Visa Run for 530 baht

Thank you soo much for the post! It's really helpful!

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Sabrinha

Could you explainthis comment please> " I need an 17 days visa stamp, so I may have to do two runs in 3 days so I get the days rights." As Iunderstand it you now get 30 days visa exemption stamp whether crossing by air, land or sea.

Not sure about the 17 days part but 30 days exemption is only for G8 countries, Sabrinha is Australian

Same for the OP Shawn Storm, avatar states USA so I would expect 30 days.

Edited: 07 March 2014, 13:13
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It was the 17days visa stamp I didn't understand.

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9. Re: DIY Ranong Visa Run for 530 baht

Thanks for the helpful post. We've done it today. Here're some comments:

1) if you cannot find 10$ at any bank, no worries! Your boat driver will exchange it for you for 400 baht in Burma (there's a stall right across the road from the pier, second from the corner if you wanna try to bargain)))

2) there are several routs that eventually lead to Saphan Plaa (3, 5, 6 are what we've taken) but ask your driver as this particular one might not be going there now. Number 6 goes through the bus station.

3) we were at the pier about 8 a.m. which is perfect: not many people, not too hot. One of the boat drivers runs to you right away, 200 baht per person is a standard fee they ask for, but as he already had a couple of farangs and locals he agreed for 150. By the way at 4 p.m. the situation on the pier was pretty much the same: cool, no crowds.

4) the view on the way is great! Better than in Andaman jetty, as this one is air conditioned which means you have to look through the dirty windows. And here you stop a couple of times for the immigration posts, smile at other boats, look at Buddahs and enjoy the breeze.

5) in Burma we were given 5$ and 20$ bills which is cool for the officers

6) everything went quick and hustle free: 580 baht for an adult and a toddler and 2 hrs 45 min from the market to the same spot

Resume: We definitely recommend this way of visa run as Andaman boat took pretty much same time as we had to wait for the boat (they have jetty timetable on their website), cost 850 baht adult, 400 baht child ticket. if you don't have your vehicle it may be more complicated to get there as there's no interest here for locals.

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10. Re: DIY Ranong Visa Run for 530 baht

Anyone know the cost of the run from the Andaman Pier if you go in on your own?

Edited: 02 April 2014, 09:19
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