If you plan to enter Myanmar from Thailand, you have to cross the border river separating the two countries. Most of our guests choose this route and it's really very easy. Here's a short step-by-step guide. You can also download our info sheet.
1 - Drive to Ranong Longtail Pier (SaPhan Pla Jetty)
Take a taxi to the pier in Ranong, from which boats leave for Kawthaung. The car ride there from Phuket Airport usually takes 3-4 hours and should cost 4200 - 5000 Thai Baht. From Ranong Airport it takes about 30 minutes and costs approximately 500 Baht. The small pier is hidden behind the PTT petrol station, so don‘t be surprised. Here are the directions in Thai, in case you want to show them to your driver:
2 - Border Checkpoint
If you call us an hour before arrival, we will send a longtail boat over to pick you up. The driver will wait for you at the border checkpoint area with a sign in his hand.
First you have to go through Thai emigration and border control, just to your right inside the border checkpoint area. Right in front of to the emigration area is the longtail boat pier. The small and somewhat adventurous-looking boats there are the only means of transport to Kawthaung.
There will be a crowd of drivers waiting. If you rent a boat for yourself, the trip across the river will cost 400 to 500 Thai Baht. You can also hop onto a regular join-in longtail, in which case the fee should be about 50 Baht per person.
3 - Crossing the River
Crossing the river between Thailand and Myanmar takes 30 to 45 minutes. There are two more checkpoints along the way where the driver has to show your passport to customs officers. Usually you won‘t have to get off the boat.
4 - Arriving in Kawthaung, Myanmar
The longtail boats from Thailand arrive about 30-40 metres away from the Myanmar Immigration Pier (Myo Ma Jetty). Walk along the road until you see the sign that says ''Warmly Welcome and Take Care of Tourists'' (see photo on the left).
The small building on the right hand side is the border control by Myo Ma Jetty. We‘ll meet you right there at 11.30 a.m. on your day of departure. If you have any trouble finding us, you can always call us on +66 2 1070 445.