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Ranong - kawthaung border crossing between Thailand and myanmar (most southern crossing

Posted by Michalgilo22 on 24/10/2016 at 08:57

Did anyone here cross the border from Thailand to myanmar through the ranong - kawthaung border crossing?
I am almost sure that it is possible to enter myanmar through there, but the question is if it's possible to take a bus from kawthaung north to Yangon, or dawei or myeik which are on the way to yangon?
I have read on this website that there are buses, but am not sure the information us up to date (since everything is changing all the time)? And also, it would be nice to hear from someone who have done it lately.

Thanks

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Posted by somtam2000 on 24/10/2016 at 23:16 admin

Yes, the border is still open and the buses are still running and as far as we are aware, the information listed on the site is still valid.

Cheers

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Posted by altmtl on 25/11/2016 at 16:42

"Did anyone here cross the border from Thailand to myanmar through the ranong - kawthaung border crossing?"


I did a few years back or a visa run. (half day) Wondering if it is still possible in 2017 considering to crackdowns?
I have a 60 day visa and would have to extend it for another 30.


I could pay for an extension, but this looks like a cheaper option - as I'll probably go to Koh Phayam afterwards?


Thanks

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Posted by parisi on 29/11/2016 at 07:10

Hello, I plan, in january 2017, to go overland, by public bus, from Kanchanaburi (Thai) to DAWEI (Burma), as it is well described in this website, but can someone tell me if we can keep traveling (by bus or train) to MOULMEIN and Rangoon ?? and is the visa valid for 28 days ? thanks for your answers.. and more info about s.-e. Asia !! Richard

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Posted by somtam2000 on 29/11/2016 at 07:25 admin

Hi Richard,

Yes you can continue travelling on from there.

Timely question as we've just published five minutes ago a two week itinerary for Southern Burma which may be of interest.

Cheers

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Posted by altmtl on 29/11/2016 at 10:47

"Did anyone here cross the border from Thailand to myanmar through the ranong - kawthaung border crossing?"

I did a few years back on a visa run. (half day) Wondering if it is still possible in 2017 considering to crackdowns? I have a 60 day visa (Thai) and would to extend it for another 30.

I could pay for an extension, but this looks like a cheaper option - as I'll probably go to Koh Phayam afterwards?


Thanks

#6 altmtl has been a member since 18/5/2009. Location: Canada. Posts: 1,003

Posted by somtam2000 on 29/11/2016 at 20:39 admin

@altmtl Have cc'd this thread across to David as he is on Ko Phayam now and should have some up to date goss on that border crossing.

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Posted by altmtl on 29/11/2016 at 20:43

Thanks smile.gif

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Posted by DLuek on 29/11/2016 at 21:28 TF writer

So the question is, can you cross to Burma after using a 2-month tourist visa and immediately cross back to Thailand? A travel agent in Ranong told me "yes" but only if you're a "real tourist"... I'm afraid there's never a 100% certain answer to this but I'd say it would be okay so long as you're not doing it over and over. Personally I wouldn't even try it twice in a row at this point.

On a related note, there have been recent reports over on Thaivisa.com that a new Thai immigration computer system is flagging people who have stayed (or are trying to stay) over 180 days on visa-exempt stays and/or tourist visas. Not sure if it's 180 days straight or 180 days over the course of a year, but at least one guy was denied entry at Don Mueang despite having a valid tourist visa (was his 3rd in a row) acquired in Penang. Another guy had same thing happen at Suvarnabhumi but was apparently able to sweet talk the supervisor into overriding the system for him.

#9 DLuek has been a member since 19/6/2008. Location: Thailand. Posts: 1,344

Posted by DLuek on 30/11/2016 at 04:06 TF writer

Double checked with some expat business owners on Phayam today and they verified: one or maybe two out/in runs at Ranong / Kawthoung *should* be okay, but the days of camping out on Phayam or Little Chang for months and doing border runs every 30 days have apparently come and gone. Sad because these are such great islands for being a true long-term budget tourist.

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Posted by altmtl on 6/12/2016 at 20:04

Thanks DLuek... although it doesn't sound that promising?

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