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You'll probably be offered Valium and Viagra by touts, and helped towards shops selling cheap alcohol and cigarettes. There is a limit on what can be brought back legally, and the boat may be checked on the return journey. You'll also be offered a one-hour sight-seeing trip on a moped from the touts. At the end of the trip you may be told that the price you agreed was for the moped only and that you need to pay further for the guide himself. It's well worth spending some time in the village even if you're just doing the day trip (have a Myanmar beer!).

After the boat trip back, you must return to the Thai immigration office to formally re-enter the country.

Diving at the Similan- and Surin Islands in Thailand - is another activity that starts from Ranong. Although most companies who offer dive tours to the Surin_Islands- and Similan_Islands are situated more southwards at the West Coast of Thailand in Khao Lak and Phuket, you can also start diving to these areas from remote Ranong. Also famous dive sites like Richelieu_rock, Koh Tachai and Koh Bon are included in the live aboard tours. In Ranong are a few live aboard dive companies, of which The Smiling Seahorse and Aladdin Dive Safari are best known for their consistent tour schedule and various dive tours. You can also join dive tours to the remote and fantastic dive sites of the Mergui Archipelago in Burma. The dive season runs yearly from the end of October until May. You can also learn diving or enhance you diving skills while joining a Padi Dive Course at the dive centres in Ranong. Some courses are also given during the live aboard dive tours.

Local products

Ranong is renowned for its preserved seafood such as dried shrimp, shrimp paste, as well as cashew nut and dumplings.

Cruising along the Kra Buri River Fishing and Diving at Mu Koh Kam  Ranong is also the point of departure for great diving holidays in Burma, Similan Islands and Surin Island. For more details go to www.thesmilingseahorse.com Hiking in Mangrove Forests The mangrove forests along the shore, at the mouths of the rivers, and on islands, though covering a relatively small area of the province, are essential to the region's integrity and continued prosperity. The people of Ranong take pride in having some of the best preserved and protected mangrove forests in the country. Twenty five of the world's sixty-eight species of mangrove trees can be found in the province.

Elephant Riding  Near the hot springs in Raksawarin Public Park, there is a forest management unit responsible for protecting and maintaining the adjacent forest.

Cultural Exchange and Home stay Visit a local village to learn about the traditional way of life through community-based tourism.

Ranong Visa Run cont: Diving around Ranong