A vibrant industry has emerged around this immigration outpost since the war in Burma had come to an end.
The visa express tour manager had organized all the action and for the Western passengers so that it had only been a few minutes delay. None of the visa package tour customers had to climb up and it had not even been clear, why the ferry had to stop at this peculiar checkpoint.
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After a few minutes out of Ranong the ferry stops at another much more busy checkpoint.
For Western tourists it is definitely an interesting experience to go on this entertaining Myanmar visa run, which is worth every THB.