Just across the broad Chan River estuary lies the southern end of Myanmar and
the trading village of Victoria Point, called Kawthaung by the Burmese and Ko
Song ('Two Islands") by the Thais for a pair of offshore islands. The passage
is also sprinkled with dozens of islands that serve as trading posts for
At present, formal border facilities are still in the planning stages and
foreigners are not allowed to continue further into Myanmar. How ever,
visitors are permitted to visit Victoria Point and other Burmese islands on
organized tours from Ranong.
The easiest and least expensive method is on the speedboat JS Queen operated by
the Jan som Thara Hotel. The full-day tour ($30) de parts from Chandamri
Beach, 10 km northwest of town, and arrives at the Victoria Point market in
about 30 minutes. After an hour of shopping and exploring the small Chinese
-Burmese tem ple, the boat continues over to the pearl farms and sea gypsy
village on Ko Phayam. Political conditions are quickly changing in Myanmar and it may be possible in
the near future to conduct self-guided tours from Ranong at far lower cost.