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Ranong is the first southern province on the western coast, located 568 kilometres from Bangkok. It is known for the long rainy period, which lasts for 8 months each year. Ranong occupies an area of 3,298 square kilometres and is bordered by Myanmar and the Indian Ocean to the west. Within its compact area, Ranong contains various natural attractions and is blessed with hot springs and unspoiled mangrove forests.

A mountainous and heavily forested province, Ranong is best known as a fishing and trading port.  It was settled by the Hokkian Chinese, and their strong influence is evident in the town.  Ranong town is a gateway to Myanmar, with colourful longboats ferrying produce and people across the narrow divide that separates the two countries.  The traffic is even heavier these days since a casino opened at Victoria Point. The famous hot springs are just outside of town, where an arboretum and various first-class hotels cater to visitors eager to benefit from the medicinal properties of the mineral waters.

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Ngao Mangrove Forest Research Centre

Attraction Details :

Ngao Mangrove Forest Research Centre is located some 19 km. from Ranong, southward along Highway 4 between Km. 626-627, with a right turn into an asphalt road for another 5 km. near the Ngao Sub-district Municipality Office. The Ngao Mangrove Forest Research Centre is the birthplace and home for young offspring of many species of marine life before they are strong enough to live on their own in the open sea. Hence, it has been declared a World Biosphere Reserve Zone by UNESCO. A guided trek of the Centre’s flora and fauna along the 2-km. nature trail is provided. Arrangements can be made by writing to the Chief of the Ngao Mangrove Forest Research Centre at 185 Mu 4, Ban Lang, Tambon Ngao, Amphoe Mueang Ranong, Ranong 85000, Tel. 0 7784 8392.

How to get there :

By Car

It is located some 19 km. from Ranong, southward along Highway 4 between Km. 626-627, with a right turn into an asphalt road for another 5 km. near the Ngao Sub-district Municipality Office.

Ranong Nature and Wildlife

Hat Chan Damri

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Located about nine kilometres from downtown Ranong along Highway No. 4004 (Ranong-Pak Nam) or 8 kilometres from the Ranong Governor’s Grave, this small beach and pier

Laem Son National Park

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Declared a national park in 1983, Laem Son is a coastal park that extends out to include a number of islands.

Hot Springs and Raksawarin Public Park

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Located about 2 kilometres east of the provincial office, the hot springs have been a popular tourist spot ever since King Rama V visited Ranong in 1890, and named the road to the hot springs ‘Chon Ra-u’, meaning ‘hot water’.

Koh Chang

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Ko Chang is a large island covering an area of approximately 18 sq. km. located 20 km. from downtown Ranong and 4 km. from Ko Phayam. The island is inhabited by some 80 households whose main occupations are cashew – one of the country’s best varieties – para rubber plantations, and coastal fishery. There is also a processed agricultural produce centre operated by the Ko Chang Housewife Group producing wine from cashew flesh and various cashew nut products. Ko Chang is the habitat of a flight of a small variety of hornbill: the oriental pied hornbills that fly between Ko Chang and nearby islands. As the inhabitants of Ko Chang never catch nor hunt them, the hornbills are familiar with humans and tame and easily encountered, except for the period of March – April when they nest and take care of their chicks. Various activities are available on Ko Chang; such as, trekking to hilltop viewpoints, sightseeing biking, herbal steam at Wat Ko Chang, hornbill watching, and fishing for various fish like grouper, sea perch, and spanish mackerel. Accommodation is available. Please visit www.kohchang-ranong.com for more details.

To get there: Ko Chang is accessible by a long-tailed boat from the Chao Ko Pier, Saphan Pla Road (the entrance to the pier is next to the Pak Nam Police Station). There are 3 boats leaving for Ko Chang at 9.30 a.m., 12.00 a.m., 2.00 p.m., and 2 boats on the return trip at 7.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. The boat trip takes 1 hour and costs Bt 200 each. A chartered boat for approximately 20 passengers costs Bt 4,000 – 4,500.

How to get there :

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boats can be chartered from the Ranong Pier. The island can be reached within 1 hour by long-tail boat.

Koh Phayam

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Two hours by boat from the Ranong Pier, Koh Phayam is famous for both its long fine white sandy beaches and for the cashew nuts which are grown on the island.

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To get to Ko Phayam, visitors can charter boats from Ranong Pier for about 1,000 baht per trip. Visitors can also charter speedboats from Ko Phayam Resort. Prices range from 2,000 to 4,000 baht, depending on the size of the boat. Reservations can be made by calling 0 7781 2297, 0 1323 0436

Victoria Point or Ko Song

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As an island in neighbouring Myanmar, Ko Song offers visitors a variety of local products, souvenirs such as wicker basketry and lacquerware, and gems.

How to get there :

By Other

The boat ride to Victoria Point takes about 15 minutes each way and costs between 200 and 300 baht. Before embarking on this excursion

Khao Fa Chi

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Named because of its resemblance to a traditional Thai food cover, Fa Chi hill is located off of Highway No. 4 in Tambon Bang Kaeo. The hill provides an excellent vantage from which to see two rivers, the Kra Buri and the La-un, converge. The many river islands formed where these two rivers meet makes the scenery fascinating to behold. Sunsets are often breathtaking. To reach Fa Chi hill, turn left at Km. 580 onto the paved road, and continue for three kilometres. Two kilometres further, near the bridge which crosses the La-un River, history buffs will find the remains of a Japanese military based complete with a warship wrecks, underground tunnels and the remains of a railway line. Japanese soldiers used this area as a port of sending support to Burma during the Second World War.
Phu Khao Ya (Grass Hill)

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Known to local residents by a variety of names and endearingly referred to as Thailand’s version of a Swiss pasture, this hill, located in Tambon Ngao on Highway No.4 (Ranong-Phang-nga) about twelve kilometres from downtown Ranong, is something of an anomaly as it is completely treeless, being covered instead by a thick blanket of grass. Numerous walking trails and good vantage points offering unbroken views of the countryside make this hill the most popular in Ranong.

Laem Son National Park

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Declared a national park in 1983, Laem Son is a coastal park that extends out to include a number of islands.

Namtok Ngao National Park

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Located in Tambon Ngao in the vicinity of Khlong Phrao National Park, the steep Ngao Waterfall can be seen from a great distance away because of its commanding height.

How to get there :

By Other

From Ranong, take Highway No.4 (Ranong-Ratchakrut) for approximately 13 kilometres, then turn left for another 2 kilometres to the headquarters.

Ngao Mangrove Forest Research Centre

Attraction Details :

Ngao Mangrove Forest Research Centre is located some 19 km. from Ranong, southward along Highway 4 between Km. 626-627, with a right turn into an asphalt road for another 5 km. near the Ngao Sub-district Municipality Office. The Ngao Mangrove Forest Research Centre is the birthplace and home for young offspring of many species of marine life before they are strong enough to live on their own in the open sea. Hence, it has been declared a World Biosphere Reserve Zone by UNESCO. A guided trek of the Centre’s flora and fauna along the 2-km. nature trail is provided. Arrangements can be made by writing to the Chief of the Ngao Mangrove Forest Research Centre at 185 Mu 4, Ban Lang, Tambon Ngao, Amphoe Mueang Ranong, Ranong 85000, Tel. 0 7784 8392.

How to get there :

By Car

It is located some 19 km. from Ranong, southward along Highway 4 between Km. 626-627, with a right turn into an asphalt road for another 5 km. near the Ngao Sub-district Municipality Office.

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