Ranong Travel Guide

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Ranong Things to Do


    A 15 minute sawngteaw ride will take you a few kms out of town to the port where you can wonder around and observe the boats when they offload their catch. when we were there many sea snakes had been caught. Don't know if the Thais eat them or export them.

  • Border crossing

    Many tourists use Ranong to do a border run and get another 15 day stay. To do this you'll need to take a boat from the jetty across the Pakchan river, which takes about 30 minutes. Don't forget your passport!

  • Hot Springs

    Ranong’s chief attractions include its hot springs and Raksawarin Park Arboretum. 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'. There are three natural spring pools. The...

  • Ranong Hot Springs

    The Ranong Hot Springs and Raksawarin Arboretum are about 2 kilometers east of Ranong and definately worth going to.These springs have been popular ever since King Rama V visited in 1890 and named the road to the springs “Chon Ra-u” which means hot water. This place is absolutely beautiful and it’s all free!!. There is a lovely lush green forest...

  • Punyaban Waterfall

    Punyaban Waterfall is only a 10 minute drive north of Ranong. It’s very easy to find as it’s about 20 feet from the road and has a huge sign. This waterfall is beautiful, it’s about 20 metres high and there are three levels surrounded by a lush green forest. The waterfall originates from small streams in the forest preservation area named La Un and...

  • Ton Phet Waterfall

    After lunch we headed for Ton Phet Waterfall, it took us ages to find this place, off the main road onto rough dirt tracks, talk about being out in the wilderness, I kept thinking what if we cant turn around at the end as in places the track was quite narrow. Eventually we came to the end of the track and there was some sort of small waterfall with...

  • Kra Isthmus

    The Kra Isthmus is the narrow land bridge which connects the Malay Peninsula and mainland Asia. It is a fantastic point to see the Malaysian Peninsulas narrowest point and to see Kra Buri River forming a beautiful natural boundary between Thailand and Myanmar. There is a nice viewpoint plus a lot of information at this site.We actually turned off...

  • A day or two at the Beach

    Koh Phayam is located 35 minutes ride by speed boat (or 2 hours by Normal Slow boat)This Tiny Island have population of just 500 peoples with some of the most beautiful beaches and lush green hills and lots Cashew Nuts Trees.With No Roads and No Cars, the environment is so quite and the air is so fresh, a perfect place to retreat. Best Mode of...

  • Khao Fa Chi

    Khao Fa Chi hill is located off of Highway 4 in Tambon Bang Kaew. The hill provides a great vantage point from which to see two rivers, the Kra Buri and the La-un converge. To reach Fa Chi hill turn left at kilometer 580 onto the paved road that has the sign Khao Fa Chi Communications Center posted on it, and continue for three kilometers. Two...

  • Phra Khayang Cave

    Today we are heading north of Ranong to find the Phra Khayang Cave. Legend has it that the Governor of Kraburi took his son to this cave, tied him to an easel and left him there to die because the boy had an affair with his stepmother.This beautiful cave was easy to find but as soon as we got out of the car the stench of bat urine hit us, it was so...

  • Ngao Waterfall

    We first noticed this waterfall on the way to Ranong, it was a trickle spilling over the mountain way off in the distance.However when we were returning to Phuket it had turned into a massive torrent, the photos do not do it justice - it is huge. Next trip we would like to go right to the top of this massive waterfall.The area is also home to a...

  • Enjoy the Hot springs

    Ranong is famous for two things:It is close to the border of Burma, where a lot of tourists or immigrants go when their visa is running out to renew it - this is called "Visa Run".And then we have here the hot springs.Some hotels have real Spas and indoor pools with water from the springs. But there are also public places where you can go bathing...


Ranong Hotels

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  • Buffalo Bay Vacation Club

    51/3 Ao Kao Kwai, Ko Payam, Ranong, 85000, Thailand

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Solo

  • Tinidee Hotel Ranong

    41/144 Tamuang Road, Tambol Kao Nives, Amphur Muang, Ranong, 85000, Thailand

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Jansom Beach Resort Ranong

    135 Moo 5, Tambol Paknam, Amphur Muang, Ranong, Thailand

Ranong Restaurants

  • Coffee anyone?

    Early Morning, feel the fresh sea breez from Andman Sea and Enjoy the Coffee. 25 Bhat, as many cup you like. They will give you a flask of hot water and Coffee/Sugar/Milk in pots.

  • 69 Baht Buffet Restaurant

    This fantastic little restaurant is on Highway 4 which is the main road through Ranong. The restaurant is on the left had side of the road just before the turn off to the Hot Springs, that is if you are heading north.The name of the restaurant is in Thai but it is easy to find as it is pretty big.We actually called in there earlier in the day for a...

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Ranong Nightlife

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    Ranong March Festival: Great children friendly entertainment

    by deeper_blue Written Mar 1, 2012

    Luckily I arrived at the start of the Ranong March festival. It was a really nice social atmosphere, lots of markets selling good quality items at reasonable prices. Music, Chinese lanterns in the sky. Highly recommended!

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Ranong Transportation

  • Motor Bike

    The Only Mode of Transpaortaion at Koh Phayam is either take Motor Bike TAXI (50 to 70 Baht per trip) or Rent one until you stay there.200 Baht per Day Plus Fuel (they will give you tank full and on return you will also have to fill it up) many shops sell Benzine (Red Color) for 50 Baht per liter.I had rented a bike for 2 days and di dnot used it...

  • Speed Boat & Slow Boat

    To get to the Kho Chang and Koh Phayam you have 2 options1. Speed Boat, 15 to 20 passangers. Takes 30 to 40 minutes and cost TB350.00 Two Trips Daily From Ranong to Koh Phayam at 10.00 and 12.00 From Koh Phayam to Ranong 09.00 and 13.00 Tickets can be bought from any hotel, and from many stalls.2. Slow Boat, full of peoples and cargo. Takes 2...

  • Local Transport

    Sonthew Ply around from Bus Terminal to the Boat Peir.TB15.00 Fixed Charges to ~ from anywhere, can stop anywhere you want to get in & off.


Ranong What to Pack

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    The rainy season

    by deeper_blue Written Mar 1, 2012

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Ranong region has an 8 yes EIGHT month rainy season, you might want to invest in an umbrella or some protective clothing.

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Ranong Off The Beaten Path

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    koh phayam

    by laphanphon Written Oct 30, 2004

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    unspoiled, unglobalized thailand. about an hour from ranong. call vijit bungalows for direct booking. nice place, nice price, very good food. nice beach.

    crowded beach

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