""Ranong" Wetest Place of Thailand" Ranong by explore_discover

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Despite being a small province, Ranong is abundant with natural attractions; the sea, islands, mountains, forests, waterfalls, mangroves forests. Yet, it is barely known among overseas tourists.

This lush and rainy province bordering southern Myanmar, Ranong has among its attractions hot springs and stunning marine parkland. Indeed, this province offers a lot more than just another coastal province.

One of the charming characteristics of Ranong is its picturesque scenery along the road. Khao Fa Chi (Fa Chi Mountain) offers a majestic viewpoint of Ranong’s verdant landscape. Located about 30 kilometres from Ranong town, the viewpoint at the peak of Khao Fa Chi is about 259 metres above the sea level and reached by road. From there, you can see the La Un River draining into the Andaman Sea. The peak is also the location of Khao Fa Chi Telecommunication Centre. It is worth a visit especially for a sunset watch.

Bordering southern Myanmar and 600 kilometres south of Bangkok, mountainous Ranong Province receives more rain than elsewhere in Thailand, covering it in lush greenery.

Ranong town began as a Chinese Hokkien settlement, and this is evident from its older architecture. One example is Nai Khai Ranong, the former home of Koh Su Chiang, a Hokkien governor of Ranong during the reign of King Chulalongkorn (Rama V). Situated in the north of the town, only one of the three original structures still exists. Now a clan house and shrine exhibiting relics of the Koh clan, it is open to visitors.

The main trade of Ranong is the Fishing and the prcoessing of Cashew Nuts. An increasing number of travellers are showing up specifically to dive the spectacular Burma Banks, 60km north of the Surin Islands. A number of dive operators have established themselves in Ranong (which does lend the city a bit of an expat feel), using it as a jumping-off point for live-aboard trips to the aforementioned Burma Banks.

The nearby island of Koh Payam is also main attraction of local and foreighn tourists although the rainy season just started limiting the numbers of visitors. The beach is very clean and very less crwody, there are number of hotels and cottages are set up providing cheap but very comfortable accomodation.

  • Last visit to Ranong: Apr 2009
  • Intro Updated Apr 18, 2009
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