Ranong Travel Guide - Hin Talu at Koh Phayam (Phayam Island)
The iconic Hin Talu at Koh Phayam (Phayam Island) – Ranong Travel Guide

Introduction to Ranong Travel Guide

Ranong is a southern Thai province on the west coast of the Andaman Sea. The province had the lowest population of any Thai province. Chumphon, Surat Thani, and Phang Nga are the provinces that border Ranong. To the west, the province shares borders with Kawthaung, Myanmar.

During the Ayutthaya period, Ranong province was a deputy town of Chumphon. Chumphon was shielded from Burma by this little, hilly town. The population was quite low until the discovery of tin, which attracted people from all over the world to Ranong to do business. This also gave origin to the name Ranong, which was a distorted version of ‘Rae Nong’, which means ‘full of minerals’.

The province is blessed with hot springs and beautiful mangrove forests despite its small size. There are numerous notable hot springs just outside of Ranong city center, where many first-class hotels serve guests wanting to benefit from the medical properties of the mineral waters. Koh Phayam island is well-known for its white-sand beaches and as a location for cashew nut production.

Table of Contents

How to get to Ranong

Map of Ranong Province

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Top Attractions in Ranong

Hin Talu at Ko Phayam

Koh Phayam

A tranquil island part of Laem Son National Park, known for its lengthy white sand beaches.

Ranong Travel Guide - Koh Kam Tok

Koh Kam Tok

A small island known for its beautiful Buffalo Bay.

Khao Fa Chi Viewpoint

A breathtaking view of Kraburi and the La-Un River at sunset.

Raksawarin Hot Springs and Public Park

Raksawarin Hot Springs and Public Park

A public park with a variety of wellness activities available, including hot spring baths.

Wat Baan Ngao

Wat Baan Ngao (Wat Ban Ngaw)

A well-known temple in Ranong that houses the world’s largest tin-made Buddha statue.

Namtok Ngao National Park

Namtok Ngao National Park

A national park famed for its beautiful Ngao waterfall.

Side Trips

External Resources

Ranong Travel Guide - Koh Kam Tok
An amazing view at Koh Kam Tok – Ranong Travel Guide

Summary of Ranong Travel Guide

Ranong is drawing an increasing number of visitors, owing largely to a border crossing with Burma that is now completely accessible for inland travel into either country. Ranong has a variety of natural attractions, including hot springs and relatively untouched mangrove forests. Ranong is also the starting point for trips to the neighboring Thai islands such as Koh Phayam, which are both exceptionally laid-back. Still cannot decide where to visit? Please do not be hesitant to explore other destinations in Thailand:

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