Ranong is the capital of the province holding the same name. It lies on the west coast of Thailand 364 miles (586km) southwest of Bangkok and very close to the Myanmar (Burma). The backdrop to this sleepy backwater is mountainous with lush jungle. The area is the wettest in Thailand, and the jungle and vegetation reflect this. It’s not a tourist hot spot but has some lovely beaches, coastal mangroves, and waterfalls.
Its proximity to the border means most tourists come to skip over to Burma and back to refresh their visas. Essentially a port town, this is the only place you can leave from to access the Burma Banks and the Mergui Archipelago. The small and rustic island of Koh Phayam lies 21 miles (35km) offshore.
If you like your water even hotter than the ocean, then head to the hot springs. Consider extending your ocean safari to include the Similan and Surin Islands.
Ranong Airport is 14 miles (23km) south of the city. Flights from Bangkok only run from Don Muang Airport.
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