first Southern province bordering the Indian Ocean is Ranong,
located some 568 kms. from Bangkok. Ranong is very famous even
though it is very small occupying an area of only 3,298 square
kilometers, because it is Thailand's rainiest province, and also its
The Kra Isthmus, the narrowest part of the Malayan Peninsula is
located here. Ranong is
a long narrow plot of land extending 169 kms. from north to south,
and only 9m kms. at its narrowest. Most of the province is
rainforested mountains bordering on Chumphon to the north, Surat
Thani and Phangnga to the south, Chumphon to the east and Myanmar to
the northwest. Ranong is administratively divided into four Amphoes
and one King Amphoe Amphoe Muang, Kra Brui, Kapoe, La-un and King
Amphoe Suk Samran.
North- Connects which Amphoe Tha Sae (Chumphon) and Myanmar.
South- Connects with Amphoe Khirirat Nikom (Surat Thani) and Amphoe
Khura Buri (Phang Nga).
East- Connects with Amphoe Muang, Amphoe Sawi and Amphoe Pha To
West- Connects with Ko Song (Myanmar) and Indian Ocean.
Ranong city to:
- Chumphon 122 kms.
- Ta Kua Pa 174 kms.
- Surat Thani 223 kms.
- Phuket 300
- Amphoe Kra Buri
- Amphoe La Un
- Amphoe Ka Poe
- King Amphoe Suk Samran 85 kms.
How to get there
From Bangkok take Highway No.35 (Thonburi-Paktho Route) for 90
kilometers and turn left to Highway No.4. Drive to Phetchaburi,
Prachuap Khirikhan and Chumphon. At Pathom Phon Intersection in
Chumphon, turn right to the direction to Ranong. The total distance
is 568 kilometers.
Non air-conditioned buses and air-conditioned buses depart from the
Southern Bus Terminal on Borom Ratchonnani Road in Bangkok to Ranong
daily, taking 8 hours for the trip. For more information, please
call tel. 435-1199 (air-conditioned buses) and tel. 434-5557-8 (non
air-conditioned buses) or Ranong Bus Terminal on Ranong at tel.
Bangkok Airways has daily flight to Ranong. Call Bangkok Airways
office in Bangkok at tel. 229-3434 for more information and