The 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 narrowest.
The Kra Isthmus, the narrowest part of the Malayan Peninsula is located here. Ranong i
s 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 (Chumphon).
West- Connects with Ko Song (Myanmar) and Indian Ocean.

Distances from Ranong city to:

nearby Provinces
- Chumphon    122 kms.
- Ta Kua Pa    174 kms.
- Surat Thani   223 kms.
- Phuket         300 kms.
its districts
- Amphoe Kra Buri                57 kms.
- Amphoe La Un                   43 kms.
- Amphoe Ka Poe                 52 kms.
- King Amphoe Suk Samran   85 kms.

How to get there

By car
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.

By bus
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. (077) 811-548.

By air
Bangkok Airways has daily flight to Ranong. Call Bangkok Airways office in Bangkok at tel. 229-3434 for more information and reservation.

Information provided by Tourism Authority of Thailand

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