Thinking of visiting Ranong in Thailand? Ranong is one of Thailand’s southern provinces, on the west coast along the Andaman Sea.
It has dense forests and lush agricultural lands cover much of the province and there are numerous islands, big and small, off the coastline.
- Quick Information on Thailand
- Where is Ranong Thailand
- The Best Time To Visit Ranong
- Fun Things To Do in Ranong
- Explore Ngao National Park
- See The Rakswarin Hot Springs
- Visit Porn Rang Hot Springs
- Explore Koh Phayam
- Visit Ao Yai Beach
- Explore Ngao Mangrove Forest Research Centre
- Visit Rattanarangsan Palace
- Visit Punyaban Waterfall
- Where To Stay in Ranong Thailand
- Wrapping Up
Ranong has a strong Burmese influences that are visible in the province. There is a great outdoor activities and exploring that makes this a great place for anyone to visit.
Quick Information on Thailand
- Currency: Thai Baht
- Language: Thai
- Population: Over 68 million
- Capital City: Bangkok
- Best time to visit Thailand: Visit Northern Thailand is between November to February with temperature rises up to 33 degrees. And southern Thailand is between November and March.
- How to get there: You can enter by land or Sea through Cambodia, Laos, and Malaysia. Or fly into Thailand as there are flights to most major cities in Thailand.
Where is Ranong Thailand
Ranong is located is one of Thailand’s southern provinces on the west coast along the Andaman Sea and is near the Myanmar border.
The Best Time To Visit Ranong
Ranong has an average temperature of between 29°C to 33°C all year round. With the coolest months been between June to August. The rainy season lasts for around eight months of the year.
The best time to visit Ranong is from December to February as is the peak time to visit.
Fun Things To Do in Ranong
Ranong is able to cater for all budgets and you’ll be amazed by its range of things to do on the island.
Explore Ngao National Park
Ngao National Park is about 13 km south of Ranong town. It offers on fantastic and spectacular waterfall that plunges 300 meters down a hillside rockface.
It is visible from the road but is even better from inside the park, whether at the park or closer up at the base of the falls. And is about a 500 meter walk to see Ngao Waterfall.
It costs 100 baht for non-Thais and 40 baht for Thais to enter the park.
See The Rakswarin Hot Springs
The Rakswarin Hot Springs are well maintained and clean especially considering that these are public facilities and they are free.
The Hot Springs consists of various pools where you can immerse just your legs, sit or lie in the water. The temperatures of pools vary with the hottest being 40 degrees C.
There is also a fenced-off area that has an entrance fee 40 baht. It buys you change rooms, lockers and other facilities are available.
The free section doesn’t have changing rooms and the public toilet is about 100m away
Visit Porn Rang Hot Springs
Porn Rang hot springs are fairly close to Ngao National Park. The hot springs are naturally heated water baths. And you can go for a swim in the river to cool down between soaks.
The springs are surrounded by the natural scenery. With all the facilities are well maintained. You will need to bring a towel as there is none to rent.
There are male and female changing rooms plus showers close to the hot pools.
There is an entrance fee of 100 baht for non-Thais and 20 baht for Thais. With the entry fee, you are also able to visit the Ngao waterfall for free.
Explore Koh Phayam
Koh Phayam is a small island in the Andaman Sea. It is roughly about 35 km from Ranong. Like most islands in Thailand is has a laid back vibe to it.
Koh Phayam has awesome beaches and bars making it a great place to relax and get away and just spend some time on quiet beaches.
Visit Ao Yai Beach
This beach is a very long sandy beach, roughly about 3 km long. It was the white sand and clear blue water been surrounded by the green forest that gives you that real tropical feeling.
The beach vibe is relaxed plus it is also a good spot for surfing. And there is wonderful sunsets to enjoy and a nice bars along the beach.
Explore Ngao Mangrove Forest Research Centre
The Ngao Mangrove Forest is a World Biological Sanctuary Zone by UNESCO. This is home to many species of marine life and protects there offspring until there are strong enough to face the open sea.
There are guided forest walks tours provided by the center. Just can be completed in around 30 minutes and after that don’t forget the viewpoints.
While walking you will also meet monkeys. And do be careful around monkeys they will steal your bag, phone, wallet or whatever while the park officials ‘shoo’ the monkeys away.
Visit Rattanarangsan Palace
Rattanarangsan Palace was built for the fifth King of Thailand, Rama V. The original throne hall was dismantled and replaced by the city hall and then the new provincial hall was built in 2002.
Today, it is now the site of the town hall and also operates as a small museum about the history of Ranong and open for public from Wednesday to Sunday.
The museum features reconstructions of bedrooms and recreational areas, the main hall, and information boards. There is an entrance fee of 100 baht for non-Thais and 20 baht for Thais.
Visit Punyaban Waterfall
Punyaban Waterfall is easy to reach from Ranong. The waterfall itself is about 10-15 meters high.
With water being crystal clear, that you can see the bottom. Great place to jump into the fresh cool water if only to escape the heat.
No hiking is required to admire the falls which sit next to the road. You can enjoy walks in nature and relax on the rocks.
If you want to hike the nature trail, you have to pay 100 baht for non-Thais and 20 baht for Thais.
Where To Stay in Ranong Thailand
Ranong has a limited of guest houses, hostels, and hotels. Here are a few places to check out if you are planning to visit Ranong Thailand.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits your interests while traveling.
The Iconic Hotel Ranong
Rating 8.9, Prices start from $46 for Double room
The Iconic Hotel Ranong facilities includes a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi.
The rooms in the hotel are equipped with a flat-screen TV with private bathroom is fitted with a shower, a hairdryer and free toiletries.
Baan Yamoo Ranong
Rating 8.9, Prices start from $41 for Double room
Baan Yamoo Ranong facilities include a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and room service, along with free WiFi. Rooms come with air conditioning, a flat-screen TV, a fridge, a shower, and a desk.
The Hidden Resort
Rating 8.9, Prices start from $87 for Double room
The Hidden Resort air-conditioned room features a flat-screen TV, coffee machine and minibar. Shower facilities and bathtub are included in an en suite bathroom. Offers free Wi-Fi throughout the property.
Finally, there is interesting things to do in Ranong Thailand particularly for outdoors stuff.All you have to do is to choose the activities you prefer and start enjoying what Ranong has to offer.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the things to do in Ranong Thailand has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.