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How to get to Ranong Province… A small border town with limited tourist influence and still quaintly Thai. Border access via boat to Kawthoung in Myanmar allows visas to be renewed. Ranong is the first southern province on the western coast, located 568 km from Bangkok. It is also known for the long rainy period, which lasts for 8 months each year. Ranong occupies an area of 3,298 square kilometres, with the Kra Isthmus which is the narrowest part of the Malay Peninsula, and is bordered by Myanmar and the Indian Ocean to the west. Within its compact area, Ranong contains various natural attractions and is blessed with hot springs and un spoilt mangrove forests.

Car  Ranong can be reached from Bangkok by taking Highway No. 4 via Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan and Chumphon, a total distance of 568 kilometres.

Bus Both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses depart from Bangkok's Southern Bus Terminal to Surat Thani everyday for the about 8-hour trip. For a current schedule and further information, please call the Southern Bus Terminal at Tel: 0 2435 1199, 0 2435 1200 or the Ranong Bus Station at Tel: 0 7781 1548 or visit www.transport.co.th

Air There is Thai Air Asia fly to Ranong 3 flights per week at Tuesday Friday and Sunday contact call centre 0 2515 9999 or website www.airasia.com .

Rail.  There is no train operate in Ranong. Visitors wishing to travel by train should take the train to Chumphon train station. Then catch a bus from Chumphon - Ranong for a distance of around 122 km.

By boat  Hundreds of long tail boats connect Ranong with Kawthoung in Myanmar, and take about 20 minutes to cross. They can be chartered individually or shared with other travellers and/or locals.

Hourly boats ( a little larger, also taking about 20 minutes )  ferry gamblers to and from Thahtay Kyun, a small island adjacent to Kawthoung where the Andaman Club casino and golf resort has its own immigration facilities.

TRANSPORT FROM RANONG TO NEIGHBOURING PROVINCES  There are Local buses usually air-conditioned vehicle to travel to neighbouring provinces as follows;

Ranong - Chumphon distance 122 km. Ranong - Hat Yai distance 508 km. Ranong - Takauwpa distance 174 km.

Ranong - Surat Thani 223 km's distance. Ranong - Takauwpa - Phuket 300 km's distance. Ranong - Krabi distance 318 km.

Ranong - Nakhon Si Thammarat 356 km's distance.