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Visit Ranong and Andaman Fair Held in March, the Fair features exhibitions by various organizations, booth displays of travel agencies and folk sports activities.

Image Boat Procession and Races Held cooperatively by Thai and Burmese people during the first three days of the waning moon of the eleventh lunar month, the event features a Buddha image boat competition. Boats will be decorated to carry Buddha images and will float in procession along the Kra Buri River, near the Kra Isthmus, passing by riverside communities. There will be a boat song contest and boat races as well as other forms of entertainment in front of the Kra Buri District Office.


Laemson National Park is situated on the Andaman sea coast in Ranong and Phangnga provinces. It consists of about 60 km of coastline and 15 islands. The park was established on 19th August 1983 by royal decree. The park covers a total area of 315 sq.km, of this area 85% is open water. The park is the 12th Marine National Park of Thailand and is its 6th largest. The coastal section stretches from Ao Ang Mountain (264 m) in the North to Pak Triam Mountain (155 m) in the South. The coastal section of the park extends inland about 2 km, but in several places stretches no further than high water mark. All the parks islands are situated near shore, the furthest being 12 km offshore. These islands are un spoilt with no permanent habitation although they occasionally act as a refuge for fishing boats during monsoon storms.

Coastal Environment, The sea around the islands and offshore is rich in marine life with many habitats present including; coral reefs, open water, sea grass beds, mangrove swamp, estuarine and beach. The park includes some very important nursery grounds for economically important species.  Their preservation ensuring continued supply in the Andaman sea offshore fisheries. Due to the proximity of the shore the water in the park is very often turbid with sediment thus restricting coral growth to a few locations in the park. The best coral occurs at the northern end of Kam Archipelago, but these reefs are very stunted compared to the corals present offshore at nearby Mu Ko Surin National Park.

The landscape is rocky of kang krajarn in the tanaosri rocky group. The shore area of the national park is notched and deep sea, not very far from the shore it is just like a sinking area, thus all along the sea sides are quite narrow with quite a number of small short streams from the upper inland flow out to the Andaman sea. These rivers and canals have cumulated some dirt at the estuary and sea shores, thus the areas along the sea shores nearby the estuary area and the canals are covered up with mangrove forest. Areas next to the opened sea, the shores are quite muddy and sometimes dunes might be found during low tide.


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