“The small town of Ranong is the capital of the province of the same name in south-western Thailand. It is located on the estuary of the Kraburi River, opposite the Burmese town of Kawthoung. Ranong offers a range of activities of interest to travellers including fishing, trekking and elephant rides. Diving in the beautiful Surin Islands and Similan Islands is a major draw. Further activities include visits to the area’s well-preserved mangrove forests and hot springs.

Frequent bus services operate from Ranong to Bangkok, Phuket, Surat Thani and various destinations within Phang Nga province. Travel time from Bangkok’s Southern bus terminal is about nine hours. Regular buses and mini-buses are available.

Departing every hour, mini-buses run to Chumphon (two hours) which can be reached from Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong station by an overnight express service. Buses to and from Ranong stop some distance out of town; songthaews are available to drop travellers off anywhere within the town. The best way to secure onward travel is via online booking.

Services in Ranong range from banks and restaurants to hotels. Other places of interest close to the town include Bald Hill, Ranong Canyon and various waterfalls. Places to stay include Sunny Lodge, the Farm House Hotel and Kiwi Orchid.”