Ranong is the first southern province on the western coast, located 568 kilometres 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 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 unspoilt mangrove forests.

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The hot springs rise beside the Klong Hat Sompen River at Wat Tapotaram and are channeled into 3 concrete, round tubs called Father, Mother, and Child at the nearby Raks awarin. Here, the hot springs are surrounded by forest and leisure pavilions and bathing rooms are available. With a constant water temperature of 65 degrees Celsius (150 degrees Fahrenheit), it is too hot for bathing. People believe the water, due to its unusually high sulfur content, is beneficial to the health.

A short walk down the river, people can enjoy the hot springs at a more relaxing temperature and luxurious accommodations at the Jansom Thara Spa Resort. The hotel cooled the hot water to a more bearable temperature of 42 degrees Celsius (110 degrees Fahrenheit).

The Had (beach) Chan Damri located near the Kra Buri River offers a panoramic view of Victoria Point, a Burmese town with reasonably priced local products and souvenirs, and the perfect place to watch picturesque sunsets.

Interested in visiting a pearl farm and a sea gypsy village? Then go to Phayam Island, slightly more than 2 hours boatride from the provincial city. Nearby are Sin Hai Island and Chang Island which are suitable for game-fishing, scuba diving, and snorkeling.

If you want to do some trekking and wildlife viewing, head on to Laem Son National Park which is covered with hilly coastlines of pristine beaches, mangrove swamps, and rainforests. The park also contains roughly 20 offshore islands with remote beaches and coral reefs, including Koh Kam Yai, Koh Kang Kao, and Koh Kam Noi.

Mainland beaches include Prapas and Laem Son. The Bang Baen Beach is famous for its lengthy beach with fine sands and prolific seashells.

Ranong boasts of several scenic waterfalls, spectacular viewpoints of the Andaman Sea and a diversity of wildlife at the 480-sq. km. Khlong Nakha Wildlife Sanctuary. Naturalists will love finding more than 40 bird species and animals such as wild boars and black, giant squirrels.

The narrowest point of the Malay Peninsula is at Ban Tub Lee District at the Kra Bottleneck. The distance between the western coast and the eastern coast is only 44 km. A sign has been erected to denote the point as the narrowest section of the peninsula and is a popular picture spot.

The Ranong Founding Father's Cemetery contains the remains of the city's first ruler and is situated on the side of a small hill facing south. The vast area of land in front of the cemetery is laid out with a stony surface and there are 2 ancient stone guardians on either side of the cemetery. Adjacent to that are 2 huge granite columns. The streetfront of the cemetery contains a granite sign depicting the history and greatness of the first ruler of Rayong, Phraya Dumrong Sucharit Mahisornpakdi.

The Punyaban Waterfalls is a multi-tiered small fall. The lowest level, with a height of 15 meters, is visible from the main road.

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