Road to Ao Yai and Ao Kwai, just in front of the pier.

Road to Ao Yai and Ao Kwai, just in front of the pier.

Road to Ao Yai and Ao Kwai, just in front of the pier.


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At the Thai part of the Andaman Sea's northern crest, the town of Ranong is Thailand's southern gateway to Burma. Although its ageing buildings and border outpost feel often give travellers mixed first impressions, anyone who takes the time to explore the town's lush natural surrounds and distinct mix of cultures will notice Ranong's charm.

Aside from being a port town with boats launching daily for the nearby islands of Ko Chang and Ko Phayam along with Burma, the Ranong area boasts some of Thailand's best natural hot springs, a couple of under-rated national parks, and some winding roads through pristine mountains covered in jungle. Thailand's wettest province, Ranong receives 4,200mm of rain annually with the rainy months from May to October seeing the brunt of it. Nobody likes a rainy day — especially when travelling — but Ranong's precipitation ... Read our complete Ranong travel guide

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Back trails, Ko Chang Noi, Ranong province, Southern Thailand Southern end of Ao Yai in front of Big Tree Bungalows Khopayam Resort. The view may not be as nice once the wall gets built North Ao Khao Kwai, beach sometimes disappears at high tide Ao Ko Kyu and Lublae bar, low tide Road to Ao ko Kyu Strange tree at Archanpan's place Ao Mook has nice sand and the sea is always deep enough to swim Ao Hin Khow Ao Hin Khow at low tide Lady removing the shells from cashew nuts Taking cashew nuts out of their shells Bye bye Phayam Northern beach Ao Khao kwai, looking across the bay to southern part of the beach Tang Tong Bungalows, near the northern end of North Ao Kwai The river between Baan Suan Kayoo2 and Tang Tong Bungalows, high tide Bliss. Seating area Beach in front of Jansom Resort has some rocks Tourist from Bluesky Resort getting driven to the pier Flotsam and Jetsam on Ao Hin Khao Archanapan. Very basic but the most ecologic of the ecologic resorts..no electricity unless you really need it. Hornbill on Ko Phayam Beach in front of Vijits Ao Yai, middle section looking south, with a few waves Ao Yai southern end of the beach looking north Tree frog on my fan Kaw Thaung and long tail Beach in front of Vijits south Ao Khao Kwai beach Beach in front of Buffalo Bay Resort, high tide Fishing boats off Ao Yai View of south beach from Khao Kwai Hill platform South Ao Khao Kwai. Crabs like roving wilderbeast at low tide View of St Matthew's Island (Burma) from Khao Kwai  Hill Resort restaurant Rock formation photo Khao Kwai Hill beach Cashew nut fruits Ko Phayam Payam Cottage Resort. Hippy Bar, north Ao  Khao Kwai Nice view but no direct beach access Payam Cottage Resort. Kids play area Mountain Resort, Ao Kwai Another tree frog Ao Yai middle section looking north Payam Cottage Resort restaurant and their jetski. It's the only one on the island Ao Kwang Peeb. View from the fisherman's hut bungalow Luggage on the speedboat Thai fishing boats in Ranong Ao Kwang Peeb Resort. The beach at Ao Kwang Peeb South Ao Khao Kwai, in front of Vijits, Payam Cottages day trippers