TOP 5 attractions in Ranong

Far from the hurly-burly of Pattaya or Bangkok, Ranong is a discreet Thai city located by the Andaman Sea, near the very South of the Myanmar border. Discreet doesn’t mean uninspiring though, and people keen on relaxation, nature and well-being will find the place worth a 1 or 2 day stopover.

  1. The Hot Springs at Raksawarin: The Raksawarin Hot Springs are certainly the most famous attraction of the area. After a nice and short walk along the river, you will find a surprising site filled with natural hot water basins. A nice opportunity to chill and chit chat with locals who enjoy bathing there especially before and after work. Your body will thank you in the process since these particular ablutions are known to stimulate the blood flow and remineralisation. Definitely a perfect place to kill an hour or two before heading to the airport.

  2. Ngao Mangrove Forest Research Center : Nature lovers will also be interested in the Ngao Mangrove Forest Research Center. This site which has been declared a World Biosphere Reserve Zone by the UNESCO is located 19 km far from the city center of Ranong. This mangrove forest is the birthplace and home for young offspring of many species of marine life before they’re strong enough to live on their own in the open sea, and the Center provides guided treks along the 2-kilometer nature trail to discover its special fauna and flora and say hi to the many monkeys who live there. Note that it might be a good idea to book in advance if you want to visit this wonderful site.

  3. The Ngao Waterfall: Located in the same national park as the hot springs and the mangrove, Namtok Ngao National Park, you can also discover the Punyaban Waterfall. You may have noticed this stripe of white among the cliffs while on a boat between Ranong and one of the surrounding islands. An easy 5 minutes’ walk to the lower tiers of the waterfall will lead you along the water through a path of flowering trees until a nice stream at the foot of the falls full of crystal clear water, small fishes and crabs. While the flora is worth a visit any time of the year, the river may dry up between January and April.

  4. The food: A fine meal is the best way to end a nice day of visits in Ranong, and the culinary options are sure to please every palate. Make your choice between Thai style seafood at Kiang Le Restaurant, a pleasant place along the river with a view of the sunset over Myanmar, delicious and cheap Chinese food at O-Cha Dim Sum or Western and Thai dishes at the Farmhouse hotel. You might as well enjoy to take a dip at the B Hotel, an affordable budget hotel with two lively restaurants and its small pool on the rooftop. Finally, Thailand wouldn’t be Thailand without its fantastic street food. Taste it at its best every Saturday in Ruengrat Road from November to April during the “Walking Street”, where people come sell everything you can imagine on the sidewalks.

  5. Rattanarangsan Palace: ever wondered how Thai kings’ everyday life looked like during the 19th century? Perched atop a small hill in the town center, the Rattanarangsan Palace is a fairly accurate reproduction of the residence that was built for King Chulalongkorn in 1890 during his Malay Peninsula tour. It is also a museum where you can learn about Ranong’s history, see photos of the original palace and some antiques that will be explained to you in a perfect English.

Hotels: Tinidee Hotel, Ranong

The Tinidee Hotel is an institution in Ranong, a large and well-established hotel with decent rooms, well-trained staff and quality service. The hotel offers a pool, a spa as well as a gym and yoga classes. Located right in the city center, it's a great base to explore Ranong and the surrounding area.  

Burma Boating has a cooperation with the Tinidee Hotel. If you have to wait for flight connections before or after your trip, you can spend a few hours in the hotel, leave your luggage there and use the facilities and services at a rate especially discounted for Burma Boating's guests. Guests arriving via Ranong Airport will be brought to the hotel to freshen up and recharge. We will pick you up and bring you to the yacht just in tome for boarding.  

Rooms are about THB 1,500-2,000 or about USD 40-50.

41/144 Tamuang Road
Tambol Kao Nives, Amphur Muang
Ranong 85000
Phone: +66 (0) 7782 6003-6
E-mail: hotel@tinidee-ranong.com 
Website: www.tinideeranong.com 

Hotels: The Blue Sky Resort, Ranong

This is one of the best hotels in Ranong, located in natural surroundings by the sea, just outside the town center. The Blue Sky Resort is a great place for those who'd like to spend a relaxed night in Ranong before or after their cruise with us.

The small boutique hotel features a pool and a restaurant and their friendly staff offer excursions to the hot springs close by.  

Some guests told us that cell phone reception can be patchy, so the Blue Sky Resort might not work for you if you need to work or be connected. If you are looking for some peace and quiet, this is just the place for you.

Room rates are THB 4,000 for a forrest view suite and THB 8,000 for a sea view suite.  

The Blue Sky Resort, Ranong 

Hotels: The B, Ranong

The B in Ranong offers charming boutique accommodation in downtown Ranong, a 5-minute drive from Rattana Rangsan Palace. We like to recommend it, as it's a central, easy and convenient play to stay if you have to spend a night in transit in Ranong.

Besides its rooftop infinity pool it also has a large snooker bar and free Wi-Fi.The air-conditioned rooms feature both cool cement walls and bright bold colours. 

All come with a flat-screen TV minibar and personal safe. Free parking is provided, as well as laundry services and airport shuttles which are available upon request. The Bistro Restaurant serves a selection of Thai and European dishes. Guests can choose to dine outdoors.

Rooms are about 30-40 USD per night.


The B Ranong
Tel. +66 77 823 111


Ranong: Crossing the River to Kawthaung

If you plan to enter Myanmar from Thailand, you have to cross the border river separating the two countries. Most of our guests choose this route and it's really very easy. Here's a short step-by-step guide. You can also download our info sheet


1 - Drive to Ranong Longtail Pier (SaPhan Pla Jetty)

Take a taxi to the pier in Ranong, from which boats leave for Kawthaung. The car ride there from Phuket Airport usually takes 3-4 hours and should cost 4200 - 5000 Thai Baht. From Ranong Airport it takes about 30 minutes and costs approximately 500 Baht. The small pier is hidden behind the PTT petrol station, so don‘t be surprised. Here are the directions in Thai, in case you want to show them to your driver: 

กรุณาไปส่งที่   ท่าเทียบเรือ
ถนน เฉลิมพระเกียรติ  


2 - Border Checkpoint   

If you call us an hour before arrival, we will send a longtail boat over to pick you up. The driver will wait for you at the border checkpoint area with a sign in his hand.
First you have to go through Thai emigration and border control, just to your right inside the border checkpoint area. Right in front of to the emigration area is the longtail boat pier. The small and somewhat adventurous-looking boats there are the only means of transport to Kawthaung.
There will be a crowd of drivers waiting. If you rent a boat for yourself, the trip across the river will cost 400 to 500 Thai Baht. You can also hop onto a regular join-in longtail, in which case the fee should be about 50 Baht per person.

3 - Crossing the River

Crossing the river between Thailand and Myanmar takes 30 to 45 minutes. There are two more checkpoints along the way where the driver has to show your passport to customs officers. Usually you won‘t have to get off the boat.


4 - Arriving in Kawthaung, Myanmar

The longtail boats from Thailand arrive about 30-40 metres away from the Myanmar Immigration Pier (Myo Ma Jetty). Walk along the road until you see the sign that says ''Warmly Welcome and Take Care of Tourists'' (see photo on the left). 

The small building on the right hand side is the border control by Myo Ma Jetty. We‘ll meet you right there at 11.30 a.m. on your day of departure. If you have any trouble finding us, you can always call us on +66 2 1070 445.


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Flights: Nok Air

Nok Air ("nok" meaning "sparrow" or "small bird" in Thai) is the second Thai budget airline connecting Bangkok to the Mergui. Flights depart from the Thai capital's airport Don Mueang to Ranong - every day except on Tuesdays and they leave Bangkok in the early morning.

With its small and colorful planes, Nok Air might actually be Thailand's fastest growing airline. Food and service are simple but reliable, maybe because Thai Airways International owns a share in the company.   

Nok Air also operates a few international routes, including to Yangon/Myanmar. For detailed information and bookings, visit www.nokair.com.



Hotels: The Hidden Resort, Ranong

The Hidden Resort is a small boutique hotel with just eight nicely designed bungalow-type rooms in a colorful garden in the hills, just a few kilometers outside of Ranong city center.  

Rooms are clean and nicely done, when you wake up and look out of the window it feels like you spent the night in the jungle.  

The hotel is owned by a Thai business man who's been in the industry for a while and runs a few resorts and hotels in different Thai cities. The Hidden Resort just opened a few months ago and might be the nicest hotel in Ranong town. 

If you book through a travel agency, rooms will cost something in the area of 100 USD. 

The Hidden Resort
 145/94 Moo 4 Tumbol Bang-Nol
Amphoe Muang Ranong, Thailand 85000
+66 77 821 900
Email thehiddenresort@yahoo.com


Flights: Happy Air

Happy Air is a Thai budget airline, founded in 2009. The planes are small but make a good impression and seem well maintained. Happy Air is one of the fastest ways to reach the Mergui, specially if you are coming from Bangkok. Flights depart from Suvarnabhumi Airport, Thailand's main international hub, and arrive in Ranong, the Thai border town.    

Happy Air's daily flights take about 1.5 hours and cost something in the area of 2,500 Thai Baht. Check their website for more information.


UPDATE: Happy Air has not been operating their route Bangkok-Ranong during the past months, we recommend to fly with Nok Air.