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Places Of Interest

Koh Phayam & Koh Chang
A two hour boat trip from Ranong, these two neighbouring islands are Ranong's secret weapons! Formerly populated by sea gypsies, today Phayam & Chang are growing travellers hideaways.

Thai-style bungalows are available and these islands are a couple of Thailand's true gems! Remember Koh Samui in the 80's...?

Kawthawng (Victoria Point)
Right across the Chan River, opposite Ranong, is the small Burmese town of Kawthawng. Known as Victoria Point in English, the main attractions here are local products and souvenirs which are available for tourists for reasonable prices.

Only 20 minutes by longtail boat which costs about 300Baht per boat, this is an excellent day trip.

*Immigration formality must be done first as Kawthawng is in the Kingdom of Myanmar (Burma).

Hot Springs and Raksawarin Arboretum
Near to Wat Tapotharam are Ranongs legendary hot springs. The temperature of the water is about 65 degrees celcius. The deep shaded forest surrounding the hot spring is lovely and it maintains an arboretum named "Raksawarin" by the Municipality with rest pavillions and bathrooms.

Nam Tok Punyaban
Another name of this waterfall is "Nam Tok Sed Takuad". The waterfall itself cascades from a high cliff and makes a refreshing rest stop for motorists touring along the south.

Nam Tok Ngao Forest Park
The beautiful scenery of mountains and pastures is visible from the resting area near the fall. Good spot for a picnic.

Tham Phra Khayang
An old legend links this cave to the establishment of Kraburi town. Beautiful stalactite and stalagmite formations can be seen and it is said that there is Lek Lai (a special iron element believed to be elastic and flexible like wax) in this cave.

Isthmus of Kra
The narrowest part of the Malayan Peninsula, just 9km at its narrowest. From the view-point you can get a great look at the Kraburi River, the natural border line between Thailand and Myanmar.

Nam Tok Bokkrai
Bokkrai Waterfall has many steps with fascinating nature surrounding. A pool at the top is ideal for cooling off after the climb.

Ruin Japanese Warship
On the left side of the bridge over the Chan River is the old Japanese Warship buried during the end of the Second World War. The ruin can be seen during the low tide period. This area was used by the Japanese Army as the pier to supply war materials for its army in Myanmar during WWII.

Laem Son National Park
With its area of over 315, this park has beautiful beaches, islands and fascinating coral reef. Bungalow accommodation in the park is available but prior reservation is needed. Contacting the National Park Division Tel: 579-0529, 579-4842.

Nam Tok Khao Phra Narai
The surrounding area,including the fall itself,is very peaceful with shade all around.

Khlong Nakha Wild Life Sanctuary
Wild life of different types and species are scattered all around this ever-green tropical forest and, together with a beautiful waterfall, makes the sanctuary even more attractive for nature-lovers.

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