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Ranong province

Area:3,298.0 km²
Ranked 59th
Inhabitants:161,724 (2001)
Ranked 76th
Pop. density:49 inh./km²
Ranked 71st
ISO 3166-2:TH-85

Ranong (Thai ระนอง) is one of the southern provinces (changwat) of Thailand, at the shore to the Andaman Sea. It is the province with the fewest citizens. Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Chumphon, Surat Thani and Phang Nga. To the west it also borders Myanmar.

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Geography Ranong is located on the Isthmus of Kra, the narrow strip that connects mainland Thailand with the Malay Peninsula, on the west side of the mountain range. It has a long coast on the Andaman Sea. The province is known for having the most rainfall of all Thailand, the rainy season lasting for about 8 months. This led to the pun that the name Ranong is in fact taken from the English rain on.


The seal of the province shows a castle on top of a hill, to remember that King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) once visited Ranong and stayed at the Ratana Rangsan Castle on top of the Niveskiri Hill. The provincial tree is the Banaba[?] (Lagerstroemia speciosa[?]), and the provincial flower is the orchid Dendrobium formosum[?].

Administrative divisions

King Amphoe
(minor districts)
  1. Mueang Ranong
  2. La-un
  3. Kapoe
  4. Kra Buri
  1. Suk Samran

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