Fill up your holidays with exciting activities!
Ok, as you may know, Ranong is a bit out of the bitten trail and little is said in tourist guides about what to do in the area, well, there is quite a lot to do.
We already advised you to go to Koh Phayam, our paradise island, but if you're not so much into island hoping and want to experiment something different. Or if, lucky you, your holidays aren't over and you can also do something else, these would be activities we would command you.
You want to explore the forest, Ranong's province has the biggest rain forest in Thailand, and impressive mangroves forest to explore so why wait to be on crowded trails in Chiang May to plan for your trek?
- On the way south to Phuket, you will find Khao Sok National Park, it is well developped to cater for tourism so you can find there a lot of activities such as elephant trekking, trekking, canoeing and jeep safaris. find out more
- Nam Tok Ngao National Park is a lot less developped and probably not even mentioned in lonely planet but it has a lot to offer for the ones curious enough to stay out of the beaten trail. You can contact the National park's headquarter to know more about their trails and accommodation at +66 77848181.
If you'd like some help with the organization of your trek and would like to contribute to a good cause, Phato Eco Adventures is an initiative to preserve the rainforest in Phato area (southern Thailand) and to promote the nature and beauty of this area to visitors. They can organize treks for one or two days as well as accommodation at reasonable rates and other activities in this undiscovered forest gem. A part of the participation fee for the trek is used to support the village on sustainability, social projects and help them to improve their eco-tourism activities. More info on http://treksthailand.com/
- There are several waterfalls to visit around Ranong, a good occasion to go for a walk. They are accessible by walking from an hour stroll to a 2 days trek in the rain forest but you'll need a car to get there.
- Mangrove Forest Research center, 15km away from Ranong has been declared World Biosphere Reserve Zone by UNESCO owing to its essential role for maintaining the region's ecological integrity, especially for the marine environment.
2 - Volunteering
You'd like to help Thailand but you don't really know how?
DinDang Natural Building and The Thai Child Development Foundation (TCDF) are two associations focusing on social initiatives and need volunteers.
TCDF supports children in their development and is active in the mountains of Phato, Chumpon province, Thailand. The most important aspects about TCDF are: small scale, customized support, personal attention and recapitalizing what is there already.
DinDang offers (international) volunteers the opportunity and possibility to come and stay and work on the creation of a Natural Building Educational Center.Together with Bow you will work on making the center into an example of creative and natural building, you can help with construction, maintenance, gardening and organization of workshops (if needed). Minimum period of stay with DinDang Natural Building is one week. You can stay longer and if the cooperation is good, you can stay for a longer period of time.As a volunteer you have to pay a participation fee. This fee is used for your food, board, transport and material. There is a maximum number of 10 volunteers at Dindang.
3 - Kite Surfing
Ever tried being pulled by a kite on the ocean? It's FUN!!!
On the East Coat, about the same latitude as Ranong, you'll find some of the best conditions for Kite Surfing in Thailand.
November to January is the best time to go kite surfing.
We can organize for you anything from beginner lessons to advanced courses for jumping and stuff. If you don't want a course, you can also rent a kite and go play with the wind for a few hours.