Ranong Archipelago National Park
Muko Ranong national park is located at 192 Mu 4. Tambon Ngao, was formerly known as Muko Phayam National Park and renamed by the National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department on 23 February, 2010. It covers a coastal area, which includes everygreen forests, mangrove forests and beaches on Ko Bang Chak, Ko Yio, Ko Sai Dam etc, and an off -the-coast area, which includes Ko Chang, Ko Thalu, Ko Ta Khrut, Ko Mo, Ko Pring, Ko Rai, Ko Fai Mai etc. For information on renting a boat to these islands, please contact Muko Ranong National Park Tel. 0 7781 3828, 07781 3840-1. To get there: From Ranong take Highway No. 4 (Phetchakasem Road), the Ranong Takua Pa route, approximately 14 km. to reach Tambon Ngao and turn right onto the Ban Lang-Hua Thanon route for about 4 km. to the Park’s headquarters. Place of interest in the National Park – Hat Hin Ngam is a beach on Ko Fai Mai, a small island covered with a moist everygreen forest located off the coast in the same direction as Ko Chang. It features a beach of round pebbles in various colors that glisten beautifully in the sunlight when washed by the waves. – Hat Sai Dam is a beach on Ko Sai Dam, an island inhabited by a large century-old community earning a living from rubber plantation and fruit orchard. The island is Muko Ranong National Park scenic with forested and rocky topography, and features the outstanding Hat Sai Dam, which is a vast stretch of black sand beach formed by a deposit of rotten wood and mangrove leaves over a long period of time. There is also Leam Makham, a cape with an intact mangrove ecosystem, off ering a 4-km. nature trail. To the south of the island is located Ao Po, a serene inlet eith a scenic view of the mangrove forest. – Hat Sai Daeng, a beach of brick red sand caused by a long-time deposit of decayed shells. To get there: From Ranong, follow Highway No. 4 (Phetchakasem Road) on the Ranong-Ban Tha Chang route for a distance of 14 km., continue on the Ban Tha Chang-Tha Ton Son route for 3 km. and rent a boat from the villagers to the island, which takes 35 minutes.