Bangkok to Ranong

Bangkok to Ranong

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Bangkok to Ranong Schedule

Bangkok to Ranong Schedule
Transport NameRoute TimePrice
BangkokTaxi24 Comfort Any time฿ 7,150
Nok Air Economy #DD61007:35 - 08:45฿ 2,179
Sombat Tour VIP 33 08:15 - 17:15฿ 840
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD314011:05 - 12:25฿ 2,104
Thai AirAsia Economy #FD314012:10 - 13:25฿ 2,105
Transport Co Express 17:01 - 02:44฿ 479
ChokeAnan Tour VIP 24 19:30 - 05:30฿ 815

How to get from Bangkok to Ranong

From Bangkok to Ranong by bus

The main bus terminal in Bangkok for all southbound trips is the Southern Bus Terminal, also known as Sai Tai Mai. It is located on the Western banks of Chao Phraya River and is best reached by taxi. Travel time from Bangkok to Ranong is from eight to 9 hours which makes a night bus the most convenient option as it saves your daytime and some baht otherwise spent on a hotel room.

Naomi Tour operates Express, VIP and VIP24 buses from Bangkok to Ranong, all departing at 9 pm and reaching the destination between 4.50am and 5.30am. VIP and VIP24 tickets include a light meal during the journey, while with an Express you have only snacks which are actually of minor importance – unless you are a night-eating type. Tickets cost THB460/550/710 for an Express, VIP and VIP24 bus correspondingly. If you have an extra baht, it is always wise to opt for a VIP24 to have more leg and elbow space. Besides, there have been reports that express buses make too many stops on their way to Ranong, picking up passengers and cargo with cabin lights going on every time the bus stops. If you do not mind your journey last longer than expected than an express is also ok.

Tip: As with all long-haul buses in Thailand, air-conditioning in Naomi Tour buses is an issue: it may get freezing cold on board, so have some warm clothes at hand – the blanket you will be given is not always enough!

From Bangkok to Ranong by air

Even if you are the most determined overland traveler, it sometimes pays to consider a flight, too. Several low-cost airlines in Thailand offer tickets at discounted prices during certain periods, so check if you can catch a great deal.

Nok Air operates two direct flights to Ranong from Don Mueang International Airport in Bangkok. There is a morning flight at 6 am and an afternoon one at 5.05pm. The flight lasts 1 hour and 25 minutes and ticket prices start from THB1150 (lower during promotional periods). Note though, that Ranong airport lies some 22km south, so you will need at least 40 minutes to get to the city from there.

Ranong Connections

Rung Kit company operates Express buses from Ranong to Phuket. They reach the island in 5½ hours and cost about THB300. There are departures at 6.30am, 9.30am, and 4 pm. Please note that with the last departure you reach Phuket bus terminal by 9.30pm, so it is advisable to book your accommodation in Phuket in advance or opt for any guesthouse in Phuket Town rather than heading immediately to the beaches.

Other destinations from Ranong include Suratthani, Krabi, Phang Nga, Nakhon Si Thammarat, and Hat Yai. Tickets are easily bought right on the spot at Ranong bus terminal which is just one km from the city center and is reachable by blue songthaews.

Koh Phayam

All those stereotypes related to a paradise island are true for Koh Phayam. This little gem of an island has long sandy beaches, crystal clear blue seas, old-school bungalows and an air of a perfect island hideaway which becomes a rare bird nowadays. Though Koh Phayam is the main tourist destination in Ranong province, the island never feels overcrowded and chances that you will find a fair stretch of the beach just for yourself are high. Narrow island roads are car-free, and electricity round the clock is a privilege of a couple of bigger resorts. That said, many accommodations offer Internet, so you will not feel too isolated from the rest of the world if you need it in your smartphone.

Unspoiled beaches are undoubtedly the main attraction of Koh Phayam, but do not underestimate its hilly interior covered with jungle where a variety of short route for hiking attract those who get tired with a postcard-perfect sea picture of Koh Phayam. Koh Phayam lies 35km from the mainland, so estimate that your trip there will take from ¾ hrs by speedboat to two hours by ordinary ferry. Boat service is offered all year round, but the majority of smaller bungalows close for the low season from April to October.

Transportation from Bangkok to Ranong

Bangkok to Ranong Destination Reviews

Only problem is inside of bus was freezing. No need to open aircon this much and make pp freeze inside.
Bus VIP 33, Sombat Tour (บริษัท เทพสมบัติ จำกัด), Jan 4, 2023
Driver was excellent thanks 😊
taxi Comfort, BangkokTaxi24, Dec 30, 2022
the time for departure was inacurate on the website, the actual time for departure was 20.30 and not 19.00 as indicated by the website. please adjust to avoid people wasting time.
Bus VIP 24, ChokeAnan Tour (บริษัท โชคอนันต์ชุมพร จำกัด), Mar 31, 2021
Actually, the bus left another hour later according to their channel as announced by 12go asia. Would be good to update the times.
Bus VIP 24, ChokeAnan Tour (บริษัท โชคอนันต์ชุมพร จำกัด), Feb 7, 2021
Leg room was amazing, you have a good meter if not 1.5m in front of you, so you can properly recline your seat, almost horizontally. You get a blanket, a small pillow, a bottle of water and a small pack of snacks. The bus is a bit run down, but nothing dramatic. The weird thing is the stop in the middle of the night at a 24hours restaurant (it was around 12am/1am), where you don't realise how long you have, if you have time for getting food, and it's a bit stressful. Having a sandwich ready with you will make it easier I reckon.
Bus VIP, Niomit Tour (นิวมิตรทัวร์), Mar 23, 2020
No information about any stops in between and the length of it and about the arrival time. I nearly missed the boat to the Islands. A bit more conversation between staff and costumers was great! The luggage was handled very rude.
Bus VIP 24, Niomit Tour (นิวมิตรทัวร์), Mar 9, 2020
Boarding the bus was confusing. I couldn't find the office booth to get my ticket. Otherwise everything was good.
Bus VIP 24, Niomit Tour (นิวมิตรทัวร์), Feb 6, 2020
We crashed. But wasn't bus company's fault.
Bus VIP 24, Niomit Tour (นิวมิตรทัวร์), Feb 3, 2020
No real problems everything was great. Some things a little unclear but it worked out great. Wasn’t as uncomfortable as I expected but I didn’t manage to sleep.
Bus VIP, Niomit Tour (นิวมิตรทัวร์), Jan 19, 2020
When we got to the bus, the lady couldn't decide where we could sit. She changed our seats three times.. I have no idea why since the bus was quite empty. The bus left 40 minutes late.
Bus Express, ChokeAnan Tour (บริษัท โชคอนันต์ชุมพร จำกัด), Jan 18, 2020
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