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Ranong Province

The Andaman's northernmost province is a whole different package to the white-sand, turquoise-sea paradise that is used to sell the Andamans on tourist brochures. Thailand's least populated and wettest region gets up to eight months of rain a year, so it's soggy, while beaches along the coast are scarce.

The upside is that Ranong's forests are lush and its smattering of beautiful islands – Ko Chang and Ko Phayam especially – remain relatively under the radar. Most visitors, though, come here to cross the border to Myanmar.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Ranong Province.