Ranong

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This article is about the town Ranong. For other uses, see Ranong (disambiguation).
Ranong
Town
Satellite image around Ranong
Satellite image around Ranong
Ranong is located in Thailand
Ranong
Ranong
Coordinates: 9°57′43″N 98°38′20″E / 9.96194°N 98.63889°E / 9.96194; 98.63889
Country  Thailand
Provinces Ranong Province
Amphoe Mueang Ranong District
Elevation 9 m (30 ft)
Population (2005) 16,163
Time zone UTC+7 (UTC+7)

Ranong (Thai: ระนอง (Pronunciation)) is a town (thesaban mueang) in southern Thailand, capital of the Ranong Province and the Mueang Ranong district. The town covers completely the area of the tambon Khao Niwet (เขานิเวศน์). As of 2005 it has a population of 16,163.

Geography[edit]

Ranong is located at the estuary of the Pak Chan (or Kraburi) River, opposite Myanmar's Victoria Point. The Tenasserim Hills rise directly to the east of Ranong, and another small ridge runs along the edge of the estuary to the town's north.

Climate[edit]

Ranong has a tropical monsoon climate (Köppen climate classification Am). There is little variation in the temperature throughout the year, although the pre-monsoon months (February to April) are somewhat hotter in the day. However, Ranong's position to the west of the Tenasserim Hills means that the monsoon season's rains are greatly amplified, resulting in torrential rains from May until October, and significant rainfall in the transition months of April and November.

Climate data for Ranong (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 32.8
(91)
34.1
(93.4)
35.0
(95)
34.6
(94.3)
32.4
(90.3)
31.2
(88.2)
30.9
(87.6)
30.5
(86.9)
30.5
(86.9)
31.0
(87.8)
31.4
(88.5)
31.7
(89.1)
32.17
(89.92)
Average low °C (°F) 21.9
(71.4)
22.2
(72)
23.4
(74.1)
24.6
(76.3)
24.7
(76.5)
24.5
(76.1)
24.3
(75.7)
24.2
(75.6)
23.9
(75)
23.6
(74.5)
23.3
(73.9)
22.4
(72.3)
23.58
(74.45)
Rainfall mm (inches) 10.0
(0.394)
16.0
(0.63)
65.2
(2.567)
152.6
(6.008)
496.6
(19.551)
649.4
(25.567)
620.7
(24.437)
789.1
(31.067)
646.5
(25.453)
424.5
(16.713)
151.3
(5.957)
45.5
(1.791)
4,067.4
(160.135)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 1 mm) 4 3 5 12 23 26 27 28 26 23 15 7 199
 % humidity 72 70 71 76 83 84 85 86 86 85 80 75 79.4
Source: Thai Meteorological Department (Normal 1981-2010), (Avg. rainy days 1961-1990)

Transportation[edit]

Phetkasem Road (Thailand Route 4) runs through the city. The Ranong Airport is located about 24 kilometres (15 mi) south of the town.

The Port Authority of Thailand operates the Port of Ranong, which is Thailand's principal Indian Ocean port. In 2008, the Ranong human-trafficking incident resulted in 54 deaths.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "54 Burmese dead in trafficking horror". Phuket Gazette. April 10, 2008. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 

Coordinates: 9°57′43″N 98°38′20″E / 9.96194°N 98.63889°E / 9.96194; 98.63889