Ranong

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This article is about the town Ranong. For other uses, see Ranong (disambiguation).
Ranong
ระนอง
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, former 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 had a population of 16,163. Ranong lies 586 km south-south-west of Bangkok by road.

Geography[edit]

Ranong is on 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
Record high °C (°F) 36.4
(97.5)
38.3
(100.9)
39.6
(103.3)
39.1
(102.4)
38.7
(101.7)
35.3
(95.5)
34.8
(94.6)
34.0
(93.2)
34.5
(94.1)
35.2
(95.4)
35.4
(95.7)
35.0
(95)
39.6
(103.3)
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)
30.8
(87.4)
30.5
(86.9)
30.5
(86.9)
31.0
(87.8)
31.4
(88.5)
31.7
(89.1)
32.2
(90)
Daily mean °C (°F) 26.7
(80.1)
27.5
(81.5)
28.4
(83.1)
28.8
(83.8)
27.7
(81.9)
27.3
(81.1)
26.9
(80.4)
26.8
(80.2)
26.4
(79.5)
26.4
(79.5)
26.5
(79.7)
26.3
(79.3)
27.1
(80.8)
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)
23.6
(74.5)
Record low °C (°F) 16.5
(61.7)
16.1
(61)
18.5
(65.3)
19.8
(67.6)
22.3
(72.1)
21.8
(71.2)
21.4
(70.5)
21.6
(70.9)
21.4
(70.5)
20.2
(68.4)
19.3
(66.7)
16.5
(61.7)
16.1
(61)
Average 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)
4,068.4
(160.173)
Average rainy days 3.3 3.5 6.5 11.8 23.8 24.4 25.5 27.4 25.2 23.8 14.5 5.8 195.5
Average relative humidity (%) 72 70 71 76 83 84 85 86 86 85 80 75 79
Mean monthly sunshine hours 232.5 214.7 201.5 183.0 155.0 114.0 114.7 114.7 108.0 145.7 174.0 195.3 1,953.1
Mean daily sunshine hours 7.5 7.6 6.5 6.1 5.0 3.8 3.7 3.7 3.6 4.7 5.8 6.3 5.4
Source #1: Thai Meteorological Department[1]
Source #2: Office of Water Management and Hydrology, Royal Irrigation Department (sun and humidity)[2]

Transportation[edit]

Phetkasem Road (Thailand Route 4) runs through the city. Ranong Airport is about 24 kilometres (15 mi) south of 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.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Climatological Data for the Period 1981–2010". Thai Meteorological Department. p. 26–27. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "ปริมาณการใช้น้ำของพืชอ้างอิงโดยวิธีของ Penman Monteith (Reference Crop Evapotranspiration by Penman Monteith)" (PDF) (in Thai). Office of Water Management and Hydrology, Royal Irrigation Department. p. 105. Retrieved 7 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "54 Burmese dead in trafficking horror". Phuket Gazette. April 10, 2008. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 

External links[edit]

  • Ranong travel guide from Wikivoyage

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