By bus the journey from Ranong to Bangkok is scheduled to take from 10 hours to 10 hours 45 minutes depending upon which bus you take.
Bus Timetable: Ranong to Bangkok
Click on the Ranong – Bangkok link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
|Ranong - Bangkok ฿ 440–782 9h 15m – 10h 45m|
Departure from Ranong
Bus services to Bangkok depart from Ranong Bus Station, 6/60-61, Moo 1, Phetkasem Road, Tambon Bang Rin, Amphoe Mueang Ranong, Ranong, 85000.
Arrival in Bangkok
Bus services from Ranong to Bangkok terminate at the Southern Bus Terminal, 8 Borommaratchachonnani Rd, Chim Phli, Taling Chan, Bangkok 10170.
Wat Phra Kaew in Bangkok
Wat Phra Kaew, also known as the Temple of the Emerald Buddha, is the temple inside the Grand Palace in Bangkok. The temple was opened in 1784, two years after the founding of Bangkok as the new capital city. Wat Phra Kaew is inside a separate walled compound accessible via 7 gates. The temple has many parts with over 40 buildings, chedi, monuments and statues. The most important part of the temple, however, is it’s ordination hall with houses the Phra Kaew Morakot, better known as the Emerald Buddha statue.
The Emerald Buddha statue is 66 cm tall and made out of jade. The statue is considered the most important Buddha image in Thailand and a Royal ceremony is held 3 times a year to change the clothes of the Emerald Buddha in accordance with the change in the seasons. The Emerald Buddha has an interesting and disputed history, and is the subject of many legends. The known history of the statue starts when it was discovered in a temple in Chiang Rai in 1434. The statue was then taken to Lampang, Chiang Mai, Vientiane in Laos and Thonburi before finally coming to Bangkok in 1782. Prior to that there are two theories as to the origin of the temple. One theory is that the statue was made in the north of Thailand in the 13th or 14th Century. The other theory is that the statue was made in India in around 50 BC and travelled to Thailand via Sri Lanka and Cambodia where it taken from the by then failing Angkor Kingdom as the spoils of war. Either way for Thai people it is a very special statue and the temple which has been constructed to house the statue is very impressive.