The Amazing Scenes to See at Ban Bang Ben in Kapoe, Ranong

Kapoe is a laid-back district situated in the least populated and mountainous province of Ranong in Southern Thailand. Sitting on the West Coast and overlooking the Andaman Sea, the very scenic yet tranquil-looking Kapoe is also about some 25km from the town of Ranong.

It happens that my Thai better half has some relatives staying in Kapoe, so on a long weekend some two weeks ago her parents decided to give the relatives a visit.

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We’re staying in the neighboring province of Chumphon, situated  on the East Coast. Ranong is on the West. As the relatives are not staying in the Ranong town itself but in Kapoe, we resorted to the quicker yet more scenic alternative route of AH2 (Route 41)-Route 4006 with a bit more mountain curves, so that we could skip the normal Chumphon-Ranong route.

Compared to other areas in Ranong, Kapoe has relatively fewer places of interest; however it is blessed with a few waterfalls and a national park called the Laem Son National Park.

So on a cloudy evening in Kapoe after a rain, out of boredom my girlfriend and I decided to drive out of her relatives’ house to explore the area. After 30 minutes of slow drive, we ended up at Ban Bang Ben, a surprisingly picturesque and rather scattered settlement with a Muslim majority, situated right next to the Bang Ben beach.

Being greeted with such an amazing view, I insisted we had to stop our car somewhere to enjoy it. As my girlfriend was waiting for me and listening to some music in the car, I happily took a stroll along the road leading to the Bang Ben beach and captured the following pictures.

A buffalo taking a dip in a nature's pool at Ban Bang Ben.
A buffalo taking a dip in a nature’s pool at Ban Bang Ben.
The calm water of a puddle reflecting the shadow of a tree as dusk approaches.
The calm water of a puddle reflecting the shadow of a tree as dusk approaches.

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Thai muslim kids playing outside their house in Ban Bang Ben.
Thai muslim kids playing outside their house in Ban Bang Ben.
Nature creating a beautiful silhouette as dusk falls.
Nature creating a beautiful silhouette as dusk falls.

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Villagers of Ban Bang Ben playing football away on sunset.
Villagers of Ban Bang Ben playing football away on sunset.