Grass Mountain, Ranong province. Grass Mountain is called Khao Hua Lon or Khao Phi by the locals of Ranong and is only 13 kilometers from Ranong city. When driving along Ranong-Phang Nga road, the plain, treeless mountain covered by grass can be clearly noticed. In the rainy season, the mountain is verdant green becoming brown in summer, it is an amazing attraction that can be visited throughout the year. Although Ranong is quite hilly, there is none as outstanding and noticeable as this mountain.
A short 13-kilometer drive from the city you can find Ngao waterfall with white capped water flowing through a beautiful mountain range. On the opposite side of the road, among many smaller mountains sits Grass Mountain. Ranong natives prefer driving to the mountain in the evening when the weather is cooler and relaxing, and go sightseeing and picnicking.
A gravel path takes the visitor up through the lower reaches. Going up not too high, you will arrive at a mountain ridge that offers a 360-degree panorama. Below is a view of a complete mangrove forest in the west and a bird’s-eye view of Ngow waterfall on the opposite side. The Grass Mountain can be walked all year round. If you want to see the mountain in resplendent green, come in the rainy season from May to October, but if you would like to see Glass Mountain changing to gold visit in the dry season from November to April. Returning to Ranong, you can enjoy sightseeing in the city or stop by the docks and fish market to buy great value for money fresh seafood to barbecue or to bring back home.
Ranong is a health spa center and bathing in a mineral pool is one of the things you should not miss. Ranong’s natural hot mineral water has no sulfur smell and helps stimulates blood circulation and cleanses the skin. The temperature of the water in the pools remains constant at about 65 °C. There are many beautiful resorts in the region, however those that have a mineral bathroom are highly recommended.
Grass Mountain is located on the Ranong-Phang Nga road along highway No. 4. The Grass Mountain is on the right hand side. You can drive to the parking area then it is convenient both to walk around to see the scenery or go up on the mountain. In the past, the route to Phang Nga and Phuket passed the mountain road of Ranong called the old route but now there is now route from Chumphon, passing Surat Thani and skirting Krabi to a flat road to Phang Nga. Some groups of tourists still take the old route to see the beauty of the famous Grass Mountain.