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Ko Ra is a proposed National Park in the district of Khura Buri in the province of Phang Nga.


Tropical forest of Ko Ra

Ko Ra (Ra Island) is located in Khura Buri district in Phang Nga Province on the Northern Andaman Coast coast of southwest Thailand. As a proposed national park, it is one of the last island-gems in Thailand. It is a large (12 km long, running from northeast to southwest), remote, and mountainous (up to 250 m {830 ft} in elevation) island that has as yet no development.

According to local legend, people had to travel the 120 km route from Ranong to Takua Pa on foot or on elephants before a coastal road was built. On the final stages of the journey, they used a wild herb known as "Bai Ra", found in the area around Phang Nga, to make a spicy curry dish to warm and sustain themselves on the march. "Bai Ra" was a highly-prized herb which may have influenced the name of Ko Ra.

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Various terrestrial and marine habitats can be found in Ko Ra, waiting to be explored and in need of research and conservation. These include lowland tropical rainforest, beach fringe forest, freshwater streams and marshes, coral and rocky reefs, mangroves and sea grass beds. Because of its highly intact forest coverage, Koh Ra abounds in birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, including several species of hornbills, broad bills, pitas, bee-eaters, doves and pigeons, hawks and eagles, wild pigs, deer, otters, pangolin, leopard cats, flying squirrels, lizards, gliding gekkos, and tree frogs of all sorts.

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There are various activities that you can engage in at the Koh Ra Ecolodge, from sea kayaking, snorkelling, birdwatching to various ecological tours around the island.

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  • Koh Ra Ecolodge, Koh Ra Ecolodge, Khuraburi, Phang Nga 82150, +66 89 867 5288 (), [1]. Eighteen simple and comfortable rooms constructed with natural materials for guests to enjoy the tranquil environment. Each room has a private bath with Western-style toilet and shower, and a large covered patio shared between the rooms in the house. Suites for families or those requiring more space. Each suite consists of a bedroom and adjoining sitting room. Extra mattresses may be added for families with children. Natural materials, green building methods, and locally-sourced materials wherever possible were used to ensure low impact on the environment. Boat transport from Kuraburi Pier, 600 baht one way. Lodge is closed 1 May-1 November. 1,100 baht for room; 1,700 for suite; 2,000 for bungalow.  edit


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