That's a question we get a lot, especially since we're staying in a part of Thailand that hasn't been visited by many of our friends and family. Ranong is a mid-sized area in the middle of Thailand, and it doesn't see much in the way of tourism outside a few dive tour shops... and they all specialize in live-aboard trips that get people out of this area as fast as possible.
So... what's Thailand like? That all depends on the area where you travel and when you visit. For us, we use this video to show that, for us, this is Thailand.