Although it has over 100 kilometres of coastline, some great beaches, waterfalls and a host of other natural attractions, Rayong province has for a long time been in the shadows of its successful Chonburi neighbour and as a result only recently emerged as a tourist destination in its own right. Rayong province is located on the Gulf of Thailand approximately 200 kilometres from Bangkok. The area is a major agricultural province known for fruit production, particularly pineapple and durian – Thailand’s evil smelling but great tasting national fruit. Despite its agricultural prowess, the province is also an industrial hub housing major developments like oil refineries and industrial plants. The province spreads beyond the mainland to encompass a string of islands that include the world-famous Koh Samet – part of the Leam Ya/Koh Samet National Park. Although the mainland features mountains and flat plains, both the islands and mainland have some absolutely stunning white sandy beaches. The area is also home to a number of dive sites with excellent underwater ridges and masses of marine life.

Attractions in Rayong

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Hat Mae Ramphueng

Hat Mae Ramphueng is one of Rayong’s better known attractions, a huge expanse of beach stretching 12 kilometres along the coast with a real, live fishing village marking where the beach finishes. A number of swimming-related deaths are recorded each year, to some extent the cause remains a mystery. It is really not advisable to swim too far...


Koh Man Island Group of Islands

The Koh Man Island group comprises three islands: Koh Man Nai, Koh Man Klang and Koh Man Nok. These tiny islands remain pristine and have excellent coral reefs. Koh Man Nai (the smallest of the islands) has a single beach and is only 100 metres across. It is not possible to stay overnight on Koh Man Nai because camping is prohibited and there is no...


Khao Chamao Khao Wong Waterfall

Located near the headquarters of Khao Chamao National Park, Khao Chamao-Khao Wong waterfall is a splendid affair – the waterfall has a number of tiers pushing high into the skyline and with crystal-clear water cascading into a variety of pools below. As the water is so clear many varieties of fish can be seen from the sides of the pools. In...


Koh Samet

Koh Samet is one of Thailand’s nicest islands. It is famous for its beauty and location – near enough to Bangkok to be a popular destination for weekend trips and far enough away from the capital to offer foreign tourists a chance to get away from it all. Koh Samet is part of the Khao-Laem-Yah Koh Samet National Park and as result...


Suan Son Park

As Ban Phe is a port and the main exit point from the mainland to Koh Samet, many people miss the area’s charms and attractions. For instance, another short taxi trip will take you to Suan Son (’Pine’) Park, an area of extensive coastline and excellent white sandy beaches. It is a place locals favour for picnics because of its...


Chalerm Phra Kiat Park

Chalerm Phra Kiat Park is near the beach just a short distance from Ban Phe market. This is a great little place for a visit. The park has a basketball court and a playground for the kids. An excellent little park, and if you are in the area with time to kill, well worth visiting. How to get there: The park is accessible by tuk-tuk (20 Baht) and...


Sopha Botanical Gardens

Sopha Botanical Gardens is understood to have the widest range of plants and trees in Thailand. The gardens feature three traditional Thai houses dating around 100 years old. They are furnished in a traditional Thai manner and a number of antique utensils and other antique objects are on display alongside exhibits of antique porcelains.  How...


Sunthon Phu Memorial Park

Sunthon Phu Memorial Park is dedicated to Sunthon Phu (1786-1855), recognised as being Thailand’s greatest poet. Originally the location of the poet’s home, the memorial park is an immaculately maintained memorial and a joy to visit. A number of statues of characters from the poet’s work (including the hero of some of his work...


Khao Chamao-Khao Wong National Park

Khao Chamao-Khao Wong National Park is shared by two provinces (Chantaburi and Rayong) and named after mountains in each province. This is one of Thailand’s smaller parks but boasts extensive forests ranging from sea-level to around 1,000 metres high. The park houses a range of wildlife including elephants, bears, wild pigs, deer, monkeys and...


Hat Sai Kaew (Diamond Beach)

This beach is over a kilometre long and recognised as Koh Samet’s nicest. It is also the busiest! The beach is probably where the best nightlife happens on the island, with lots of restaurants playing videos, karaoke, bars you know the sort of thing! If you want to stay around the beach there is plenty of accommodation available, albeit a bit...


Koh Kudi

Koh Kudi is a small island in the Koh Samed-Kao Laem Ya National Marine Park which provides excellent diving opportunities. The sea floor comprises solid rock which gently slopes into deeper water (going down to a maximum depth of 20 metres). The site offers splendid marine life which includes batfish, reef fish, black coral and seafan. Underwater...


Wat Pa Pradu

Located on Sukhumvit Road, Wat Pa Pradu was constructed in the Ayutthaya Period and is one of the area’s leading temples. It features a large reclining Buddha which is over 11 metres long and over 3 metres high. What is unique about the Buddha is that it reclines on its left side rather than the usual right side. This difference makes the...


Ao Kai-Laem Tan

Ao Kai-Laem Tan a little cape beyond Laem Mae Phim to Klaeng District is rather quiet. Nearby is a small fisherman’s village, in which the main occupation is to pickle jellyfish. Seafood restaurant here is well known among the tourists. Travelling to Ko Man Klang, can be done by taking a speedboat from here.


Laem Mae Phim

Laem Mae Phim can be reach either from Sukhumvit Road taking a right turn at Km.259.5, 263 or 268, or continuing for a little over 1 kilometre from Wang Kaew on the beach road. It is popular site for relaxation and swimming. Beach stalls serve food and snacks.


King Taksin Shrine

Located at on Taksin Road, about 25 kilometers from Rayong, Wat Lum Mahachai Chumphon is home to the King Taksin Shrine – dedicated to one of Thailand’s great kings. The shrine commemorates King Taksin’s efforts to liberate Thailand from Burmese occupiers - King Taksin rallied soldiers to fight the Burmese after they took control...


Wat Samut Khongkha (Wat Pak Nam)

Located south of Rayong city centre, Wat Samut Khongkha is a pagoda built on a small island on the Rayong River. The history of the 10-meter-high pagoda is unclear and neither is it really clear how long it has been there. There is an annual festival related to the pagoda with boat races, plays and a range of other types of performance. How to get...


Hat Laem Charoen and Hat Sang Chan

Hat Laem Charoen and Hat Sang Chan are two excellent beaches that are in fact connected and in essence, one long beach. Hat Laem Charoen is only 5 kilometers from Rayong municipality and a seaside destination which is very popular with locals (who often come to sample to the seafood restaurants in the vicinity). Hat Saeng Chan is slightly further...


Koh Saket Petch

Koh Saket Petch is a small island off the coast of Rayong, approximately 15 minutes by boat from Bang Phe. Although accommodation is available on the island, it is limited. As a result, the waters around the island remain clear and the coral on the seabed impressive. How to get there: Boats on a regular schedule are available from Hat Sai Thong...


Wat Saranat Thammaram

Built in 1944, Wat Saranat Thammaram contains a replica of the Phra Buddha Chinarat of Phitsanulok. In addition, the temple also houses replicas of other major Buddhist monuments - Phra Pathom Chedi, Phra That Phanom, Buddha, Gaya and Phra That Chaiya. How to get there: Wat Saranat Thammaram is located at kilometres 265 on Sukhumvit Highway and is...

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