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Rayong Travel Guide

Located approximately 220 kilometers from Bangkok is another delightful resort on Thailand’s eastern coast – Rayong province. A late bloomer, the province is well known for its pristine beaches stretching along a 100-kilometer coastline and scenic waterfalls amidst exotic surroundings. Aside from this, Rayong is blessed with an abundance of seafood products such as shrimp paste, fish sauce and dried seafood, and tropical fruits of which rambutan, mangosteen and durian are the most famous.

Covering a total area of 3,552 square kilometers, Rayong borders Chonburi Province on the north and the west, the Gulf of Thailand on the south, and Chantaburi Province on the east. Most of the land is marked by a series of mountains interspersed by flat plains and large tracts of forest and fruit plantations. Administratively, the province is divided into Mueang Rayong, Klaeng, Ban Khai, Bang Chang, Pluak Daeng and Wang Chan districts and Khao Chamao and Nikhom Phatthana Sub-districts.

Boasting indispensable sea-life resources, Rayong is one of the country’s major agricultural and industrial provinces. On the other hand, the province has maintained its traditions and customs in the daily lifestyle of the locals. The best months to visit Rayong are from November to February. 

The Past
During the late Ayutthaya period, when the former capital was being razed to the ground by the invading Burmese, Phaya Tak led a troop of patriots, broke through the cordon of besieging troops and marched to Rayong in order to build up his navy before proceeding on to Chanthaburi. Because of his courage and bravery, the soldiers and local population anointed him as "King" in Rayong. Once he had built up sufficient troop strength, Phaya Tak who later became King Taksin of the Kingdom of Thonburi returned to Ayutthaya, routed the Burmese and set up a new capital in Thonburi.


Distances from Rayong Town to Other Destinations : 

Muang District:

Map Ta Phut 15 kms.
Sang Chan Beach 8 kms.
Hat Mae Ramphueng 11 kms.
Ban Kon Ao/Kao Laem Ya 22 kms.
The Sobha Botanical Gardens 17 kms.
Suan Son Park 23 kms.

 Klaeng District :

Suan Wang Kaew 38 kms.
Hat Laem Mae Phim 38 kms.
Statue of Sunthorn Phu 48 kms.
Khao Chamao Waterfall  71 kms.
Khao Wong Cave 78 kms.
Ban Phe District 19 kms.
Ban Khai District 12 kms.
Pattaya 65 kms.
Chon Buri 98 kms.
Chanthaburi Province 110 kms.
Trat Province 180 kms.
U Taphao Airport 35 kms.
Ban Chang District 28 kms.

Hat Mae Ramphueng

This 12-kilometre stretch of white sandy beach is a perfect place to enjoy the scenery while swimming. The beach trails along the way to meet Ban Kon Ao, where a small fishing community can be found. Accommodations and restaurants are available.

Laem Mae Phim

This cape can be reach either from Sukhumvit Road by taking a right turn at km. markers 259.5, 263 or 268, or proceeding further for another 1 kilometre from Wang Kaew on the beach road. This is a perfect spot either for relaxation and swimming or sampling local foods. To the north of the cape is a small off-shore isle named Ko Khi Pla.

Khao Chamao - Khao Wong National Park

This national park was established in 1975, covering an area of 52,300 rai. This lush forest with a great variety of flora and fauna is the watershed of the Prasae River. The national park has two nature trails for tourists to explore herbs and animal behaviour. The trails are two kilometres and three kilometres long, respectively. To explore the trail, registration at the tourist centre is required in advance. Amission is 200 baht for adults and 100 baht for children. Houses and tents are available for tourists. Pitching a private tent costs 30 baht per person/night. For more information, please call the park at Tel. 0 3889 4378 or National Park Department in Bangkok at Tel. 0 2562 0760 or 

How to get there: The national park is 71 kilometres from Rayong town. Follow Sukhumvit Road and turn right at the Khao Din Intersection, kilometre 274. The national park is 17 kilometres away. 

Attractions in the national park 

Namtok Khao Chamao or Namtok Khlong Nam Sai  This crystal clear waterfall is one kilometre before the national park. The waterfall comprises seven levels, stretching for three kilometres. The large pond called Wang Matcha, is a habitat of brook carp. 

Pha Sawan The viewpoint is 1.5 kilometres from the national park headquarters. On the way, visitors can explore nature. Contact the national park staff first. 

Namtok Khlong Pla Kang  The waterfalls is three kilometres from the headquarters. Ferns and orchids grow well in this lush forest. 

Namtok Khlong Hin Phoeng The small waterfall is actually in Chanthaburi province, ten kilometers from the headquarters. Water runs all year round. Nature lovers can enjoy wild flowers around the waterfall. Khao Wong (เขาวง) Many limestone mountains surround a flat plain in the middle. The amazing mountains have a total of 80 caves inside. This is also a habitat of mountain goat. 

Krommaluang Chumphon Shrine The shrine houses the statue of Krommaluang Chumphonkhetudomsak, founder of Thailand's modern navy. He is much honoured by the people of Rayong. Turn right at kilometre 274 off Sukhumvit Road, the shrine is 10 kilometres away.

Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet National Park 

It is located in Ban Phe, 20 kilometres from Rayong town, the park totals an area of 81,875 rai comprising land, sea and islands. Its major attractions include Mae Ramphueng Beach, Khao Laem Ya, and Samet Archipelago. The most famous island is Samet where many private-owned bungalows are available. The park has three nature trails; namely, Ko Samet, Ko Kudi, and Khao Laem Ya. On each route, visitors can enjoy nature as well as beautiful view points. Admission fee: adults 200 baht, children 100 baht each. The national park offers houses and tents. Pitching your own tent costs 20 baht per person/night. For more information, call Tel. 0 3865 3034 and 0 3865 2136 or the National Park Department at Tel. 0 2562 0760.

Rayong Aquarium

Located in the Eastern Marine Fisheries Research and Development Centre, Ban Phe,  the aquarium keeps various kinds of beautiful fish and sea plants. The centre conducts study, research and testing regarding marine biology and behaviors of marine life. A large aquarium with a tunnel allows visitors to see various beautiful fish as well as economic-related creatures living in the mangrove forest such as cuttlefish, crab, giant clam, and horseshoe crab.
The outdoor aquarium also houses various marine life.  The turtle pond houses hawksbill turtles, olive turtles, and leatherback turtles. The fish pond houses large species of fish.  Visitors can witness the real underwater world in a special pond that houses starfish, anemone and sea cucumber. Various fishery tools in miniature are also displayed. The Fossil Museum exhibits stuffed and extinct animals as well as a display of rare animals such as humpback dolphin and Irrawaddy Dolphin.  Seafood products are available on sale outside the building.
The Rayong Aquarium is open from Wednesday to Friday during 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and on weekends from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m.  Group visitors should call in advance. Tel. 0 3865 3741, Fax. 0 3865 1763

How to get there

By Car

Route No.1

Sukhumvit Road (Highway No.3): Starting from Bangkok passes Bangpu District, Chonburi town, Bangsaen, Sri Racha District, Pattaya, Hat Jomtien, Sattahip District, Ban Chang District to arrive in the center of Rayong Province. The total distance is 220 kilometers.

Route No.2

The most popular route, starting from Bangna-Trat Road (Highway No.34) via Bang Phli and Bang Bo District (Samut Prakan Province) and Highway No.3 at km. 70. The total distance is 220.

Route No.3

Drive along Highway No.3 to Bang Lamung, then turn off of Highway No.3 at Km.140 and continue on Highway No.36 to Rayong. Total distance is 210 kilometers.

Route No.4

Taking Highway No.344 (Ban Bung-Klaeng) at Chonburi town, passing Ban Bung, Nong Yai, Wang Chan and finishing at Klaeng District, Rayong Province. The total distance is 100 kilometers. (Bangkok-Chonburi is 80 kilometers)
This route is suitable for those who like to go sightseeing in Klaeng District and Khao Chamao-Khao Wong National Park or passing through Chanthaburi Province.

Route No.5

Use the Motorway, starting from Phatthanakarn Road, Prawet District, Bangkok and drive all the way up to Pattaya (120 kilometers), then switch to use Highway No.36 and proceed for another 50 kilometers to Rayong.

By Air

Bangkok Airways operates one flight everyday from Phuket via Ko Samui to Rayong-U Ta Pao International Airport. For more information contact Bangkok Airways in Bangkok, Tel :(662) 265 5555 or travel agencies in Rayong.

By Bus

Rayong is the gateway from the east to the north and northeast. As such, there are many regular bus services connecting Rayong and Bangkok and other province such as Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima and Nong Khai.

Getting around Rayong 

Local Bus Schedule:

Bus Station - Assumption School (Red) via Laemtong Department Store
The busses run daily from 5.00 a.m. until 9.00 p.m.(Every 5-10 minutes)
Fare : 5 baht

Bus Station - Paknam (Dark Blue) via Wat Pa Pradu, Wat Lum, Laem Charoen
The busses run daily from 5.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. (Every 5-10 minutes)
Fare: 5-10 baht

Big C - Nicom Pattana (White) via Big C, Makro
The busses run daily from 6.30 a.m. until 18.00 p.m. (Every 15-20 minutes)
Fare : 12 baht

Post Office - Map Ta Phut (Red) via Laemtong Department Store
The busses run daily from 5.00 a.m. until 8.00 p.m. (Every 5-10 minutes)
Fare : 7 baht

Post Office - Ban Chang (Red) via Century Golf
The busses run daily from 4.30 a.m. until 8.00 p.m. (Every 10-15 minutes)
Fare : 10 baht

Bus Station - Tapong (White) via Wat Pa Pradu, Tapong Fruit Market 
The busses run daily from 05.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. (Every 5-10 minutes)
Fare : 5-7 baht

Bus Station - Nai Rai (Sky Blue) via Hat Mae Ramphueng, Ban Kon Ao
The busses run daily from 06.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. (Every 15 minutes)
Fare : 15 baht

Bus Station - Wang Kaew (White) via Rayong Chalet, Novotel
The busses run daily from 06.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m.(Every 15 minutes)
Fare : 15 baht

Bus Station - Laem Mae Phim (Dark Blue) via Ban Phe, Suan Son, Rayong Chalet, Novotel, Laem Mae Phim

The busses run daily from 06.15 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. (Every 15 minutes)
Fare : 15-25 baht

Laem Mae Phim - Klaeng (Green) via Laem Mae Phim, Sunthorn Phu Monument
The busses run daily from 05.30 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. (Every 10-15 minutes)
Fare : 20 baht

Bus Station - Klaeng (Yellow) via Wat Saranat
The busses run daily from 06.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m. (Every 10 minutes)
Fare : 20 baht

Khao Din - Khao Chamao (Green) via Khao Chamao & Klong Pla Gang Water Fall
The busses run daily from 06.00 a.m. until 4.00 p.m. (Every 20 minutes)
Fare : 20 baht

By Boat (to Ko Samet)

Ferry Timetables (from Ban Phe) :

Destination: Nadarn Pier (Saikaeo / Ao Phai / Ao Thapthim) 

Departure from Ban Phe : Every hour 

Fare/Trip : 50 baht

Departure from Destination : Every hour

Destination: Ao Wong Duen (Ao Nuan / Ao Saengthian)

Departure from Ban Phe : 9.00 a.m., 12.00 p.m., 1.30 p.m., 5.00 p.m.

Fare/Trip : 60 baht

Departure from Destination : 8.30 a.m., 12.00 p.m., 3.30 p.m., 4.00 p.m.

Destination: Ao Wai

Departure from Ban Phe : 11.30 a.m., 2.00 p.m.

Fare/Trip : 100 baht 

Departure from Destination : 2.00 p.m.

Destination: Ao Kui

Departure from Ban Phe : 10.00 a.m.

Fare/Trip : 120 baht

Departure from Destination : 10.00 a.m., 12.30 p.m., 3.00 p.m., 5.00 p.m.

For charters (15-60 persons) from Ban Phe Pier contact: 

Nuan Tip Pier Tel: 0 3865 1956, 651 508 or
Sri Ban Phe Pier Tel: 0 3865 1902

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