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Rayong – city located on Eastern Gulf Coast of Thailand

Rayong is a city that is located on the Eastern Gulf Coast of Thailand. It is a province of Thailand.

Overview of Rayong

The neighboring provinces are Chon Buri and Chanthaburi. To the south is the Gulf of Thailand. This is about 179 km from Bangkok. This place is ideal for sea lovers as many beaches dot this province. This is also popular for its tropical fruits.
Some of the various tasty fresh tropical fruits are:
– Durian
– Rambutan
– Mangosteen
• This place is ideal for visitors after monsoon ends i.e. late-October.
• King Taksin came to Rayong after the fall of Ayutthaya. He built a navy in Rayong. He went on to Chantaburi to collect his arms to fight against the Burmese.
• There is a shrine in Rayong. Local people pay respect to Taksin in this shrine.
• The north side of the province is hilly.
• The province consists mostly of low coastal plains.
• Many islands in the Gulf of Thailand belong to the province.
• The popular tourist destinations are:
– Ko Samet
– Ko Mun
– Ko Kodi

Administrative divisions of Rayong

• The province is subdivided in 8 districts.
• These are further sub-divided in 58 sub-districts and 388 villages.
– Mueang Rayong
– Ban Chang
– Klaeng
– Wang Chan
– Ban Khai
– Pluak Daeng
– Khao Chamao
– Nikhom Phatthana Activities

Local Products of Rayong

• Preserved seafood
• Products from sedge mat
• Crystal products

Fruits of Rayong

During May and June
• Orchards in Rayong
• Durian
• Rambutan
• Mangosteen

Festivals and Events of Rayong

1. Rayong Fruit Festival
• Rayong’s fruit reaches peak in May of each year.
• The venue for celebration is changes between Mueang and Klaeng districts.

2. Sunthon Phu Day
• This is held on June 26 of each year.
• This is held at Sunthon Phu Monument, Klaeng district.
• The festival is held in the honor of the great poet.

3. Changing the robe for Phra Chedi Klang Nam
• The annual traditional event is held during the full-moon night of the 12th lunar month.
• It is held in November.
• The robe blanketing the pagoda is in the middle of the Rayong River.
• This is in Mueang district.
• The people will celebrate the event along with the Loi Krathong Festival.
• There is boat racing and local entertainment.

4. Thot Pha Pa Klang Nam
Loi Krathong Festival takes place each year on the full moon night of November.

Places to see in and around Rayong

• The Shrine of King Taksin the Great
• Wat Pa Pradu
• City Pillar Shrine
• Dhammarachanusomsatan
• Wat Ban Don Shadow Play Museum
• Phra Chedi Klang Nam
• Si Mueang Park
• Hat Laem Charoen
• Hat Saeng Chan
• Hat Mae Ramphueng – Ban Kon Ao
• Khao Laem Ya
• Rayong Aquarium
• Sopha Botanical Park
• Suan Son
• Khao Laem Ya – Mu Ko Samet National Park
• Ko Samet
• Ko Kruai
• Ko Kham
• Ko Pla Tin
• Ko Kudi
• Ko Kut
• Ko Thalu

Wat Saranat Thammaram
Four major pagodas surround the Ubosot. They include:
– Phra Pathom Chedi
– Phrathat Phanom
– Replica of Bodh Gaya
– Phrathat Chaiya

Best time to visit / climate

• Thailand is largely tropical.
• It’s hot and humid all year around with temperatures in the 28-35°C range (82-95°F).
• From November to the end of February, it doesn’t rain much and temperatures are at their lowest.
• From March to June, Thailand swelters in temperatures as high as 40°C (104°F).
• From July to October, although it only really gets underway in September, tropical monsoons hit most of the country.

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How to get there?

There are 3 ways to travel to Rayong from Bangkok:
1. By Bus
• Buses leave the Eastern Bus Terminal at Ekamai to Rayong and its districts.
• For more information, Tel. +66 2712 3662 or Rayong branch at Tel. +66 3886 1354–5
• Cherdchai Tour Co.,Ltd., Bangkok, Tel. +66 2391 2237, Rayong branch, Tel. +66 3867 4144.
• Buses serving Rayong are also available from the Northern Bus Terminal Tel. +66 2936 1216, +66 2936 0199
• Rayong is the gateway from the East to the North and Northeast of Thailand.
• There are many regular bus services connecting Rayong, Bangkok, and other provinces. The provinces are:
– Chiang Mai
– Nong Khai
– Nakon Ratchasima
– Ubon Ratchathani

• Suvarnabhumi Airport is located east of Bangkok, 150 km from Rayong.
• Transport by car/taxi and bus takes about 2 hours.
• Intercity buses from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Rayong.
• Service hours from 06:00 to 21:00.

Bus from Bangkok to Rayong
• Bus leaves from Ekamai bus station and Mo Chit bus station.
• Service from 04:00 until 22:00, every 40 minutes.
• It takes about 3 hours.
• There is also a minibus that leaves from Victory Monument.
• It leaves approximately every 45 minutes.
• The minivans are parked at the Century Mall and you can buy a ticket in the basement of the mall.
• The minivan will drop you off by the Clock Tower in Rayong.

2. By car or taxi
From Bangkok, driving to Rayong: Via Sukhumvit Rd, Hwy 3
• Drive via Bang Pu, Bang Pakong, Bang Saen,Si Racha, Pattaya, Sattahip, Ban Chang to Mueang district of Rayong.
• This route totals 220 km.
From Bangkok, driving to Rayong: Via Bang Na-Trat Rd, Hwy 34
• Drive through Bang Phli and Bang Bo districts of Samut Prakan province before entering Hwy 3 at in Bang Pakong.
• Then continue in the same direction as the first route.
• The route is a total of 220 km.
From Bangkok, driving to Rayong: Via Hwy 36
• Drive on the second route till 140 km, in Bang Lamung, and turn left to Hwy 36. Rayong is 70 km away.
• This route totals 210 km.
From Bangkok, driving to Rayong: Via Hwy 344, from Chon Buri
• Drive through Ban Bueng, Nong Yai, Wang Chan, to Klaeng district of Rayong.
• This route is 180 km and suits those who are going to visit attractions in Klaeng or continue their journey to Chanthaburi and Trat Provinces.
• Rayong is 42 km away by Hwy 3.
From Bangkok, driving to Rayong: Via Hwy 7, from Phattanakan Road
• Drive to Chon Buri then use Hwy 36 to reach Rayong.
• This route is a distance of 175 km.
• From Bangkok City by Hwy 3, Sukhumvit Rd is 3 hours.

3. By Plane
It takes about 45 minutes from Bangkok airport to Utapao International Airport by Orient Thai Airlines and Bangkok Airway.

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