is blessed with its abundance of nature beauty. It has a well
deserved reputation for producing seafood products such as shrimp
paste, fish sauce and dried seafood, and tropical fruits of which
rambutan, mangosteen and durian are the most famous.
In general the geography of Rayong is marked by a series of
mountains interspersed by flat plains and large tracts of land under
forest, rubber and fruit plantation. Offshore, there are many
islands which are well-known by the tourist, such as Ko Samet and Ko
Rayong is located in the east coast of Thailand on the northern
shoreline of the Gulf of Thailand, about 179 kilometers from
Rayong has an extensive coastline stretching for approximately 100
kilometers, and some 3,552 kilometers square in area, and is
divided into 6 administrative districts and 2 sub-district. To
the north and the west they are bordered by the province of
Chonburi, the east by Chanthaburi Province and the south by the Gulf
of Thailand. The total population of the province is about
508,398 persons. (In 1996)
The climate is tropical, generally warm and humid with abundant
rainfall, average temperature is around 28 C. The best months
are November through February.
Rayong was mentioned in the Thai history during the late
Ayutthaya period, when the former capital was razed to the ground by
the invading Burmese. At this time Phraya Tak, later to become King
Taksin of Thonburi, led a band of patriots and broke out through the
cordon of besieging troops who has surrounded the capital. Then he
made this way towards the coast stopping in Rayong to build up his
navy before proceeding on to Chantaburi. Because of his
courage and bravery, the soldiers and local populations anointed him
as "King" in Rayong. Once he has built up sufficient troop strength,
Phraya Taksin returned to Ayutthaya and routed the Burmese and set
up a new capital in Thonburi
How to get there
Rayong is connected by regular bus services with Bangkok and other
towns and provinces (Pattaya, Chonburi, Chanthaburi, Chiang Mai,
Khon Kaen, Nong Khai, Surin and Ubon Ratchathani) Air conditions
leave Bangkok to Rayong from Eastern Bus Terminal on
Sukhumvit Road, Ekamai.
Tel. (066) (02) 7123662 Rayong: Tel. (066) (038) 861354-5 and from
North Eastern Bus Terminal (Morchit 2) on Kampaengpet Rd. Jatujak.
Tel (066)(02) 7123662 Ext.1
Bangkok- Rayong (Ekamai)
Air conditioned buses from Ekamai leave Bangkok every 30-40
minutes from 04:30 a.m. until 07:20 p.m. and from Rayong Starts at
03:30 a.m. until 08:30 p.m. One way fare is 101 baht.
The trip takes about 3 hours Second Air conditioned buses leave
Bangkok from 03:30 a.m.-04:30 p.m. One way fare is 87 baht.
Bangkok-Rayong (Morchit 2)
Air condition buses Morchit 2 leave Bangkok every 01:30
hour from 04:30 a.m. until 09:00 p.m. And from Rayong starts at
04:30 a.m. until 07:30 p.m One way fare is 100 baht. The trip
takes about 3:30 hours
Air condition buses leave Bangkok to Ban Phe every 1 hour from 05:00
a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and leave Ban Phe to Bangkok from 04:00 a.m.
until 06:30 p.m. One way fare is 108 baht.
Bangkok-Klaeng (Sam Yan)
Air condition buses leave Ekamai Terminal from 05:00 a.m. until
10:00 p.m and leave Kleang from 04:30 a.m.-07:30 p.m. every 1 hour.
One way fare is 103 Baht. The trip takes about 4 hours. Bangkok:
Tel. (066) (02) 3912237 Klaeng: Tel. (066) (038) 674144
Air condition buses leave Ubonratchathani and Rayong from 06:30
a.m.-07:30 p.m. (Through Srisaket, Surin, Burirum, Nakornratchasima,
Chachoeng-sao, and Pattaya) One way fare is 440 Baht. The trip takes
about 13 hours. Ubon: Tel. (045) 255577 Rayong: Tel. (066) (038)
Air condition buses leave Nong Kai from 07:00 a.m.-07:20 p.m.
(Through Udonthani, KhonKaen, Korat, Chachoeng-sao and Pattaya and
leave Rayong from 07:00 a.m.- 08:20 p.m.) One way fare is 396 baht.
The trip takes about 14 hours. Contact to 407 Pattaya Tour, Nong
Kai: Tel. (042) 411261 Rayong: Tel. (066) (038) 612179
Air condition buses leave Korat 06:00 a.m.- 09:00 p.m. and leave
Rayong from 06:00 a.m. -09:.00 p.m. One way fare is 201 baht. Second
class leave from 06:30 a.m.- 04:00 p.m. One way fare is 160 baht.
Contact to Rayong bus station Tel. (066) (038) 611379
Nakornratchasima: Tel. (044) 256006-9
V.I.P.buses leave Chiang Mai from 05:00 a.m.-05:45 p.m. and leave
Rayong at 08:15 a.m., 04:10 p.m., 05:45 p.m. One way fare is 575
baht Air condition buses leave Chiang Mai from 05:00 a.m.-05:45 p.m.
and leave Rayong at 05.00 p.m. One way fare is 505 baht. Tel. (044)
Regular buses leave Chanthaburi from 05:30 a.m.-05:30 p.m. every 30
minutes. The trip take about 2:30 hours. One way fare is 40 baht.
Leave Chanthaburi at Vong Vian Nampu (fountain) area and leave
Rayong at Clock tower area from 06:00 a.m.-05:00 p.m. (Monday from
5:00a.m.) The trip take about 1:30 hours The fare is 400 baht /4
Leave Chanthaburi at Vong Vian Nampu area and leave Rayong at Clock
tower area from 06:00 a.m.-05:00 p.m. (Monday from 05:00 a.m.) The
trip take about 2 hours. The fare is 500-600 baht per 5-6 persons.
Regular buses (Old line) (Through Mabtapud-Ban
Chang-Sattahip-Pattaya-Sriracha and Bangsaen). The fare is about 40
Regular buses (New line) (Through Mabkha-Yag Krathing Lai) The fare
is about 40 baht.
Taxi leave Rayong at OTANI hotel area and leaving Chonburi at Tambon
Tha Kian from 06:10 a.m. until 06:30 p.m. every 50 minutes. The trip
take 1 hour. One way fare is 120 baht.
Contact Bangsaenmahanakorn, Chonburi. Tel: (066) (038) 282537
Public urban transportation within Rayong is in the form of
minibuses. Local buses leave the bus station at Rayong Trade Centre
for various destinations throughout the day .The fare is 5-20 baht
depend on the distance.
Boat to Ko Samet
Kho Samet can reach by boat from Ban Phe.Boats leaving Ban Phe for
Kho Samet through the day from 6:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. One way
fare is 30 baht. The trip takes 40 minutes.
Bangkok Airways operates regular scheduled flights from Samui
Island to Rayong-Utapao International Airport. For information
contact Bangkok Airway Tel. (066) (02) 2293456, Don Muang
office Tel. (066) (02) 5352497-8 and Pattaya office Tel. (066) (038)
411965, 710084 Samui office , Tel. (066) (077) 425012 Orient Thai
Airline operates regular scheduled flights from Chaing
Mai-Rayong-Utapao-Bangkok. For information contact Orient Thai
Airline in Utapao , Tel: (066) (038) 2455967 and Chaing Mai office
Tel. (066) (053) 201566-7, 272040 Phuket office Tel. (066)
This annual fair , usually during the middle of May,
celebrates the abundance of local fruits and products. Besides
stalls selling local fruits and products, there are colorful floats
decorated with fruits, parades, musical, and dance processions,
beauty pageants, fruits contests and exhibitions of local products.
Phra Chedi Klang Nam Fair
This annual celebration is held in the twelfth lunar month during
Loi Krathong festival, to pay homage the Chedi. The fair also
features exciting boat races.
Sunthorn Phu Fair
This annual fair ,held on June,26 at Sunthon Phu's statue tambon
Kram Klaeng district. There are ceremony to respect Sunthon Phu and
exhibition such as literary work and drama.
Year New and Red Cross Fair
This fair is held from December 28 until January 3 with a
board range of entertainment spectacles and special exhibition of
government and private agencies.