Attraction in Thailand : Rayong & Chanthaburi

Ang Thong
Bangkok & Neighboring city
Chai Nat
Hua Hin
Lop Buri
Nakorn Nayok
Phetchaburi - Cha Am
Rayong & Chanthaburi
Sing Buri
Suphan Buri

Rayong & Chanthaburi are neighboring coastal provinces on Thailand's Eastern Seaboard. Rayong province covers some 3,562 square kilometers. Rayong's provincial capital is 179 kilometers southeast of Bangkok. Chanthaburi covers some 6,338 square kilometers. The provincial capital is some 245 kilometers from Bangkok, and some 110 kilometers east of Rayong. Both provinces are well known among Thais for their tropical fruits, fine beaches, national parks and natural beauty.

Rayong - Attractions - in the city

King Taksin Shrine

The shrine is located in front of Wat Lum Mahachai Chumphon, and commemorates King Taksin's brief sojourn in Rayong following the fall of the ancient Siamese capital of Ayutthaya in 1767 to invading Burmese. A Thai nobleman who escaped Ayutthaya before its fall, Taksin was acclaimed king in Rayong, and is remembered as the monarch who rallied the Thais, and expelled Burmese invaders before establishing a new Thai capital in Thon Buri, currently that part of Bangkok occupying the west bank of the Chao Phraya River. A large tree in front of the shrine is believed to have been the place where Taksin's elephant was stabled. The shrine is highly revered, particularly by Thais of Chinese ancestry, and traditionally attracts large crowds during Chinese New Year celebrations.

Wat Pa Pradu

This Ayutthaya period (1350-1767) temple enshrines a large Reclining Buddha image, unusual in that the almost 12-metre-long image reclines on its left side, not the more conventional right.

Phra Chedi Klang Nam

This 10-metre-high chedi is located on an islet at the estuary of the Rayong River. Annual celebrations in the vicinity each November feature exciting boat races.

Si Muang Park

Located in the town center, behind the city hall, the park contains a Buddhist shrine in traditional Thai architectural style.

Rayong - Attractions - out of the city

Sai Thong Beach

This fine sandy beach enjoys a peaceful and secluded setting. Bungalow accommodation is available. The beach is some 17 kilometers west of the provincial capital.

Ko Saket

This small island is some 10 minutes from Sai Thong Beach. Clear island waters permit fascinating underwater views of coral formations. Bungalow accommodation is available.

Phayun & Phala Beaches

Located in Ban Chang district, some 33 and 36 kilometers respectively from the provincial capital, both beaches are connected, peaceful and eminently suitable for swimming. Luxury hotel and economy bungalow accommodation is available.

Fruit Orchards

Fruits are famous in Rayong, particularly from mid-May until the end of June when durians, rambutans and mangosteens are available, of excellent quality and at reasonable prices. Several orchards in Rayong welcome tourists to visit and sample their succulent fruits.

Mae Ramphueng Beach

This 10-kilometer-long beach falls within the Khao Laem Ya-Ko Samet Group National Park. It is eminently suitable for swimming and contains a particularly picturesque headland.

Ban Kon Ao

A hilltop temple dominates this fishing village, 22 kilometers from the provincial capital. The area is subject to wind and sea erosion. Beachside palms appear to rise from sand pedestals bound together by tree roots.

Sopha Botanical Gardens

Located 17 kilometers from town, and near the ferry to Samet Island, the gardens contain the most varied tree and plant collections in Thailand. Traditional Thai architecture helps beautify the area, besides displaying Thai antiques.

Khao Laem Ya-Ko Samet Group National Park

Khao Laem Ya is located on the mainland, some 6 kilometers from Ban Phe fishing village. Ko Samet, on which Thailand's most popular poet, Sunthon Phu, created his most famous work, Phra Aphai Mani, lies some 40 minutes offshore. The park also encompasses major mainland beaches and lesser islands to the east of Ko Samet.

Ban Phe

22 kilometers southeast of the provincial capital, this busy fishing community is the major point of departure for visitors to Ko Samet. Ban Phe is famous among Thais for its fish sauce and dried marine products.

Ko Samet

This is Rayong's major attraction; a palm fringed Tropical Island with fine white sandy beaches to the east, and rocky headlands to the west. Snorkeling, windsurfing, swimming, sailing and sunbathing number among major beach activities. There is a large choice of accommodation facilities. Satellite and somewhat pettite islands to the east include Ko Kudi, Ko Khangkhao and Ko Rusi.

Suan Son

Located one kilometer east of Ban Phe, and also known as the Casuarinas (pine) garden, the area is characterized by these shade-giving trees, which line the beachfront road for about a kilometer. The area is a favorite spot for picnics.

Laem Mae Phim

Located 40 kilometers from the provincial capital, at Km 26 on the coastal road between Ban Phe and Klaeng, this popular beach attracts local tourists who frequent roadside vendors selling fruits, fried squid, skewered oysters and other local delicacies.

Mun Islands

These 3 islands can be conveniently visited from Laem Mae Phim. Fine sandy beaches characterize the islands. Accommodation facilities are available.

Sunthon Phu Memorial Park

53 kilometers from the provincial capital, on the road towards Klaeng, this memorial park is located at Kram village, the birthplace of the poet's father. Designated by UNESCO as an eminent classical poet, Sunthon Phu (1786-1855) composed his famous epic poem Phra Aphai Mani on nearby Samet Island.

Khao Chamao-Khao Wong National Park

This national park is located some 17 kilometers off Sukhumvit Highway at Km. 274, and some 76 kilometers from the provincial capital. The park contains numerous plant and tree species, colorful butterflies and birds, and a gently flowing eight-level waterfall.

Rayong - Special Events

New Year & Red Cross Fair

Staged from December 28 until January 3, the event features special exhibitions and entertainment.

Fruit Fair

Generally staged during mid-May, the fair celebrates local tropical fruits, and features colorful floats, processions, beauty pageants and local produce.

Phra Chedi Klang Nam Fair

This annual celebration occurs during the twelfth lunar month at the time of Loi Krathong, Thailand's lovely 'Festival of Lights' and features exciting boat races.

Chanthaburi - Attractions - in the city

King Taksin the Great Monument

The equestrian statue of the king dominates the provincial capital's park. The statue is prominently featured on the green 20 baht Thai banknote.

Thailand's Largest Church

The riverside distinctly French style Church of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Christian church in Thailand and dates from the late 1800s.

Noen Wong Fort

This is part of the city wall built during the reign mid-1800s as protection against Vietnamese forces. Old cannon fortresses are still evident. A Maritime Museum in the compound behind the fort wall houses archaeological treasures, mostly medieval pottery, recovered from sunken merchant vessels in the Thai Gulf.

Attractions - out of the city

Phlio Waterfall National Park

The 42,000-acre national park some 50 kilometers east of Chanthaburi contains numerous species of wild animals, birds and trees and plants. The focal point is the petite waterfall that gives the park its name.

Laem Sing Cape

Some 31 kilometers west of Chanthaburi's provincial capital, this area comprises largely a fishing community with beachside restaurants specializing in native- style seafood. Two historical structures in the immediate vicinity, namely the Khuk Khi Kai, a jail built by the French in 1893 to house Thai prisoners, upon whom chickens used to defecate, giving the jail its name, and the Tuk Daeng, originally the headquarters of a fort, but used as a residence by French officers, attest to Indochina's colonial past.

Oasis Sea World

This coastal marine center some 6 kilometers from Laem Sing Cape breeds and conserves dolphins from local waters. The center stages daily dolphin shows and contains a small zoo and aviary.

Khao Khitchakut National Park

Some 30 kilometers from the provincial capital, via a turning at Km 304 on Sukhumvit Highway, and a 21-kilometer drive through farmland and forest, this national park contains the Krathing Waterfall and a famous cave named Tham Rusi (Hermit's Cave) in a forest setting.

Laem Sadet, Khung Wiman & Chao Lao Beach

Accessible from Km. 301 on Sukhumvit Highway, and a subsequent 27-kilometer drive, the natural combination of beach, cape, mountain and bay provide a soothing setting for swimming and sunbathing.

Local Products Gemstones

The town area around Si Chan Road is a major center for Chanthaburi's nationally renowned gemstones, principally rubies and blue star sapphires, which are locally mined and polished, and can be purchased by the carat or in finished jewelry settings.

Reed Mats

Chanthaburi has long been known as a major producer of reed mats. Modern techniques have been employed to produce other products, including handbags, place mats and paper holders.

Tropical Fruits

Chanthaburi's orchards are famous for their succulent fruits, which include Rambutans, Durians, Mangosteens, Lagsat and Zalacca.

Chanthaburi - Special Events

Fruit Fair

Also staged mid-May, this fruit fair in the provincial capital celebrates the abundance of durians, mangosteens, rambutans and other local delicacies. Cultural shows and exhibitions number among other attractions.