An introduction to Rayong
On the eastern seaboard of Thailand
|After the glitz and glitter of
Rayong offers much needed rest and relaxation. This quiet paradise,
now boasts a bustling industrial estate, is just an hour's drive
away from Pattaya.
Rayong is tropical, generally warm and
humid with abundant rainfall, average temperature is around 28 degrees
C. Best time to visit is from November through February.
lit is on Highway 3, about 220 kms from Bangkok or 185 kms on
Highway 36. It is a province known for its fine beaches, tasty food
and delectable durians. It has some interesting sight-seeing and
At Wat Lum Mahachai
Chumpon is The King Taksin Shrine. It was built in commemoration
of the occasion when King Taksin was rallying Thai people to fight
the Burmese invaders who were occupying the country. It is much
revered by the people, especially those of Chinese ancestry, and
during the Chinese New Year celebrations, it draws huge crowds of
In the main chapel hall of
Wat Pa Pradu, is a large reclining
Buddha, measuring some 11. 95 metres long and 3. 60 metres high.
The peculiarity of this reclining Buddha is that, it. reclines on
its left instead of on its traditional right.
|Phra Chedi Klang Nam, is a pagoda
erected on a small islet in the Rayong River. It is about 2 kms
south of town centre at the end of Taksin Maharaj Road. It is about
10 metres high, and annual festival is held in November, with boat
races, folk plays, and entertainments.
The Rayong City Pillar is highly-respected by the town people.
It is at Lak Muang Road. Originally the shrine was made of wood,
but reconstructed in brick and mortar.
Phra Buddha Angkirot is the principal
Buddha image of Rayong, and is enshrined in a Thai-style pavilion
at Suan Sri Muang, just behind the city hall.
Beyond the Town
Hat Sai Thong
is about 5 kms on laterite road at km. 208. It is also known as
the Golden Beach, a quiet and clean place, with bungalow-style accommodations.
For reservations call Hat Sai Thong. Tel. (038) 611025.
Koh Saket. it is a small off-shore
island and can be reached by taking a boat Hat Sai Thong. It takes
about 20 minutes to get to Koh Saket. There are a few bungalows
for rent and fresh water is transported to the island for drinking
and washing. The scenery is beautiful with long white beaches and
there is a modest restaurant also. The boat service commences from
9. 00 am. and the last boat from the island is at 5. 00 pm.
||Ban Phe. it is on
Sukhumvit Highway at km 231, take the left turn and proceed for
about 5 kms, is a small hamlet by the name of Ban Phe, where local
products such as fish sauce, cuttle-fish, dried shrimp and shrimp-paste
are available on sale.
It is 6. 5 kms and about 30 minutes by boat from Ban Phe. Thailand's
great poet Sunthon Phu wrote the story of Pra Apaimanee in the early
19th century on this island.
The islands of Kudi, Kruai,
Kham, and Plai Tin which make up the Khao Laem Ya-Samet Island Group
has been proclaimed as a national park by the Forestry Department
since October 1, 1981
Suan Wang Kaew
is about 11 kms further along the beach road. It has several
beaches and bays and is tastefully landscaped. There is also an
off-shore isle of Koh Thalu, popular for camping, skin diving, and
under-water explorations. For more information call 251-0836, 252-5053.
|Laem Mae Phim is very
suitable for swimming as waves are not too strong and the sea is
clean and clear. Koh Khee Pla is a small off-shore isle to the north
of Laem Mae Phim. For some unexplainable reasons, it can be reached
by just walking on every April 21st, when the tide goes down to
an extent that a 'road',
Wat Saranart Thamaram. it was built
in 1944, and is located at the entrance to Klaeng district at km
265 on Sukhumvit Highway. It has as its principal image, a replica
of the highly venerated Phra Buddha Chinarat of Phitsanulok. At
the four corners of the temple are replicas of four major Buddhist
monuments, namely, Phra Pathom Chedi, Phra That-Panom, Buddha Gaya,
and Phra That Chaiya.
|The Khao Cha-Mao National
Park, It is about 17 kms off main highway at km 274. It is
abound with various types of plants and trees, as well as those
species of high value as decorative plants. The Khao Cha-Mao waterfall
has 8 levels and is not too difficult to reach the top.
Khao Wong Cave. It is 77 kms from
town. There are about 80 big and small connecting chambers all of
which are richly and beautifully decorated, with natural stalactites
Ban Kon Ao.
8 kms from Ban Phe with beautiful beaches. At present there are
few private houses for rent.