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Located approximately 220 kilometers from Bangkok, Rayong is another delightful seaside province on Thailand’s eastern Gulf coast. Most of Rayong Province is marked by mountains interspersed by flat plains and large tracts of fruit plantations and forests. However, the province is most well known for its pristine beaches stretching along its 100-kilometer coastline and its scenic waterfalls set amidst exotic surroundings. Aside from these natural attractions, Rayong produces an abundance of seafood products, such as shrimp paste, fish sauce, and dried seafood, and grows a number of tropical fruits of which rambutan, mangosteen and durian are the most famous. Historically, in the late Ayutthaya period following the razing of the capital city by the invading Burmese, General Tak (Phaya Tak) led a troop of patriots who broke through the cordon of besieging troops and marched to Rayong in order to build up his navy before proceeding onto 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, King Taksin returned to Ayutthaya, routed the Burmese and set up a new capital in Thonburi, across the river from modern-day Bangkok.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 lifestyles of the locals. Most renowned for its quiet and unspoiled beaches, including Mu Koh Samet National Park, Rayong is a popular beach getaway destination for Bangkok residents and a renowned producer of seafood related goods.
Koh Samet is six kilometers from Ban Phe and is part of the Khao Laem Ya-Mu Koh Samet
National Park. The majority of the beaches are on the eastern side of the island, while the west has only one.
The Beaches on the Eastern SideThe Eastern section of Koh Samet has long expansive beaches connected with each other. While it appears to be only one large patch of sand, each section has its own name. The majority of the accommodations are found here. You can find many places to suit your price range and can have either a bungalow with air-condition?ing or a fan. The most popular beaches on the eastern side are
Khao Laem Ya
From this sunset viewpoint, comprising scrub forest and cape, it is possible to see Mae Ramphueng Beach and Ko Samet. The 670 rai area is headquarters of the Khao Laem Ya – Mu Ko Samet National Park. Administration is 200 baht for adults and 100 baht for children. Accomodation is available. Camping is allowed. Tents are available for rent at 300-400 baht per person/night. Pitching a private tent requires paying a fee of 20 baht per person/night. Admission is Adult 200 baht Child 100 baht. For more information, call the National Parks Headquarters at Tel. 0 3865 3034, the National Park Department at Tel. 0 2562 0760
Hat Mae Ramphueng – Ban Kon Ao
Turn right on Sukhumvit road KM 229 and drive for another 12 kilometers to reach Hat Mae Ramphueng, this 10 kilometers beach has a slightly flat-slope to the sea which is perfect for beach activities.
Opening hours: 24hours daily
Phra Chedi Klang Nam (Wat Samut Khongkha or Wat Pak Nam)
Located about 2 kilometers from Rayong city, the pagoda is built at the center of the isle at the mouth of the Rayong River. Even the origin of the pagoda which stands about 10 meters high is still unknown, but the myth has its said that the sailors once used it as the sign of arrival in Rayong.
An annual celebration is held during November which features an exciting boat and Loy Krathong Festival.
Opening hours: Daily from 6am-5pm.
Khao Chamao – Khao Wong National Park
Established in 1975, this national park covered the area of 52,300 rai with the lush forest with a great variety of flora and fauna which is the watershed of the Prasae River. The park has two natural trails for tourists to explore into the nature and wildlife which are two and three kilometers long, respectively. Trailing in both routes is subjected to the prior registration at the tourist centre where houses and tents are included in the admission. An option for pitching the private tent cost an additional B30 per person per night.
Attractions in the national park:
· Namtok Khao Chamao or Namtok Klong Nam Sai is the crystal clear waterfall located one kilometer before the park. The waterfall comprises of seven levels stretching for three kilometers where the main pond is called Wang Matcha is the home for the brook carp.
· Pha Sawan The viewpoint is 1.5 kilometers from the park headquarters. Tourists should contact national park staff before exploring further to the viewpoint.
· Namtok Khlong Pla Kang is 3 kilometers from headquarter which is best known for its lush of Ferns and Orchids all over in this area.
· Namtok Khlong Hin Phoeng is actually the small waterfall in Chanthaburi province, 10 kilometers from headquarter. Best for natural lovers as the water flows all the year and a lot of wild flowers blooming all around the waterfall.
· Khao Wong has many Limestone Mountains surround a flattest plain in the middle with a total of 80 caves inside. This area is also a home for the mountain goat.
· Kromluang Chumphon Shrine is located 10 kilometers away after turned right at kilometer 274 off Sukhumvit Road. The shrine is where the statue of Kromluang Chomphonkhetudomsak, the founder of Thailand’s modern navy whose most honored by Thai people, is located.
Opening hours: daily from 6am-6pm.
Contact: P.O. Box 11, Amphoe Klaeng, Rayong. 038-020-510, 038-894-378.
Admission: B200 for adult and B100 for children.
Getting there: The national park locates 71 kilometers from Rayong town. Take the Sukhumvit Road and turn right at the Khao Din Intersection, kilometer 274 and drive for another 17 kilometers to reach the destination.