Rayong

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Rayong (ระยอง) is the capital city of the Province of this name on the Eastern Gulf Coast of Thailand.

Understand[edit]

On the eastern gulf coast of Thailand, 179 km from Bangkok. Modest beaches dotted around Rayong Province are tranquil paradises for sea lovers who wish for hideaway places near the capital. Months of monsoon allow lush forest as well as fruit orchards to cool the heat of the day, and give produce during May of each year, so fruit lovers always travel here for various tasty fresh tropical fruits, particularly durian, rambutan, and mangosteen. After the end of the monsoon season in late-October, the crystal clear waters off Rayong along its hundred kilometre coastline welcomes all visitors.

Get in[edit]

There are 3 ways to travel from Bangkok to Rayong: by bus, car/taxi, and airplane.

By bus[edit]

As at Nov 2016: All buses now terminate at the new distant bus terminal some 10 Km outside the City to the north. Minibuses MAY go into the City, and you can get out along the main road within the City centre.

Buses leave the Eastern Bus Terminal at Ekamai to Rayong and its districts via many routes. You can select to go to Rayong, Ban Phe, Klaeng, Laem Mae Phim, Map Ta Phut, or Prasae. For more information, Tel. +66 23 912504, Rayong Bus Terminal, Tel. +66 38 611379. Rayong Tour Co, Ltd., privately-owned buses, operates a faster bus service via Hwy 7. For more information, Tel. +66 27 123662 or Rayong branch at Tel. +66 38 861354–5, Cherdchai Tour Co.,Ltd., Bangkok, Tel. +66 2 3912237, Rayong branch, Tel. +66 38 674144. Buses serving Rayong are also available from the Northern Bus Terminal Tel. +66 2 9361216, +66 2 9360199

Rayong is the gateway from the east to the north and northeast of Thailand. As such, there are many regular bus services connecting Rayong with Bangkok, and other provinces such as 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. The bus route was found to be cancelled on Apr 30, 2013. There is no bus to go from the public transport center of the Airport. It is unknown when the service will resume.

Take a shuttle bus (Route A) from Suvarnabhumi Airport from Level 2 or 4, at Entrances 3, 6, and 9 to the Public Transportation Centre, free of charge. Then go to the Intercity Bus Counter and buy your ticket to Rayong. Beware of hustlers.

From Bangkok to Rayong:
Bus leaves from Ekkamai bus station and Mo Chit bus station. Service from 04:00 until 22:00, every 40 minutes and takes about 3 hours. There are no longer any from Victory Monument.
Direct Minivan routes now go from Mo Chit 2 (not BTS!) to Rayong Bus Terminal 2 in 2.5h for B160 (Feb 2017). The vans pass by ARL station "Lat Krabang" for dropping passengers and in theory you can be picked up there too. Call company headquarter 086-3554902 / 094-9960569 (Mo Chit) or 081-0014400 / 084-8707113 (Rayong).

A minibus from Chachoengsao will cost B150. It goes via Chonburi and Pattaya,taking 3 hours. It continues past Soi 39 bus station road, so ask to get off here beforehand.

A minibus from Rangsit, north of Bangkok, will cost B200 and take 2.5 hours. It drives along the main road after the out of town bus station, so you can get out within the City centre.

By car or taxi[edit]

From Bangkok, driving to Rayong is easy.

  1. 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.
  1. Via Bang Na-Trat Rd, Hwy 34: drive through Bang Phli and Bang Bo districts of Samut Prakan Province before entering Hwy 3 at km70 in Bang Pakong. Then continue in the same direction as the first route. The route is a total of 220 km.
  1. Via Hwy 36: drive on the second route till km140, in Bang Lamung, and turn left to Hwy 36. Rayong is 70 km away. This route totals 210 km.
  1. Via Hwy 344, from Chonburi: 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 via Hwy 3.
  1. Via Hwy 7, from Phattanakan Rd: drive to Chonburi, 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.

You can hire a taxi from the Bangkok area to Rayong Province for about 3,000 baht. Only use taxis with metres. You can negotiate a cheaper fare with the taxi driver. This will work out cheaper and you are unlikely to be taken a slower, longer route. You will still have to pay the expressway tolls if you take that route.

By plane[edit]

U-Tapao is the local airport, and serves both Rayong and Pattaya.

As at Jan 2016, an internet check showed that no airline flies to or from Bangkok.

However, Bangkok Airways flies to and from Koh Samui and Phuket ; Thai Airasia to and from Chiangmai, Udon Thani and Hat Yai; and Kana Airlines to and from Chiangmai.

Not all of these flights are daily.

Check with your agent.

Get around[edit]

The in town bus station is off Sukumwit Road, Highway 3, which is the main road through the city. It is located in Soi 39, which is on the left coming from Bangkok. From here go the songteows, to just about everywhere. Sois 39,41 and 43 are all interconnected, and all lead to the bus station.

There are no longer any buses or minibuses from here - all terminate at the distant bus station (although some minibuses will come along the main road).

To get to and from the two terminals, take a songteow (2 bench pickup truck) from the old terminal, going to Maptaput (red colour), or to Nikhom Sang Taeng (white colour). THese will stop at the distant terminal on the way there. If coming from the new terminal, check to see which way they are going before you get on. Cost is B15.

See[edit][add listing]

Bhumiburi Sri Rayong Festival is one of Thailand’s beautiful festivals. The festival is held annually in Rayong, small city locating in the eastern part of Thailand. It takes place at Rayong old road, Yomjinda Rd. Bhumiburi Sri Rayong brings back traditional Rayong, and conserves beautiful Rayong’s culture. In the festival, Rayong people get together, some will wear traditional clothes as they are walking along the road, enjoying Thai local food, and admiring old fashioned buildings. (กนิษฐ์, 2006) In the festival, You can also see "Thai puppets" Rayong museum and old-fashioned building

Bhumiburi Sri Rayong.jpg

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Traditional Thai massage, Wat Don. Good value authentic Thai massage by fully trained and qualified masseurs. 150 baht for around 1.5 hours.  edit
  • Bhumiburi Srirayong festival Shopping for local products, local food, and Thai dessert.

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Fruit at Tapong fruit market.

Eat[edit][add listing]

Seafood at Laem Charoen Restaurant in Rayong downtown.

  • Street Eats There are few street eats as at Nov 2016. Some near the hospital south along the main road, but the ones which were at the in town market are now only takeaways.

Local food and Thai dessert: Salim, Lodchong(rice noodles made of rice eaten with coconut cream), grass jelly, Baht-ice cream, peeled and chopped sugarcane, boiled potatoes, local oranges, Kanom tom(Thai coconut dumplings), Kanom chan, Pad thai, Kow ho gap and many more.

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • The Love Club, 170/26 Rajbamrung Rd, +66 86 3377866. 17:00-04:00. A stage full of Thai girls dancing in short-shorts and bikini tops alternate with live bands. Whiskey and other liquors available by the bottle with mixers of your choice. They also have hookah pipes.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Purimas Beach Hotel and Spa, 34 Payoon-Namrin Rd, +66 38 630382-90, [1]. Purimas Beach Hotel & Spa is located in Banchang, Rayong. Rooms equipped with air-conditioning, balcony/lanai, Internet connection and mini-bar. Some of its facilities and services are the Spice Garden Restaurant, fitness room/gym, beauty parlour, swimming pool, room service, airport and city transfers. From 2,300 baht.  edit
  • President Hotel, 16/8 Pojanakorn Rd, 038 611 307, [2]. This hotel is in the other side of the main road opposite Soi 37, which is a little to the right of the bus station soi. It is about 100 metres along the road, on the right. It is a modern and decent hotel. Aircon, lift, bar fridge, TV and hot water. English spoken at reception. There is a restaurant onsite which is open only until early afternoon. Breakfast is included in the price. B800, and Credit card will attract a 3% surcharge.  edit
  • The Brookside Valley Resort. Brookside Valley Resort is a very beautiful resort which located on the hill with clear atmosphere. The architect designed this resort looks western with many colorful buildings and homestay covered by the forest and little stream. It’s not only a good environment but also has many beautiful flower garden. It’s about 800,000 square meters with good view for tourist to take photo.
    The Brookside Valley Resort
    This resort also has many activities and facilities for fun and relaxation, such as walk rally, Adventure Park, challenger zone and souvenir shop. The facilities include restaurants such as The Cove, which located on the riverside with fresh atmosphere and many kind of foods. Panorama, the indoor restaurant located on the riverside covered by lake and good nature. Torr Steak & Coffee, the restaurant in resort that feel like western restaurant which has many kind of steak and coffee. There is also a pool with huge space and also a souvenir shop. For an activity, there are a strawberry town, which has many colorful buildings with western design where tourists can take a photo. Uncle Sam’s Farm, a Sheep farm that you can feed and take a photo of a herd of sheep. You can also survey around the resort to make photo trip around the resort.
    Strawberry Farm
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Get out[edit]

NOTE: All buses and minibuses now go from new bus station, some 10 km out of town. See in "Get Around" how to get to and from.

There are two bus stations, No. 1 (centre of town, Sukumwit Soi 39), and No. 2 (out of town). Bus 9904 goes from Rayong Bus Station to Suvarnabhumi Airport.Cost to the airport is 150 baht, time to airport 3.5 hrs. The bus is direct on the highway after the first hour of travel. Minivans go to BKK airport from Ban Phe.

Songteows to Sea Beach Rampueng,about 15 Km out to the East along highway 3, then turn right at the Temple out of town; are light blue. The fare is B25. Starts from the in town bus terminal, out front.

Songteows to Ban Phe, also in the same direction as the above, but go past the temple and turn right later,are very dark blue and cost B25. Starts from the in town bus terminal.

A minibus from the bus terminal to Pattaya will cost B100.

A minibus from the terminal to Chonburi will cost B120.

A minibus to Mo Chit will cost B180 and stops at Victory Monument first for the same price.

A minibus to Rangsit, north of Bangkok will cost B200 and take 2.5 hours.

A minibus to Ekkamai goes from the new bus terminal and costs B160.


Routes through Rayong
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