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.
There are 3 ways to travel to Rayong from Bangkok: by bus, car/taxi, and airplane.
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 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.
Bus from Bangkok to Rayong: Bus leaves from Ekamai bus station and Mo Chit bus station. Service from 04:00 until 22:00, every 40 minutes and takes about 3 hours.
There is also a minibus that leaves from Victory Monument. It leaves approximately every 45 minutes. The minivans are parked at the Century Mall and you can buy a ticket in the basement of the mall. The minivan will drop you off by the Clock Tower in 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.
By car or taxi
From Bangkok, driving to Rayong is easy.
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.
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.
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 buses, minibuses, and songteows, to just about everywhere. Sois 39,41 and 43 are all interconnected, and all lead to the bus station.
Fruit at Tapong fruit market.
Seafood at Laem Charoen Restaurant in Rayong downtown.
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 Suvanarbumi Airport (starts from No. 1 bus station and calls at No. 2, ends up at Mo Chit). 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.