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


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]

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[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 buses, minibuses, and songteows, to just about everywhere. Sois 39,41 and 43 are all interconnected, and all lead to the bus station.

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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

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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.
  • 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 If you go along between Soi 37 and 41 on the right hand side of the road towards BKK in the evening, you will see stalls which serve meals, and have tables and chairs for you to sit and eat.

Also, if you walk along Soi 35 a couple of hundred metres, you will see to the left a Tesco Lotus, and immediately before this on the left are the street eats.All the above have tables and chairs etc. There is a wide range of meals, but all written in Thai. So point and ask - very few are spicy.

For the street eats, some do have beer, but if not, buy from a 711 and get them to open it for you.

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.

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.
  • 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, and at April 2014 was being renovated outside. 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 good and cheap. As at March 2016, the renovation is complete and the prices and service are the same. B500 (but they also have B400 rooms)Credit card will attract a 3% surcharge.

Get out[edit]

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.

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

Routes through Rayong
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