The Shrine of King Taksin the Great (ศาลสมเด็จพระเจ้าตากสิน) Located in Wat Lum Mahachai Chumphon, Taksin Road, with a huge tree of 300 years old at the front. Folklore says that King Taksin the Great tied his elephant to the tree while leading the troops to Chanthaburi for retrieving the Kingdom of Siam from Burmese occupation. The shrine houses a statue of King Taksin the Great.
How to get there: From Mueang distirct, take Sukhumvit Road for 200 metres and turn right at the Taksin intersection into Taksin Maharat Road.
Wat Pa Pradu (วัดป่าประดู่) Located on Sukhumvit Road in Mueang municipality, this ancient temple dates back to the Ayutthaya period. The temple was honoured as a royal temple in the year 1990. The wihan houses a large reclining Buddha image, 11.95 metres long and 3.60 metres High. Unusually, the reclining Buddha image lies on its left-hand side. The image was first built outdoor and the Wihan was built later in 1981.
How to get there: The temple is accessible by two routes. The first route: From Mueang district, take Sukhumvit Road via Rayong Hospital and Wat Pa Pradu School, then turn left into Pa Pradu Road to reach the temple. The second route: From Highway 36, bypass road, turn right to Chantha Udom Road at Ko Loi Intersection. Through Mueang district, turn right into Sukhumvit Road and follow the first route to the temple.
City Pillar Shrine (ศาลหลักเมือง) Located on Lak Mueang Road, this shrine was first built of wood. Then it was replaced by a concrete construction with Chinese characteristics. The old city pillar was formerly in front of the shrine. A new one was later set up with a four-porched shelter. A celebration is held annually during the Songkran festival in mid - April.
Wat Ban Don Shadow Play Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์หนังใหญ่วัดบ้านดอน) Located in Wat Ban Don, exhibiting a hundred Nang Yai shadow play characters, or Nang Yai, which is a large piece of leather carved and painted into different characters. Aged over 200 years, these characters were brought from Phatthalung in 1988. For the Nang Yai performance, please contact 3 days in advance. Tel. 0 5087 0235, 0 9831 6053.
Phra Chedi Klang Nam (พระเจดีย์กลางน้ำ) In the middle of the Rayong River, two kilometres south of downtown near the mouth of the river, is located a pagoda on an island. It is a landmark for the crew to indicate that they are reaching Rayong province. On the full moon day of the twelfth lunar month, a celebration will be held to change the robe covering the pagoda. Boat races and the Loi Krathong Festival will be celebrated here.
Si Mueang Park (สวนศรีเมือง) Called Ko Klang by the people of Rayong , this park totalling an area of 70 rai is located behind the city hall. This place was once used for the execution of prisoners and now it has been rebuilt as a park for people to enjoy. At the front of the park is a famous Buddha image of Rayong, Phra Phuttha Angkhirot.
Had Laem Charoen (หาดแหลมเจริญ) Near the mouth of the Rayong River, five kilometres south of downtown, is the nearest beach from Rayong. Tourists love to enjoy the sea and seafood for dinner at Laem Charoen Beach, which is also a famous place for its fish sauce.
Had Saeng Chan (หาดแสงจันทร์) Some seven kilometres from Rayong town, connecting to Laem Charoen Beach, the Saeng Chan Beach is a nice sandy beach where tourists can enjoy swimming and dining. Lots of restaurants are available for selection.
Had Mae Ramphueng - Ban Kon Ao (หาดแม่รำพึง – บ้านก้นอ่าว) Some 11 kilometres from Rayong town, make a right turn on Sukhumvit Road at kilometre 229 and head for Mae Ramphueng Beach which stretches for 12 kilometres. There is various accommodation for tourists along this clean beach. The beach road, 10 kilometres long, leads to Ban Kon Ao local fishery village.
Khao Laem Ya (เขาแหลมหญ้า) Follow the beach road, a bit beyond Ban Kon Ao, to reach the seaside hill. 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. Accommodation 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. For more information, call the National Parks Headquarters at Tel. 0 3865 3034, the National Park Department at Tel. 0 2562 0760, www.dnp.go.th.
Rayong Aquarium (สถานแสดงพันธ์สัตว์น้ำระยอง) Located in the Eastern Marine Fisheries Research and Development Centre (ศูนย์วิจัยและพัฒนาประมงไทยฝั่งตะวันออก), Ao Ban Phe, the aquarium keeps various kinds of beautiful fish and sea plants. The centre conducts study, research and testing regarding marine biology and behaviors of marine life. A large aquarium with a tunnel allows visitors to see various beautiful fish as well as economic-related creatures living in the mangrove forest such as cuttlefish, crab, giant clam, and horseshoe crab.
The outdoor aquarium also houses various marine lives. The turtle pond houses hawksbill turtles, olive turtles, and leatherback turtles. The fish pond houses large species of fish. Visitors can witness the real underwater world in a special pond that houses starfish, anemone and sea cucumber. Various fishery tools in miniature are also displayed. The Fossil Museum exhibits stuffed and extinct animals as well as a display of rare animals such as humpback dolphin and Irrawaddy Dolphin. Seafood products are available on sale outside the building.
The Rayong Aquarium is open from Wednesday to Friday during 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. and on weekends from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Group visitors should call in advance. Tel. 0 3865 3741, Fax. 0 3865 1763
Sopha Botanical Park (สวนพฤกษชาติโสภา) This 32-rai park is lush with many kinds of trees, particularly Thai flora mentioned in literature. In the compound, three traditional Thai houses on stilts of nearly 100 year old exhibit ceramics from various periods as well as prehistoric pottery from Ban Chiang World Heritage Site. The park is open daily from 9 a.m. till 4.30 p.m. except on Thursday. Admission costs 50 baht. Tel. 0 3865 1688 for more information.
How to get there: The park is located close to the road to Ban Phe, 17 kilometres from Rayong town. Turn right from Sukhumvit Road at kilometre 238 and keep going for 200 metres. The park will be on your right.
Suan Son (สวนสน) Just four kilometres from Ban Phe, 29 kilometres from Rayong town, many kinds of pine along with local trees make the beach road shady. The nice beach allows visitors to enjoy swimming. Restaurants and accommodation are available for visitors. For more information, call the National Park Department at Tel. 0 3865 2163, 0 2561 4292 - 3.
Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติเขาแหลมหญ้า-หมู่เกาะเสม็ด) Located in Ban Phe, 20 kilometres from Rayong town, the park totals an area of 81,875 rai comprising land, sea and islands. Its major attractions include Mae Ramphueng Beach, Khao Laem Ya, and Samet Archipelago. The most famous island is Samet where many private-owned bungalows are available. The park has three nature trails; namely, Ko Samet, Ko Kudi, and Khao Laem Ya. On each route, visitors can enjoy nature as well as beautiful view points. Admission fee: adults 200 baht, children 100 baht each.
The national park offers houses and tents. Pitching your own tent costs 20 baht per person/night. For more information, call Tel. 0 3865 3034 and 0 3865 2136 or the National Park Department at Tel. 0 2562 0760.
Suan Wang Kaeo (สวนวังแก้ว) About 38 kilometres from Rayong town, the park is on the beach road, 11 kilometres from Suan Son. Forest and garden, beach and beautiful bay characterize the park. Houses, tents and bicycles are available for rent. The entrance fee is 10 baht for adults and 5 baht for children. The park opens daily from 7 a.m. till 6 p.m. For more information, please call Tel. 0 3863 8067 - 8 or 0 2259 4150 - 1.
Laem Mae Phim (แหลมแม่พิมพ์) Without large waves, the beach is nice for swimming. Restaurants and bungalows are available along the beach. Laem Mae Phim is 48 kilometres from Rayong town. Via Sukhumvit Road, you can access the beach by turning right at kilometres 259.5, 263 and 268.
Sunthon Phu Monument (อนุสาวรีย์สุนทรภู่) The monument was built to commemorate Sunthon Phu, a leading poet in the early Rattanakosin era, two centuries ago. There are statues of Sunthon Phu and characters from his famous literature. The monument is located on the Klaeng-Laem Mae Phim Road, five kilometres from Laem Mae Phim.
Wat Saranat Thammaram (วัดสารนารถธรรมาราม) Built in 1945, the temple houses a main Buddha image imitated from the famous Phra Phuttha Chinnarat in Phitsanulok province. Four major pagodas surround the Ubosot. They include Phra Pathom Chedi, Phrathat Phanom, replica of Bodh Gaya, and Phrathat Chaiya. The temple is located one kilometre off Sukhumvit Road, turn left at kilometre 265.
Mu Ko Man (หมู่เกาะมัน) Mu Ko Man comprises three islands: Man Nai, Man Klang, and Man Nok.
Ko Man Nai (เกาะมันใน) This island is the location of the turtle conservation station initiated by Her Majesty the Queen. The project conserves the breeding of hawksbill turtle and olive turtle. Tourists can make a visit from 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Various bays are good for relaxing such as Ao Ton Makham, Ao Hin Khot Ya, Ao Kongkang, and Ao Na Ban, which have also coral reefs.
Ko Man Nai is five kilometres from Laem Mae Phim. Rental boat is available at Laem Mae Phim or Ao Makham Pom. The boat trip takes 30 minutes to the island. For more information about the turtle conservation station, call Tel. 0 3861 6096 and 0 3865 7466.
Ko Man Klang and Ko Man Nok (เกาะมันกลางและเกาะมันนอก) Beautiful beaches on the islands make them a nice place to relax. Private-owned resorts are available.
Hat Phayun and Hat Phla (หาดพยูนและหาดพลา) The beautiful Phayun Beach is 32 kilometres from Rayong town. Phla Beach, only three kilometres from Phayun Beach, is a quiet beach with a shady sea pine forest. Various hotels and bungalows are available for tourists.
Supattra Land Orchard (สวนสุภัทรา) The orchard is open for the public to witness its fruit variety such as durian, rambutan, mango, grape, star fruit and longan. During harvest season, from April to June, the orchard organises an orchard trip to explore the farm by car and enjoy fresh fruits for 30 minutes. The trip costs 120 baht each. The orchard is open daily for tourists from 8.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Accommodation is available. For more information, call Tel. 0 3889 2048 - 9.
Khao Chamao - Khao Wong National Park: (อุทยานแห่งชาติเขาชะเมา – เขาวง) This national park was established in 1975, covering an area of 52,300 rai. This lush forest with a great variety of flora and fauna is the watershed of the Prasae River. The national park has two nature trails for tourists to explore herbs and animal behaviour. The trails are two kilometres and three kilometres long, respectively. To explore the trail, registration at the tourist centre is required in advance. Admission is 200 baht for adults and 100 baht for children. Houses and tents are available for tourists. Pitching a private tent costs 30 baht per person/night. For more information, please call the park at Tel. 0 3889 4378 or National Park Department in Bangkok at Tel. 0 2562 0760 or www.dup.go.th
How to get there: The national park is 71 kilometres from Rayong town. Follow Sukhumvit Road and turn right at the Khao Din Intersection, kilometre 274. The national park is 17 kilometres away.
Attractions in the national park
Namtok Khao Chamao or Namtok Khlong Nam Sai (น้ำตกเขาชะเมา หรือน้ำตกคลองน้ำใส) This crystal clear waterfall is one kilometre before the national park. The waterfall comprises seven levels, stretching for three kilometres. The large pond called Wang Matcha, is a habitat of brook carp.
Pha Sawan (ผาสวรรค์) The viewpoint is 1.5 kilometres from the national park headquarters. On the way, visitors can explore nature. Contact the national park staff first.
Namtok Khlong Pla Kang (น้ำตกคลองปลาก้าง) The waterfalls are three kilometres from the headquarters. Ferns and orchids grow well in this lush forest.
Namtok Khlong Hin Phoeng (น้ำตกคลองหินเพิง) The small waterfall is actually in Chanthaburi province, ten kilometers from the headquarters. Water runs all year round. Nature lovers can enjoy wild flowers around the waterfall.
Khao Wong (เขาวง) Many limestone mountains surround a flat plain in the middle. The amazing mountains have a total of 80 caves inside. This is also a habitat of mountain goat.
Krommaluang Chumphon Shrine (ศาลสมเด็จกรมหลวงชุมพร) The shrine houses the statue of Krommaluang Chumphonkhetudomsak, founder of Thailand's modern navy. He is much honoured by the people of Rayong. Turn right at kilometre 274 off Sukhumvit Road, the shrine is 10 kilometres away.
Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Herbal Park (สวนสมุนไพรสมเด็จพระเทพรัตนราชสุดาฯ สยามบรมราชกุมารี) Located on 60 rai of area in the maintenance centre of the PTT Public Company Limited on Highway 3191, 25 kilometres from Rayong town. The park grows various kinds of herbs as well as conducts research. Visitors are welcome everyday from 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Group visitors should contact in advance at Tel.0 3868 1827 - 30.
Taphong bike route (เส้นทางจักรยานท่องเที่ยวตะพง) Bikers can explore agro-tourism in Tambon Taphong with a homestay service. The Subdistrict Administration Organisation of Tambon Taphong offers a tour package including accommodation and meals at 400 baht per person/night. Call 0 3866 4053 for more information.
The Thai chef of Tawan-Inn (Ban Phe)gives cooking lessons in Thai dishes and fusion kitchen. Available for guests of the guesthouse and TEFL-students. 0 3865 1635
Rayong is one of Thailand favorite golf destination, where you can play golf all year round. The wonderful courses are invariably located close to Rayong’s major tourism destination, ensuring you can enjoy your golf and have a good holiday at the same time. So if you want to bring your family along, they are assured of lots of activities and interesting places to visit. There are several golf courses in Rayong.
Century Golf and Country Club (เซ็นจูรี่ กอล์ฟ แอนด์ คันทรี่ คลับ) Sukhumvit Road Tel: 0 3860 5054, 0 3863 5073
Ko Nok Resort (เกาะนอก รีสอร์ท) Ko Mun Nok Tel: 0 3866 1136
Ray Divers (เรย์ ไดร์เว่อร์) 267/136-7 Maptaput New City Tel: 0 3860 7480 Fax: 0 3860 7481
Boat RentalAmphoe Mueang Rayong
Island Tour (ไอร์แลนด์ ทัวร์) Ko Samet 280/108 Moo 2 Ban Phe Pier Tel: 0 3865 1999, 0 3865 1351 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Service: Speed Boat from Ban Phe and Samet Island to Islands
The Toy Tour (เดอะ ทอย ทัวร์) 236/4 Moo 3 Tambon Krum Tel: 0 3863 8146 Service: Speed Boat from Mae Phim Beach to islands.
Chok Mana Tour (โชคมานะ ทัวร์) Tambon Phe Tel: 0 3865 1531
Sai Kaew Villa (ทรายแก้ว วิลล่า) Ko Samet Tel: 0 3861 5852-3
Rier Leus (Mongkol Tambon Phe Tel: 0 3865 1901
Rier Sang Samoot Tambon Phe Tel: 0 3865 1364
Amphoe Mueang Rayong
Wat Ban Don Herbs and Thai Medical Center (วัดบ้านดอน) Tambon Choeng Noen Opened daily: 08.00 a.m.-17.00 p.m. For more information, contact to Tel: 0 3862 0127
Amphoe Wang Chang
Wang Chang Thai Medical Clinic (วังจันทร์) Wang Chang Hospital Opened Mon-Fri: 08.00 a.m.-20.00 p.m. and Sat 08.00 a.m.-16.00 p.m. For more information, contact to Wang Chan Hospital Tel: 0 3866 6174-5
Preserved seafood (ผลิตภัณฑ์อาหารทะเล) Seafood from Rayong has been quite a famous souvenir among tourists for a long time. Ban Phe Market or Rayong Market offers a wide variety of preserved seafood such as shrimp paste, fish sauce, sun-dried cuttlefish, crispy fish, etc.
Fruit (ผลไม้) During May and June, orchards in Rayong are ready to show off their proud products: durian, rambutan, mangosteen, etc. Tourists also love to visit the province at this time of the year.
Products from sedge mat (ผลิตภัณฑ์เสื่อกก) The in-house industry of Tambon Kram, Amphoe Klaen has quality products, available at the outlet of Satri Asa Phatthana in the compound of the Sunthon Phu Monument.
Crystal products (ผลิตภัณฑ์เครื่องแก้วคริสตัล) The crystal factory in Amphoe Pluak Daeng, produces export-quality crystal works by Thai skilled labour. Visitors are welcome to see the process. The factory is at 161, Mu16, Nikhom Soi 4 on the Highway 3375. For more information, Tel. 0 3889 7029-31.
Rayong Fruit Festival (งานเทศกาลผลไม้และของดีเมืองระยอง) In May of each year, Rayong's fruit reaches its peak season. The venue for celebration is always changed between Mueang and Klaeng districts. Tourists can enjoy floats decorated with fruits, fruit contests, beauty contests, as well as fruit and seafood fair.
Sunthon Phu Day (งานวันสุนทรภู่) Organised on June 26 of each year at Sunthon Phu Monument, Klaeng district, to honour the great poet. Exhibitions and plays from his poetry will entertain visitors.
Changing the robe for Phra Chedi Klang Nam (งานห่มผ้าพระเจดีย์กลางน้ำ) The annual traditional event is held during the full moon night of the 12th lunar month, or in November. The robe blanketing around the pagoda in the middle of the Rayong River, in Mueang district, will be changed. Meanwhile, the people will celebrate the event along with the Loi Krathong Festival
by boat racing and many kinds of local entertainment.
Thot Pha Pa Klang Nam (Waterborne Robe Offering Ceremony) (งานทอดผ้าป่ากลางน้ำ) During the Loi Krathong Festival of each year, or on the full moon night of November, people living near the mouth of the Prasae River will prepare a monk's robe at the pier. After completing the ceremony on the boat, a monk will come to get it. Normally, the robe offering ceremony is held at the temple. This special tradition has been inherited for over a century.
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