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 from Bangkok to Rayong: by bus, car/taxi, and airplane.
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.
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
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 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.
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
Fruit at Tapong fruit market.
Seafood at Laem Charoen Restaurant in Rayong downtown.
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.
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).
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.
From number two:
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 Ekkamai costs B160.