Travel Thailand Rayong Province.
             Welcome to Rayong, one of Thailand most iconic travel destinations and home to an amazing array of sights, activities and events. Even first time visitors to Rayong will quickly be enthralled by how fun and fascinating Rayong really can be. For those looking a glimpse of the real Thailand, or just a fun night out, Rayong mixes old world charm with a modern and vibrant night life. Click the general information links below for further information.  
               With more than 100kms (62 miles) of coastline, Rayong and its surrounding province provide one of Thailand’s more laid-back and authentic seaside experiences. Although the town of Rayong itself has only limited places of interest, it makes a good starting point for exploring the beautiful beaches, islands, waterfalls and national parks in the vicinity.
                Located along the eastern shores of Thailand, Rayong often gets overlooked as travellers zero in on the vastly more popular beach town of Pattaya or the weekend getaway island of Koh Samet. While these two neighbouring attractions offer plenty of tourist-friendly distractions, those looking for a distinctly Thai beach experience may want to go just a little farther off the beaten path. There are a number of small fishing villages and quiet beaches that only locals frequent in Rayong.
                Rayong is just 220kms (137 miles) from the capital Bangkok so getting here is fairly easy. A three-hour air-conditioned bus ride is the standard mode of transport, though renting a car allows much more flexibility when seeking out little-known destinations along the Gulf of Thailand. The town of Rayong has a handful of historic monuments, temples and parks, but most visitors merely stop over on their way to more pleasant surroundings.
                The one area in which Rayong truly excels in is its fresh fruit and seafood scene. Some of Thailand’s best seafood restaurants can be found in this sleepy backwater, and the prices are attractive too. Rayong is also famous for its tropical fruit, guaranteeing visitors plenty of exotic choices to try in the markets, such as durian and mangosteen. Inland, there are a couple of lush national parks where amazing waterfalls cascade into swimming holes.
                 Off shore lie a dozen or so small islands ripe for exploration. The most popular, Koh Samet, is a favourite weekend retreat for Bangkok residents, but there are a number of more exclusive and mellow islands if you are searching for isolation. The scuba diving is surprisingly good, especially during the dry winter season from November to February.
                 Accommodation in Rayong ranges from basic hotels to luxury beachside resorts. In general, prices are very low, especially if you head to one of the less-touristy beaches. However, if you want to splash out, you can spend your holiday budget on an exclusive island retreat. If you plan to arrive during the peak months of November and December, make an advance booking to save disappointment.

Based on archaeological evidence it appears that the area in and around Rayong was first settled by the Khmer around 1500 BE (Buddhist era). A number of Khmer-style ruins have been uncovered in nearby towns such as Ban Don, Amphur Ban Khai and Tambon Cherng Nern, testifying to the early presence of the mighty Khmer. The first mention of the town in Thai annals came during the reign of Ayutthaya’s King Somdej Lhra Maha Dhammaraja during the late Ayutthaya era in 2113 BE.
                 Rayong made its mark on Thai history in 2309 BE, when the ancient capital Ayutthaya was destroyed by invading Burmese soldiers. The king at that time, Praya Vajiraprakan, broke through the defenses of the Burmese and led his defeated followers south towards the coast. He stopped in Rayong to bolster his navy and rebuild his army before heading east to Chantaburi. While in Rayong, the locals wholeheartedly supported the king and gave him his new title Phra Chao Taksin, or King of Thonburi.
                 Once the king had established a new military force he departed from Chantaburi for Ayutthaya. Back in his former capital, King Taksin routed the Burmese and regained full independence for the Thai people. Following this vital, historic victory he established a new capital for his kingdom at Thonburi. A shrine dedicated to King Taksin still stands in Rayong and receives a steady flow of devotees.
                  The modern history of Rayong is much less glamorous. As a fishing and agricultural town, it has stayed out of the limelight in relative obscurity. During the 20th century, the neighbouring military base at Sattahip was used by American forces in the Vietnam campaign. The GIs who were stationed there, and at other regional Thai military bases, began to use the beaches in nearby Pattaya for their rest and relaxation periods. While this had virtually no impact on Rayong, it did spark the tourism boom that created today’s Pattaya.
Rayong’s climate is warm and humid all year round. With an average temperature of 28°C, visitors can expect balmy conditions and intermittent rain showers during their stay. The best time of year in Rayong is from November to February. This is the dry cool season in this region of Thailand, and when weather is at its finest. The lack of steady rainfall allows the ocean to settle, creating ideal underwater conditions. As it corresponds with the cold winter in much of the world, Rayong’s tourism high season also falls during this period. Room rates are at their peak and the more popular resorts can become fully booked.
                     If you want to avoid the crowds, consider visiting during the shoulder seasons. From late April to early June the temperatures around Rayong reach their hottest, often 40°C. But the skies are blue and the sea calm and refreshing. There are also fewer tourists and room rates drop to low season prices. Early November is another good window of nice weather and few crowds.
                     The rainy season usually arrives in June, bringing plenty of soaking rain showers to Rayong and its beaches. These heavy rains last through the summer, petering out sometime in October. While the precipitation turns everything an even deeper shade of green, it also makes scuba diving and sunbathing rather unpleasant. On the plus side, this is the low season around Rayong, so visitors can find some really good deals on lodging.

   Koh Samet (Rayong)
          Koh Samet,a part of Khao Laem Ya-Koh Samet National Marine Park is a small lovely island in Rayong Province situated approximately 200 km Southeastward of Bangkok.It’s very a popular weekend destination for both Thais and foreingers living in Bangkok,especially the youngsters.Koh Samet has been known for more than a century as it is believed to be the”Magic island”in the most famous literature, Phra Apaimanee,of Sunthon Phu,the most wellknown poet of the early Rattanakosin era.Visitors come here to sunbathe,swim,snorkel or even just to relax on its powdery white sand beaches such as Haad Sai Keaw(Crystal Beach),Ao Wong Duan (Lunar Bay),or Ao Pai.There are plenty of beach resorts,bars and restaurants on every beach so that visitors don’t need to worry about how to stay joyfully on the Island..Many visitors go to Koh Samet repeatedly several times a year since it’s very convenient just taking bus from Ekkamai or Morchit Bus Terminal to Ban Pae and then there’re shuttle boats waiting for you that take just half an hour offshore that you can find the beauty of this island.