Rayong is a recent discovery for tourists in Thailand, only having been considered a worthy destination in the past couple of years. Most of the time, the people that come through here or book hotel suites in Rayong are only on their way to the more popular destinations nearby. But that’s been changing.
And here’s some of the attractions and activities that explain why.
There are many tiny islands outside Rayong, like the popular KohSamet. The islands are far enough from the capital to feel totally different, but close enough to be a good weekend destination. It’s fairly common for people to book hotel suites in Rayong just to get to the islands, which is no surprise as they’re great for water activities, with nature and traditional culture that’s remained mostly untouched for years.
Getting to Koh Samet is as simple as paying 100 Baht for a ferry, while the other islands needs a bit more investment, with speedboats that can carry 5 to 20 people costing anywhere from 3,500 to 6,500 Baht, depending on the size of the vessel and the number of people.
Zip line fun
Rayong has, hidden amidst its verdant greenery, one of the longest zip lines in all of Asia. Ok, it used to be the longest, but someone went and one-upped it, but it’s still a marvel, with a total length of 3 kilometres, sending daring travellers zooming past the tree-filled hillsides. If you’re not the type to be scared of heights, the zip line’s just a few kilometres from Mae Rampheung Beach, about 10 minutes of driving.
The Princess’s Garden
A garden attraction presented to Her Royal Highness Princess MahaChakriSirindhorn on 18 April 1985, this wonderful slice of peace was established by the PTT Public Company Limited (PTT), with work on it taking a year to complete. The 60-rai garden bears the name of the princess it was given to, and received more plants in honor of the princess’s 50th Birthday Anniversary, back in 2006. A place to visit for those who enjoy greenery and herbs, it’s located on Highways No. 36 and No. 3191, in the NikhomPhatthana sub-district.
See some seafood.
Rayong is known for being a fisherman’s haven, and it stands to reason that there’s quite a few seafood restaurants in the region. It’s the country’s biggest fishing port, so many don’t consider a trip to Rayong, an actual trip to Rayong before sampling some of the seafood, in places like Ban Phe, or Mae Rampheung Beach Road.