Rayong, located just a 2.5-hour drive from Bangkok, is the perfect destination for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and immerse themselves in the serenity and beauty of nature. This hidden gem boasts pristine white-sand beaches, secluded islands, pristine mangroves, and unique local culture.


The beautiful view of Rayong

History of Rayong

Rayong, Thailand's captivating coastal haven, boasts a past as rich as its present. Its story stretches back over 2,000 years, weaving through ancient empires, bustling trade routes, and cultural flourishes.

Early evidence suggests settlements in the Rayong area from the Bronze Age. During the Khmer Empire's reign, it evolved into a significant trading hub, particularly for salt and fish sauce production. Remnants of this era can be found at Prasat Hin Khao Phra Bat, a 12th-century temple complex nestled in Khao Laem Ya - Khao Samet National Park.

Following the decline of the Khmer Empire, Rayong flourished under the Ayutthaya kingdom, further solidifying its reputation as a vital port. This prosperity continued into the Rattanakosin period, with Rayong playing a crucial role in King Taksin's rebellion against the Burmese. His victory led to the establishment of the Thonburi kingdom, and a statue honoring him can be found at Wat Pa Pradu temple in Rayong.

Today, Rayong's historical tapestry continues to unravel, reflected in its ancient temples, archaeological sites, and traditional fishing communities.

Attractions of Rayong

Places to visit in Rayong

1. Khao Laem Ya - Khao Samet National Park

  • Location: Mueang Rayong District, Rayong Province
  • Admission Fee: 400 baht (€9.20), 200 baht (€4.60) for children
  • Opening Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Highlights: Explore stunning beaches, hike through lush rainforests, spot diverse wildlife, and enjoy various recreational activities.

Rayong - Khao Laem Ya - Khao Samet National Park

Khao Laem Ya

2. Rayong Aquarium

  • Location: Mueang Rayong District, Rayong Province
  • Admission Fee: 80 baht (€1.85), 40 baht (€0.93) for children
  • Opening Hours: 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
  • Highlights: Discover the fascinating marine life of the Gulf of Thailand, learn about coral reefs and their importance, and witness a variety of educational exhibits.

Rayong Aquarium

Rayong Aquarium

3. Wat Khao Phra Bat

  • Location: Mueang Rayong District, Rayong Province
  • Admission Fee: Free
  • Opening Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Highlights: Ascend a sacred hill, admire a 12th-century Khmer temple complex, and witness panoramic views of Rayong city.

4. Ban Chang Archaeological Site

  • Location: Ban Chang District, Rayong Province
  • Admission Fee: 100 baht (€2.30), 50 baht (€1.15) for children
  • Opening Hours: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
  • Highlights: Explore prehistoric settlements, discover ancient artifacts, and learn about the Bronze Age civilization in Rayong.

5. Rayong Night Market

  • Location: Mueang Rayong District, Rayong Province
  • Admission Fee: Free
  • Opening Hours: 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
  • Highlights: Immerse yourself in the local culture, savor delectable street food, shop for souvenirs and handicrafts, and enjoy vibrant nightlife.

6. Koh Samet

  • Location: Take a ferry from Ban Phe Pier in Rayong
  • Admission Fee: Varies depending on the ferry company and activities chosen
  • Highlights: Relax on pristine beaches, explore coral reefs, indulge in water sports, and experience a vibrant nightlife on this idyllic island.

Koh Samet - Rayong

Koh Samet

7. Star Fresh Market

  • Location: Mueang Rayong District, Rayong Province
  • Admission Fee: Free
  • Opening Hours: 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Highlights: Shop for fresh seafood, local produce, and souvenirs, enjoy a variety of street food, and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere of a traditional Thai market.

8. Rayong Mangrove Forest

  • Location: Mueang Rayong District, Rayong Province
  • Admission Fee: Varies depending on the tour operator and activities chosen
  • Highlights: Take a boat tour through the lush mangroves, spot diverse wildlife, learn about the importance of this unique ecosystem, and enjoy a peaceful escape from the city.

Note: Admission fees and opening hours may be subject to change. It is recommended to verify the information before visiting.


  • Pla Raa: A fermented fish dish with a strong, pungent flavor. It is usually eaten with rice or vegetables.

Rayong - Pla Raa

Pla Raa

  • Khao Phad Khung: Fried rice with crab meat, eggs, and vegetables. It is a popular street food in Rayong.

Rayong - Khao Phad Khung

Khao Phad Khung

  • Som Tam: A spicy papaya salad made with green papaya, tomatoes, chili peppers, and lime juice. It is a refreshing and flavorful dish.
  • Khao Lam: A sweet rice dish cooked in bamboo tubes. It is a popular dessert in Rayong.
  • Lod Chong: A sweet dessert made with green rice flour jelly, coconut milk, and palm sugar.

Best time to visit Rayong

Rayong basks in tropical weather year-round, but distinct seasons offer different experiences:

  • High Season (November - April): Embrace ideal weather - sunny days, cool evenings, and minimal rain. Expect bustling beaches and higher prices. Perfect for sunbathing, water sports, and outdoor activities.
  • Shoulder Season (May - June & September - October): Enjoy a comfortable balance of sunny skies with occasional showers and slightly lower prices. Ideal for sightseeing, cultural immersion, and escaping peak crowds.
  • Low Season (July - August): Embrace the most affordable rates and fewer tourists. However, prepare for frequent rain showers and potentially rough seas. Consider exploring inland attractions or enjoying cozy spa retreats.

How to get to Rayong

Reaching Rayong is a breeze with various options:

  • By Air: Fly into U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport (UTP) with direct flights from various Asian cities. Taxis and airport shuttles provide convenient onward travel.
  • By Bus: Enjoy a budget-friendly option with regular buses departing from Bangkok's Ekkamai and Mochit Bus Terminals. The journey takes about 3-4 hours.
  • By Train: Hop on a train from Bangkok's Hualamphong Station for a scenic journey. Several trains serve Rayong, with some requiring a change at Hua Hin. Travel time ranges from 4-6 hours.
  • By Car: Explore Thailand's highways at your own pace. Rent a car from Bangkok or Pattaya and enjoy a comfortable 2-3 hour drive.

Explore Rayong with Asia King Travel

Rayong, Thailand beckons travelers seeking an authentic and immersive experience. Bathed in year-round sunshine and boasting pristine beaches, lush mangrove forests, and vibrant cultural attractions, Rayong promises an unforgettable journey.

Contact Asia King Travel today to book your Rayong tour!

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