From Rayong Province

Another delightful resort on the eastern coast, Rayong is just beginning to gain popularity. With a 100 kilometre-long coastline, it boasts several beautiful beaches and scenic waterfalls amid natural surroundings. Rayong is also rich in sea-life resources and considered a major agricultural and industrial province.

Rayong is 180 kilometres from Bangkok and covers a total area of 3,552 square kilometres.

Administrative, it is divided into Muang Rayong, Klaeng, Ban Khai, Bang Chang, Pluak Daeng and Wang Chan districts and Khao Chamao and Nikhom Phatthana sub-districts.

Wat Lum Mahachai Chumphon

Located on the grounds of Wat Lum Mahachai Chumphon. The Phra Chao Tak Sin Shrine marks the site where he and his follower once made camp. Within the shrine is a standing statue of the great king. The 300 year old Satu tree (genus Parkia) is believed to be the very tree he once tethered his elephant.

The Sopha Arboretum

is located near the entrance into Ban Phe about 200 meters off highway No. 3 at Km. 238. The extensive grounds are home to various flowering plants. A 100 years old Thai-style wooden structure houses porcelain ware form various eras, particular of the Ban Chiang style. Open daily except Thursday between 8.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. Tel: (038) 651688.

Suan Son

about 4 kilometres further from Ban Phe along the beach front road, offers areas shaded by verdant pine trees. The scenic beach is eminently suited for relaxation and swimming. Accommodations and food shops are also available.

Wang Kaew

is a recreational park and resort located some 11 kilometres further from Suan Son on the beach road. There are accommodation facilities and a well-landscaped park. For more information call (038) 638 067-8 or 259 4150-1 (Bangkok).

Laem Mae Phim

can be reached either from Sukhumwit Road taking a right turn at Km. 259.5, 263 or 268 or continuing for a little over 1 kilometre from Wang Kaew on the beach road. It is a popular site for relaxation and snacks.

Wat Saranat Thamaram

Near the turning at Km. 265 on Highway No. 3 is Wat Saranat Thamaram built in 1945. lt features a beautiful Ubosot housing a replica of the Highly revered Phutthachinnarat statue of major Buddhist monuments from Thailand’s four regions.

Hat Phayun and Hat Phala

32 kilometers and 34 kilometers respectively from the provincial town, offer Ban Chang’s own lovely beaches. Shaded by pine trees, it has both hotels and bungalows for visitors.

Suphattraland

Thirty kilometers from town is Suphattraland, an extensive orchard open to the public. It grows succulent mangosteen, durian and rambutan. They generally mature in late April-June. Visitors can enjoy not only the pleasant surroundings but also taste for themselves freshly-picked fruits form the trees.

Ban Kon Ao

The best place in town to discover the traditional way of life is from a small but typical fisherman’s village located at the end of Hat Mae Ramphueng. Visitors can also see how they catch fish and process seafood. An additional attraction worth visiting is the Catholic Church established near the village over 100 years ago.

Khao Chamao National Park

Khao Chamao – Khao Wong National Park, 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. Amission 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  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 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  The waterfalls is three kilometres from the headquarters. Ferns and orchids grow well in this lush forest.

Namtok Khlong Hin Phoeng 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
 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.