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What places to visit in Rayong?

What to see in Rayong

Besides Koh Samet that has its own page on this website, there are many interesting and beautiful places to visit in Rayong province. Atypical temples with unique architecture such as the all pink Wat Namtok Thammarot, Wat Pra Padu temple and its reclining Buddha in a very rare position, amazing natural wonders such as the botanical garden, the mangroves, or the Khao Chamao-Khao national park Wong which partly lies on the neighboring province of Chanthaburi, a museum dedicated to Nang Yai, a traditional art of shadow theater, a small floating market, a historic district in the city... So, even if people don't talk much about Rayong in the travel guide book and on the travel websites about Thailand, there many attractions to discover while enjoying the sea and the beach restaurants and bars facing the sunset.

Must-visit places in Rayong

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Yomjinda Road (Old town)

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The old town of Rayong is quite famous, especially Yomjinda Road which is the prettiest street in the area and probably the most interesting to visit. There are also a few nice and delicious little local cuisine restaurants.
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Wat Pa Pradu (Reclining Buddha temple)

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It is the most visited and respected temple in Rayong City. Its long reclining Buddha, unique in its position, is very famous and makes it a must-visit places in Rayong.
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Rayong Botanical Garden

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Despite the name of botanical garden which might not interest so many people, it is a magnificent piece of nature, mainly composed of swamps, that can be explored by boat or mountain bikes. Very pleasant !
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Prasae Estuary and Tung Prong Thong

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It is the most famous nature spot and the largest mangrove forest in Rayong province. Whether it is the area nicknamed golden meadow or the path of wooden footbridges through the shade of the mangroves, it is a superb place for a walk!
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Koh Samet island

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Located in Rayong province, Koh Samet island is actually its main tourist attraction. As it is one of the closest maritime islands to Bangkok, it is also quite popular with Thais on weekends and public holidays. Its pretty beaches make it a pleasant island to stay even if it is not the most beautiful in Thailand.
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Khao Laem Ya National Park

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This is the Khao Laem Ya promontory part of the park I am speaking about here, with its pretty little stretch of coastline with a path of wooden walkways that runs along it and allows you to enjoy the shades of blue of the sea and shades of brown of the rocks. A pleasant walk by the sea!
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Rayong Walking Street

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This large weekly night market, which is held in the most historic and charming street in Rayong, allows you to discover the atmosphere of Thai night markets, to taste the local street food at the many stalls and to do some crafts and souvenirs shopping.
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Other nice places to visit in Rayong

Wat Namtok Thammarot

Wat Namtok Thammarot

starstarstarstarstar This little-known forest temple located over sixty kilometers north of the city of Rayong is truly charming and unique, especially thanks to its pink ordination hall on stilts built on a pond.
Phra Chedi Klang Nam (Samut Chedi)

Phra Chedi Klang Nam (Samut Chedi)

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Other visits suggestions in Rayong

  • Khao Khao Wong Chamao National Park
    twenty kilometers far from Rayong, it has many caves and a large waterfall
  • Ban Kon Ao
    Small fishermen village which has kept its authenticity 20 km far from Rayong
  • Sopha Botanical Gardens
    About fifteen kilometers from Rayong, near the pier, the gardens have a important variety of trees and plants
  • Temple of King Taksin
    It was built to commemorate the stay of King Taksin in the city and stands in front of Wat Lum Mahachai Chumphon
  • Koh Samet island
    A few kilometers from the city, the island is the main reason why tourists come to Rayong.
  • Ko Mun islands
    Small islands with white sand beaches. One of them, Ko Man Nai is a sanctuary for turtles conservation. And Ko Man Nok has a few resorts for those who want to stay on the island.

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Wat Chalerm Phrakiat

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This temple perched on a mountain is not to be missed ! This will certainly be your most memorable visit you will do in Lampang Province. It is 1 hour drive (by car) from the city and not easy to...


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Emerald Cave

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Located on Koh Mook island just opposite to Koh Kradan, this cave opens onto a skylight with a lovely beach. From Koh Kradan, the easiest way to get there is to rent a longtail boat from the beach.


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Similan Isands

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Comprising 11 islands, the Mu Ko Similan National Park offers seascapes and beaches as well as some of the most beautiful snorkeling and diving spots in Thailand. This exceptional environment is...


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Ao Noi

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in the North, the beach is less pleasant but if you continue on the road you will come to a beach with fishing boats and on the right a little path in the mountain that takes you to a charming...


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