Rayong is an eastern Thai province on the Gulf of Thailand, known for its national parks and beaches. On its south coast, the beach at Ban Phe is home to a fishing community and is the gateway to Koh Samet island, part of the Khao Laem Ya - Mu Ko Samet National Park. To the west, the long, flat Mae Ram Phueng beach offers panoramic views. Farther east, Laem Mae Phim beach has small waves and beachside restaurants.
Rayong, 180km southeast of Bangkok, offers a healthy blend of city and seaside attractions and is famous for its picture-perfect islands, casuarina-fringed beaches and large scale industrial estate at Map Ta Phut. Backed by mountain ranges, its 100-km long shoreline harbours five picturesque beaches, ideal for enjoying a seafood lunch, a dip in the sea or a leisurely afternoon away from the city.
The two scenic points at Laem Mae Pim and Pha Sawan (Heaven Cape) offer breathtaking panoramas of pristine forests and the bright blue sea. Further inland, Rayong is peppered with fruit orchards, forest temples, scenic waterfalls and the lush forest of Khao Chamao National Park. Mainland Rayong is a year-round destination, while the islands are best visited between October and April, when the monsoon rain subsides.