The Emblem of Rayong

Introduction
     Rayong  is blessed with its abundance of nature beauty. It has a well  deserved  reputation for producing seafood products such as shrimp  paste,  fish sauce and dried seafoods, and tropical fruits of which rambutan, mangosteen and durian are the most famous.
Topography
     In  general  the  geography  of  Rayong is marked by a series of mountains interspersed by flat plains  and  large  tracts  of  land under forest, rubber and fruit plantation. Offshore, there are many islands which are well-known by the tourist, such as Ko Samet and Ko Mun.

Location
     Rayong  is  located in the east coast of Thailand on the northern shoreline   of   the   Gulf   of   Thailand,   about  179  kilometers  from Bangkok.   Rayong   has   an   extensive   coastline   stretching   for approximately  100 kilometers, and some 3,552 kilometers square in  area,  and  is  divided  into  6  administrative  districts and 2 sub-district.   To   the   north   and   the  west  they  are  bordered  by  the province  of  Chonburi,  the  east  by  Chanthaburi Province and the south  by  the Gulf of Thailand. The total population of the province is about 508,398 persons. (In 1996)

Climate
     The  climate is tropical, generally warm and humid with abundant rainfall, average temperature is around 28 C. The best months are November through February.

History
     Rayong   was   mentioned   in   the   Thai   history  during  the  late Ayuttaya  period,  when  the  former capital was razed to the ground by  the invading Burmese. At this time Phraya Tak, later to become King   Taksin  of  Thonburi , led  a  band  of  patriots  and  broke  out through  the  cordon  o f besieging  troops  who  has surrounded the capital.   Then  he  made  this  way  towards  the  coast  stopping  in Rayong  to  build  up  his navy before proceeding on to Chantaburi. Because   of   his   courage   and   bravery,  the  soldiers  and  local populations  anointed  him  as  "King" in Rayong. Once he has built up sufficient troop strength, Phraya Taksin returned to Ayuttaya and routed the Burmese and set up a new capital in Thonburi.
   
How to get there
By Bus
     Rayong  is  connected  by  regular  bus  services with Bangkok and other towns and provinces (Pattaya,    Chonburi,   Chanthaburi,    Chiang   Mai,    Khon   Kaen,    Nong  Khai,   Surin   and   Ubon Ratchathani) Air conditions leave Bangkok to Rayong from Eastern Bus Terminal on

Sukhumvit Road, Ekamai.
     Tel. (066) (02) 7123662 Rayong: Tel. (066) (038) 861354-5 and from North Eastern Bus Terminal (Morchit 2) on Kampaengpet Rd. Jatujak. Tel (066)(02) 7123662 Ext.1
     Bangkok- Rayong  (Ekamai)  Air  conditioned  buses from Ekamai leave Bangkok every 30-40 minutes  from  04:30 a.m.  until 07:20 p.m. and from Rayong Starts at 03:30 a.m. until 08:30 p.m. One way  fare  is 101 baht. The trip takes about 3 hours Second Air conditioned buses leave Bangkok from 03:30 a.m.-04:30 p.m. One way fare is 87 baht.

Bangkok-Rayong (Morchit 2)
     Air  condition  buses  Morchit 2  leave Bangkok eyery 01:30 hour from 04:30 a.m. until 09:00 p.m. And  from  Rayong  starts  at  04:30  a.m.  until  07:30 p.m  One  way  fare  is 100 baht. The trip takes about 3:30 hours  

Bangkok-Ban Phe
     Air  condition  buses leave Bangkok to Ban Phe every 1 hour from 05:00 a.m. until 8:30 p.m. and leave Ban Phe to Bangkok from 04:00 a.m. until 06:30 p.m. One way fare is 108 baht.

Bangkok-Klaeng (Sam Yan)
     Air  condition  buses  leave  Ekamai  Terminal  from 05:00 a.m.until 10:00 p.m and leave Kleang from   04:30   a.m.-  07:30   p.m.  every  1  hour. One  way  fare  is  103 baht. The  trip  takes  about  4 hours.Bangkok: Tel. (066) (02) 3912237 Klaeng: Tel. (066) (038) 674144

Ubonratchathani-Rayong
     Air  condition  buses  leave  Ubonratchathani  and Rayong from 06:30 a.m.-07:30 p.m. (Through Srisaket,  Surin,  Burirum,  Nakornratchasima,  Chachoeng-sao,  and Pattaya) One way fare is 440 baht.The trip takes about 13 hours. Ubon: Tel. (045) 255577 Rayong: Tel. (066) (038) 615205,616-
009

Nong Kai-Rayong
     Air  condition buses leave Nong Kai from 07:00 a.m.-07:20 p.m.(Through Udonthani, KhonKaen, Korat,  Chachoeng -sao and Pattaya and leave Rayong from 07:00 a.m.- 08:20 p.m.) One way fare is  396  baht.  The  trip  takes  about  14  hours. Contact  to  407  Pattaya  Tour,  Nong Kai: Tel. (042) 411261 Rayong: Tel. (066) (038) 612179

Nakornratchasima- Rayong
     Air  condition  buses  leave  Korat  06:00 a.m.-  09:00 p.m.  and  leave  Rayong   from  06:00 a.m. -09:.00 p.m.One way fare is 201 baht. Second class leave from 06:30 a.m.- 04:00 p.m.One way fare is  160 baht.  Contact  to  Rayong  bus station Tel. (066) (038) 611379 Nakornratchasima: Tel. (044) 256006-9

Chiang Mai-Rayong
     V.I.P.buses leave Chiang Mai from 05:00 a.m.-05:45 p.m. and leave Rayong at 08:15 a.m., 04:10 p.m.,  05:45 p.m.  One  way  fare  is 575 baht Air condition buses leave Chiang Mai from 05:00 a.m.-05:45 p.m. and leave Rayong at 05.00 p.m. One way fare is 505 baht. Tel. (044) 6155205

Chanthaburi-Rayong
     Regular  buses  leave  Chanthaburi  from  05:30  a.m.-05:30 p.m. every 30 minutes. The trip take about 2:30 hours. One way fare is 40 baht.

TAXI
     leave Chanthaburi at Vong Vian Nampu (fountain) area and leave Rayong at Clock tower area from  06:00  a.m.- 05:00 p.m. (Monday from 5:00a.m.) The trip take about 1:30 hours The fare is 400 baht /4 persons.

VAN
     leae  Chanthaburi  at  Vong Vian Nampu area and leae Rayong at Clock tower area from 06:00 a.m.-05:00 p.m. (Monday from 05:00 a.m.) The trip take about 2 hours. The fare is 500-600 baht per 5-6 persons.

Rayong- Chonburi
     Regular  buses  (Old line)  (Through  Mabtapud-Ban  Chang - Sattahip - Pattaya - Sriracha  and Bangsaen). The fare is about 40 baht.

     Regular buses (New line)(Through Mabkha-Yag Krathing Lai) The fare is about 40 baht.

    Taxi leave Rayong at OTANI hotel area and leavinng Chonburi at Tambon Tha Kian from 06:10 a.m. until 06:30 p.m. every 50 minutes. The trip take 1 hour. One way fare is 120 baht.

     Contact Bangsaenmahanakorn,Chonburi.Tel: (066) (038) 282537

Local Transportation
     Public  urban  transportation  within  Rayong  is  in the form of minibuses. Local buses leave the bus  station  at  Rayong Trade Centre for various destinations throughout the day .The fare is 5-20 baht depend on the distance.

Boat to kho Samet

     Kho  Samet can reach by boat from Ban Phe.Boats leaving Ban Phe for Kho Samet through the day from 6:00 a.m.until 5:00 p.m.One way fare is 30 baht.The trip takes 40 minutes.

By Air
     Bangkok  Airways  operates  regular  scheduled  flights  from  Samui Island to Rayong-Utapao International  Airport.  For information contact Bangkok Airway Tel. (066) (02) 2293456, Don Muang office  Tel.  (066) (02)  5352497-8  and  Pattaya office Tel. (066) (038) 411965, 710084 Samui office , Tel. (066) (077) 425012

     Orient  Thai  Airline  operates  regular  scheduled  flights  from  Chaing  Mai - Rayong - Utapao-Bangkok.  For  information  contact  Orient  Thai  Airline  in  Utapao ,  Tel: (066)  (038)  2455967 and Chaing Mai office Tel. (066) (053) 201566-7, 272040 Phuket office Tel. (066) (076) 232302-3