Name: Changwat Rayong
Area: About 3,552 km²
Inhabitants: About 530,000
Location: East Thailand, next to the Gulf of Thailand.
Neighboring provinces: Two (2): Chanthaburi and Chon Buri.
Amphoe / Districts: Ban Chang, Ban Khai, Khao Chamao, Klaeng, Mueang Rayong, Nikhom Patthana, Pluak Daeng, Wang Chan.
Popular tourist destinations: Koh Samet (Eg. the beaches Vong Duen and Sai Kaew Beach), Koh Mun, Koh Kudi, The Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhon Herbal Garden, Suan Son and Wat Pa Pradu.
About 180 km east of the capital of Thailand you find the province of Rayong. The area includes dozens of smaller islands and not less than 100 km beach. From Bangkok you can reach the province by car, bus or taxi, which takes about three or four hours. A faster option is to take flight from Suvarnabhumi Airport (Bangkok) to U-Tapao Airport, the flight time is approximately 40 minutes.
Many tourists who travel to the province do it to visit Koh Samet, Rayong, which is the largest island with some of the best beaches in the Siam bay. The sand on the most popular beaches are white and very fine-grained. Although the island is classified as a national park, has allowed the authorities to build resorts and restaurants here. The island has fourteen beaches and many of them suitable for diving and snorkeling.
Since Bangkok is located relatively close, consists passengers out of both the tourism of non Thais and Thais. The average temperature is normally at 28 degrees, which is a few degrees cooler than in those popular tourist areas in the south. It easily reaches the island by ferry from Ban Phe.