Rayong is an understated gem of Thailand. The thing is, most people that travel through there or book hotel rooms in Rayong tend to only do so as a way to get to the more popular destination nearby; Ko Samet. This means that the town sees little, if any foreign travellers, despite being a mere hour east Pattaya.
If the quaint appeal of a not-so-bustling provincial town is what you’re after, then Rayong might be the place for you. Here’s some reasons for you to book hotel rooms in Rayong and pay this historical town a visit.
As we’ve said before, most of the people that set foot in Rayong tend to do so on their way to more well-travelled environs. However, it’s got a lot of to offer, from venerable wooden houses, Chinese shrines, Thai temples, and even some French-Indochinese buildings. Most of these are located in the old part of town, with the Yomjinda Road being the most notable street in the area.
Royal footsteps: King Taksin and the Wat Lum Mahachi Chumphon
The most historically well-known bit about Rayong is that it was commonly used as a resting port for General Taksin, who would then become king after rebuilding an army to repel the Burmese forces assaulting Ayutthaya back in the 1760s. To commemorate this fact, a shrine was dedicated to the late monarch at Wat Lum Mahachai Chumphon in the old town, complete with life-sized elephant statues.
Rayong has a beach, but don’t go booking hotel rooms in Rayong for sun and fun in the sand. If you’re the type to enjoy setting bait and waiting for a catch, however, then you’ll definitely want to be there. South of the city, via Taksin Maharat, lies the Pak Nam Sodsai fishing community, placed on the banks of the Rayong River. This is the place to be, and if you want sandier fishing spots, the bridges in the area lead into Haad Saeng Chan beach, which has different sections divvied up by a system of break walls. The Liap Chai Fang Road skirts the coastline, in case you get lost.