A short drive from the busy city of Bangkok, Rayong is nice haven for weekend escapes.
An hour drive from Pattaya, the Beach town of Rayong is a good choice with various places and delicacies to enjoy. The turquoise-coloured water and a number of resorts make it a very easy beach destination to go to on holidays. Ko Samet’s beautiful beach is among the top on the list for the locals.
If you do not want to do a Boat ride, Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet national park is a good choice. Its crescent sandy beach is peaceful enough to pitch a tent and enjoy swimming in azure water.
Thung Prong Thong at Pak Nam Prasae is a famous Landmark. Acquiring about 2,400 acres, the huge mangrove forest turns vibrant in gold color when it gets lit by the sunlight. The one-km long boardwalk allows visitors to explore the forest which serves as a breeding ground for marine life and learn about the local ecology.
Rayong also has excellent cuisine worthwhile trying. Nestled in a quiet corner of old town Rayong. Yomjinda Road is a nice road to search for Rayong local dishes. One of the dishes you should definitely try is the famous curry called Moo Chamuang. Without adding coconut milk, the curry contains fried pork belly that has the mixture of local seasoning and shrimp Paste. After long boiling until the pork is tender, Garnicia cowa leaves are added. The leaves give a sour taste which characterizes the local curry. Jaeng Lon is similar to fish cake, but it get served in the shape of meatballs on a stick. The fish meat is mixed with curry paste and grounded coconut. Grilled Jaeng Lon creates a very mouthwatering smell.
Kanom Nimnuan is a bit rare to find, but worthwhile to search for. It is a dumpling sweet, puffed with coconut and sugar and covered with a thin layer of flour.
How to get there: Rayong is 113 miles from Bangkok via highway 7.