Being only 3½ hours from Bangkok (1
hour from Pattaya.),
not so far from Rayong
you can get to Baan Phe (busy fishing port and center of local
marineproduce). It is a stopping off points for tourists en route to
the island of Koh Samet. Shops in the main street stock a wide
variety of local products such as fish souse, cuttle-fish, dried
shrimp and shrimp paste. 30 minutes by shuttle boat from Baan Phe
you are in Koh Samet which offer beautiful beaches with charming
white sand and strange-shaped rocks, suitable for relaxation.
From Bangkok, take Highway No. 34
(Bang Na-Trat) or Motorway to Pattaya, and use Highway No. 36 to
Rayong. Or take Highway No. 34 (Bang Na-Trat) or Motorway to
Chonburi, and use Highway No. 344 (Ban Bung-Klaeng), then turn into
Highways No. 331 and No. 36 to Rayong.
Sukhumvit Road (Highway No.3):
Starting from Bangkok passes Bangpu District, Chonburi town,
Bangsaen, Sri Racha District, Pattaya, Hat Jomtien, Sattahip
District, Ban Chang District to arrive in the center of Rayong
Province. The total distance is 220 kilometers.
The most popular route, starting from
Bangna-Trat Road (Highway No.34) via Bang Phli and Bang Bo District
(Samut Prakan Province) and Highway No.3 at km. 70. The total
distance is 220.
Drive along Highway No.3 to Bang
Lamung, then turn off of Highway No.3 at Km.140 and continue on
Highway No.36 to Rayong. Total distance is 210 kilometers.
Taking Highway No.344 (Ban Bung-Klaeng)
at Chonburi town, passing Ban Bung, Nong Yai, Wang Chan and
finishing at Klaeng District, Rayong Province. The total distance is
100 kilometers. (Bangkok-Chonburi is 80 kilometers)
This route is suitable for those who like to go sightseeing in
Klaeng District and Khao Chamao-Khao Wong National Park or passing
through Chanthaburi Province.
Use the Motorway, starting from
Phatthanakarn Road, Prawet District, Bangkok and drive all the way
up to Pattaya (120 kilometers), then switch to use Highway No.36 and
proceed for another 50 kilometers to Rayong.
Bangkok Airways operates one flight
everyday from Phuket via Ko Samui to Rayong-U Ta Pao International
Airport. For more information contact Bangkok Airways in Bangkok,
Tel : +66 2265 5555 or travel agencies in Rayong.
Rayong is the gateway from the east to
the north and northeast. As such, there are many regular bus
services connecting Rayong and Bangkok and other province such as
Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima and Nong Khai.
Tourist should contact Cherd Chai Tour
(Public Bus Provider) by tel to +66 2392 9227, +66 2391 4164, +66
3865 1528 for updated information. Normally bus runs every hour
since 5.00 a.m. to 19.00 p.m. from Bangkok to Baan Phe public bus
station which located opposite of Nuan Thip Pier (the famous pier to
Koh Samet). You can also contact Nuan Thip Pier by tel at +66 3865
1508, +66 3865 1514, +66 3865 1513 to check ferry Timetables. The
other ferries provider is Sri Ban Phe Pier, you can reach them at
Tel: +66 3865 1902.
The ferry leaves from Baan Phe Pier
everyday. In the day time boat will departure nearly every hour, but
in the night time and for some route, boat have to wait until there
are at least 7 passengers before leave the pier. Itll normally
arrive at 3 piers on Samet Island. The most popular pier on Koh
Samet is locally called "Na Dan"which is approx 25 mins from Baan
Phe Pier, Ao Praw (30 mins) & Ao Vong Duen (45 mins). Price of boat
ticket is approx 100 200 Thai Bath per person per 1 roundtrip (2
ways), upon your destination. You can also hire a speed boat from
Baan Phe Pier to Samet, which costs around 1,000 Baht/Trip.
Rayong Town to Other Destinations:
Sang Chan Beach
Hat Mae Ramphueng
Ban Kon Ao/Kao Laem Ya
The Sobha Botanical Gardens
Suan Son Park
Klaeng District :
Suan Wang Kaew
Hat Laem Mae Phim
Statue of Sunthorn Phu
Khao Chamao Waterfall
Khao Wong Cave
Ban Phe District
Ban Khai District
U Taphao Airport
Ban Chang District
Tourist Information Office :
Upon arrival in Koh Samet there is a Tourist Information Center at
the pier. It's more a travel agent than anything else where you get
mainly tour and accommodation brochures. For starters a good map is
all you need and you'll get better information from hotels or local
Alternatively if you have time in
Rayong there is a Regional Tourism Authority of Thailand office near
the Tapong Fruit Market (about 30 minutes from the pier in Ban Phe).
Don't expect too much but you're likely to end up with better maps
and some nice and colorful travel guides.
Internet services are available along
the popular beaches of Sai Kaew Beach, Vongduern Beach and Ao Phai.
They are purely functional and are not fancy internet cafes but the
dial up speed is tolerable and its cheap.