The East Coast
Thailand’s “Eastern Seaboard” actually faces mostly south and west. The “eastern” part comes from the fact that it’s east of Bangkok, which like most seats of government, considers itself the center of the universe. Perhaps no region of Thailand has undergone more development than the coastline between Bangkok and the Cambodian border. A small fishing village between Sri Ratcha and Pattaya in Chonburi province has been turned into Thailand’s largest deep sea port, with a huge industrial park adjacent.
On down the coast, the old Vietnam-era “R & R” stop of Pattaya has grown into an international beach resort. Further along in Rayong is yet another petrochemical-centered industrial park, as well as the tiny resort island of Samet, while far to the east is the “new Phuket” Koh Chang.
PATTAYA is a 2 hour drive from Bangkok, the renowned recreation center on the east coast. Its fine sand, blue sky and lipid sea are among many other good things that prove irresistible to both foreign and domestic tourists.
CHANTHABURI has numerous architecture structures here still bear resemblance to this period of history as seen in the largest Catholic cathedral in Thailand. The village is now home to a large Christian population. A coastal province famous for its gemstones fruits, hot pepper and Chanthabun mats. (245 km from Bangkok)
CHON BURI, Pattaya is the cream of Chon buri but other places of interest are plentiful in this province – Khao Sam Muk, where stands the Chao Mae Sam Muk Shrine highly revered by Thais; Bang Saen, the nearest-to-Bangkok beach resort for families; Ko Sichang, a paradise island whose name becomes the title of a song. ( 81 km from Bangkok)
RAYONG its here where the most attractive tourist spot is the Samet Island, which has become very popular among foreign visitors. Rayong also serves as one of Thailand’s agricultural and industrial areas. Not a real tourist hot spot but well worth the visit should you decide to travel by road to Cambodia . (179 km from Bangkok)
CHANTHABURI – Numerous architecture structures here still bear resemblance to this period of history as seen in the largest Catholic cathedral in Thailand. The village is now home to a large Christian population. A coastal province famous for its gemstones fruits, hot pepper and Chanthabun mats. (245 km from Bangkok)
RACHIN BURI is famous for its “Hin Phoeng” Rapids which is part of Khao Yai National Park. (135 km from Bangkok