Attractions in Rayong and Koh Samet

Historical Sites
City Pillar Shrine
City Pillar Shrine
City Pillar Shrine
Location : Amphoe Mueang Rayong
Located on Lak Mueang Road, this shrine was first built of wood. Then it was replaced by a concrete construction with Chinese characteristics. The old city pillar was formerly in front of the shrine. A new one was later set up with a four-porched shelter. A celebration is held annually during the Songkran festival in mid - April.
Religious Sites
Phra Chedi Klang Nam
Location : Amphoe Mueang Rayong
It is located at Paaknam, Mueng Rayong. Its shape is a small bell, has 10 meters height, located at the center of Rayong River. The local government of Rayong built a bridge to this pagoda. Klang Naam Pagoda is now a symbol of Rayong and is what Rayong people respect. Around mid December of every year which is a flood season, there is a presenting robes to monks and cover clothes for pagoda tradition. Besides, there is a Loy Krathong festival and traditional boat racing in this area too. The clothes covering the pagoda tradition has to use a red cloth which is 6 meters long, covered at the top of the pagoda by two men. Around this pagoda, there is a pine forest for people to relax. Phra Chedi Klang Nam
Phra Chedi Klang Nam
Somdet Krommaluang Chumphon Shrine
Location : Amphoe Klaeng
Near the mouth of the river Prasair is the district of Klaeng is the Somdet Krommaluang Chumphon shrine, which honors the "Father of the Royal Thai Navy". To reach the site turn off the Sukhumvit Road at KM. 278 and travel a distance of 9 kms.
The King Taksin Shrine
Location : Amphoe Mueang Rayong
The shrine is located of Wat Lum Mahachai Chumpon which commemorates King Taksin the Great's brief sojourn in Rayong. In front of the shrine is a large tree of the genus, Parkia, where according to local legend, his elephant was believed to be stabled. It is highly revered by the people, particularly those of Chinese ancestry, and attracts large crowds during Chinese New year celebrations.
Wat Nam Tok Tamros (Sam Nak Song Nam Tok Tamros)
Location : Amphoe Mueang Rayong
The monastery is located in Payupnai district, 120 acres large. Loung Por Thammarod or Loung Por Klai Thidtathammo of Thammarod Waterfall Monastery is an abbot of this temple, using for merit. There are many attractions such as Pra Jaow Perd Loak image of Buddha, Bodhisattava image, Destoyed Devils Bell Tower, which are really graceful.
Wat Saranat Thammaram
Location : Amphoe Klaeng
King Taksin Shrine
King Taksin Shrine
This temple is located at the market in Klaeng town and was constructed in 1945. This very imposing structure boasts one of the most beautiful Ubosots in the East. Replicas of many well-known Buddhist chedis are erected around the compound
Wat Pa Pradu
Location : Amphoe Mueang Rayong
This temple was constructed during the Ayutthaya period Enshrined in the temple is a large reclining Buddha, measuring 11.95 meters long by 3.60 meters high. This differs from other similar images in that it reclines on its left side.
Wat Khodtimtaram
Location : Amphoe Mueang Rayong
It is located in Tha Pra Du district which is the oldest temple in Rayong, was built in 1464 by Tim, the governor of Rayong, since the late of Ayutthaya. There are paintings inside the old valuable church, painted by local painter. It is all about the 10 life of Jakata and Loung Por Kaow image which is a respectfully monk of Rayong people, more than 500 years of age. The annual festival is held on 13-15 April of every year.
Monument
Wat Pa Pradu
Wat Pa Pradu
Sunthon Phu Monument
Location : Amphoe Klaeng
The Statue of Sunthorn Phu Phra Chedi Klang Nam: Being further down the beautiful road going towards Klaeng district, 53 kilometers from town, the great poet of the Ratanakosin Era has been designated is located in the village of Ban Kram, the birthplace of Sunthorn Phu's father. There is a well-kept memorial park at the house site. A statue of the poet in a seated position is placed on a hillock overlooking an ornamental pond, Characters from his most famous work can be seen below him. His beloved hero, Phra Aphaimanee, is playing a flute at the foot of the hill. The graceful mermaid rests on a rock in the pond as a giant ogress rises out of the water.
Museums
Wat Ban Don Film Museum
Location : Amphoe Mueang Rayong
It is located at Moo 4 Cheung Neun district, to keep a hundred of Grand Shadow Plays which have more than 200 years of age, took from Phatthalung in 1888. It also keep Grand Shadow Plays which are currently on show. If you are interested to see the Grand Shadow Play, you should contact the office 5 days before. Moreover, there is a massage service by the group of conservative Thai massage in Wat area.
Rayong Aquarium
Location : Amphoe Mueang Rayong
Sunthon Phu Monument
Sunthon Phu Monument
Located in the Eastern Marine Fisheries Research and Development Centre, Ban Phe, the aquarium keeps various kinds of beautiful fish and sea plants. The centre conducts study, research and testing regarding marine biology and behaviors of marine life. A large aquarium with a tunnel allows visitors to see various beautiful fish as well as economic-related creatures living in the mangrove forest such as cuttlefish, crab, giant clam, and horseshoe crab.

The outdoor aquarium also houses various marine life. The turtle pond houses hawksbill turtles, olive turtles, and leatherback turtles. The fish pond houses large species of fish. Visitors can witness the real underwater world in a special pond that houses starfish, anemone and sea cucumber. Various fishery tools in miniature are also displayed. The Fossil Museum exhibits stuffed and extinct animals as well as a display of rare animals such as humpback dolphin and Irrawaddy Dolphin. Seafood products are available on sale outside the building.

The Rayong Aquarium is open from Wed-Fri: 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. and on weekends from 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Group visitors should call in advance.
Markets
Ban Phe Market
Location : Amphoe Mueang Rayong
Ban Phe Market
Ban Phe Market
Ban Phe, 19 kilometers from town, is a busy fishing port and the center of local marine produce. The town of Ban Phe is characterized by narrow streets of shops and houses, It is a stopping off points for tourists en route to the island of Koh Samet. Boats leave regularly for the island from the piers. Shop in the main street stock a wide variety of marine produce and many souvenirs and trinkets fashioned from shells of different shades and sizes.
Old – hip Market Yom Jinda Road
Location : Amphoe Klaeng
Shortcut for a walk in the old market. nowadays it is a traditional district and make it better in new look withthe way of the people in real communities. Yom Jinda Road is the land mark of Rayong province full of Old wooden house through two side of the road . beside , it is also location of freash market ,Bank ,cinema , commercial building maintaining cultural transmission from generation to generation that can see trade brilliance trail in the past . The name "Yom Jinda Road" because the house of last ruler of Rayong set majestically on this road constructed nearly 80 years ago, the first owner his name is Srisamut Phok Chai Kodchitsongkharm or Im Yom Jinda. Not far away , visitors and residents will meet at the fresh market and every thing you need can found here.
Public Parks
Suan Son Park
Location : Amphoe Mueang Rayong
Suan Son Park
Suan Son Park
It is 1 kilometer from Ban Phe and also know as the Casuarinas (pine) gardens. These splendid tress line both verges of the road for a distance of 1 kilometer. It is a popular picnic place with shady areas.
Sri Muang Park
Location : Amphoe Mueang Rayong
The park is located in the center of town behind the city hall. The most prominent feature is a Buddhist Shrine called Ho Phra Buddha Ang Khee Rot which is built over an artificial lake and in Traditional Thai architectural style.
The Sobha Botanical Gardens
Location : Amphoe Mueang Rayong
These possess one of the greatest varieties of trees and plants in Thailand. Located on the Phe road, Muang district. Rayong, 17 kilometers from town, the Gardens are only 3 kilometers from the ferry to Samet island. In the Gardens, one sees also a Thai Sala and a group of three classical Thai houses, each of which is more than a hundred years old. The houses are completely furnished and have utensils traditionally used by the people. There are also a number of antique objects and other objects 's art on display on the houses.
Suan Wang Kaew
Location : Amphoe Klaeng
This is agreeably one of the most picturesque part of the east coast and used to be the most famous tourist spot. Wang Kaew is a beautifully landscaped headland with a fine beach and accommodation available in cottages and bungalows. It is 38 kilometers from town.

 

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