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Payoon and Pala Beach
Payoon and Pala BeachLocated in Ban Chang district about 33 and 36 kilometers respectively from Rayong Town. Both beaches are connected, peaceful and eminently suitable for swimming. Here visitors have choice of accommodation from luxurious hotel to economy bungalows.

Dok Krai Reservoir
Dok Krai ReservoirLocated in Pluak Daeng district, 35 kilometers from Rayong Town. This is the center of development projects under the advice of H.M.King Bhumipol Adulyadej on agriculture, fishery, irrigation, land and farm animals. The reservoir covers 20,000 rais of land, is surrounded by the natural beauty ideal for relaxing, camping and educational tour.

Mae Rumphueng Beach
The beach, some 10 kilometers ng, is located between Ban Tapong and Ban Kon Ao,11 kilometers from town, and sited within the Khao Laem Yah - Ko Samet Group National Park. This is a particularly beautiful spot with a headland forming a magnificent backdrop to a crescent shaped bay with broad sandy beaches which are ideal for swimming.

Ban Kon Ao
This is a typical fishing village, some 22 kilometers from town, which is dominated by a temple with seats a top hill overlooking the shoreline. The area is subject to wind and sea erosing. The palm trees appear to be standing on sand pedestals, which appear to be help together only by the roots of the trees.

Khao Laem Ya - Ko Samet Group National Park
Khao Laem Ya In 1981 the area known as Khao Laem Ya and the island of Ko Samet was designated as a nature reserve. It is an area of great natural beauty which is enganced by the tranquillity of the surroundings.

Ko Samet Group National Park Khao Laem Ya is located about 6.4 kilometers from the fishing village of Ban Phe. Ko Samet, on which Sunthorn Phu, Thailand'greatest poet based his most famous work, the story of Pra Apaimanee, lies about 40 minutes boat journey offshore. The park also covers Mae Rumphueng Beach, Ban Kon Ao and some islands near Ko Samet such as Ko Kudee, Ko Kruai, Ko Khangkhao and
Ko Platin.

Ban Phe
Ban Phe Ban Phe, 22 kilometers from town, is a busy fishing port and the center of local marine produce. The town of Ban Phe is characterised by narrow streets of shops and houses, It is a stopping off points for tourists en route to the island of Ko 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.

Ko Samet or Ko Kaew Phisadan
It is the most well-known attraction of Rayong offers beautiful beaches with charming white sand, strange-shape rocks, suitable relaxation, water sporting, exploring the coral reefs beneath the sea. Ko Samet is located some 6.5 kilometers from Ban Phe. There are boat services available all day and many kinds of accommodation there.

Ko Kudee
It lies approximately 6 kilometers offshore. Besides Ko Kudee there are two smaller islands, one is Ko Khangkhao and another is Ko Ruesee Cave. All three islands lie a little to the east of Ko Samet. The islands have beautiful natural landscapes and ringed by fine beaches which are ideal for swimming and camping on.

Wang Kaew
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

Suan Son Park
Suan Son Park It is 1 kilometer from Ban Phe and also know as the Casuarina (pine) gardens. These splendid tress line both verges of the road for a distance of 1 kilometer. It is a popular picnic place with ahady areas.

Laem Mae Phim
At KM. 26 on the coastal road between Ban Phe and Klaeng, 48 kilometers from town, is Laem Mae Phim. This is a popular beach attracts Thai tourists. There are many bungalows for rent at the site and along the roadside there are vendors selling a wide range of product. Such as fruits, coconuts, fried squid and skeweres oysters, Boats can be hired to visit the nearby Ko Mun island group.

Mun Islands
Mun Islands Lying off the coast near Kram is the Ko Mun island group which consists of three islands, namely Ko Mun Nai, Ko Mun Klang and Ko Mun Nok which mean inner, middle and outer Mun islands. These islands are located about 5 kilometers off Laem Mae Phim and take about 50 minutes to reach by boat. The cost is about 500 baht per round trip. The islands are worth while exploring, each one having fine sandy beaches which offer secluded sports for sunbathing or swimming.

The Khao Chamao - Khao Wong National Park
It is about 17 kilometers off the main highway at KM. 274, 76 kilometers from Rayong and
abounds with various types of trees and plants, as well as species highly valued as decorative plants. The Khao Chamao waterfall has eight levels. It is not too difficult to reach the top.

Khao Wong Caves
To reach Khao Wong take the turning at KM. 288 on the Sukhumvit Road and travel a distance of 12 kilometers to find the caves. At Khao Wong, there are about 60 caves around the base of the mountain, many of the cave are occupied by Buddhist monks, and one has been turned into a shrine with a replica of the Buddha's footprint.

The King Taksin Shrine
The King Taksin ShrineThe 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 Pa Pradu Wat Pa Pradu
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.

Phra Chedi Klang Nam
Phra Chedi Klang Nam The Chedi (Pagoda) is located about 2 kilometers from town center and in sited on an islet at the mouth of the Rayong River. The Chedi, stands about 10 meters high, and is an ancient structure, though there is no evidence of when it was built and by whom. An annual celebration is held during the twelfth lunar - month (November) featuring exciting boat races.

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