Trip to Rayong for the Kite Festival

During mid-March, I drove down to Rayong to take photos of their first kite festival on Saengchan Beach. I haven’t been to Rayong for a number of years and so I took the opportunity to explore the province. Most people only use Rayong as a stepping stone to reach Koh Samet. But the beaches along the mainland are just as good and certainly don’t get so crowded. If you have your own transport, they are worth exploring. The following photos were posted live during the trip.

Travel date: 11-15 March 2016

DAY ONE: This morning I’m setting off on a 5-day road trip to Rayong in Eastern Thailand. It’s about 2.5 hours from my house.

My first stop in Rayong is at the TAT tourist office to pick up some brochures. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/kXtMbEJjuA32

Rayong Aquarium is a great place to go to escape the heat of the day & learn something about aquatic life. Tickets for Rayong Aquarium are only 30B for adults & 10B for kids. Open Wednesday to Sunday. Well worth visiting.

Khao Laem Ya – Mu Koh Samet National Park is 200B for foreigners. On the mainland there is a 1 hour nature trail.

Khao Laem Ya – Mu Koh Samet National Park in Rayong has a pleasant 1 hour walk through a forest & along the coast.

Khao Laem Ya, named after the wild grass that grows there, is a good sunset viewpoint. In the distance is Koh Samet.

Most popular beach on the mainland in Rayong is Hat Mae Ramphueng. Nice tree shade on this 12km Long Beach.

Opening ceremony this evening for the 1st Rayong Kite Festival “กินลม ชมว่าว ชายหาดระยอง” on Saengchan Beach.

The 1st Rayong Kite Festival is taking place on Saengchan Beach on Saturday afternoon.

For the next two nights I’m staying at Kantary Bay hotel on Saengchan Beach in Rayong.

Aerial photo of Kantary Bay hotel (แคนทารี เบย์ โฮเทล) and Saengchan Beach in Rayong. This is where I’m staying.

DAY TWO: Good morning from Rayong in Eastern Thailand. Overcast with gusty winds today. Tomorrow should be better.

Wat Pa Pradu (วัดป่าประดู่) in Rayong has a large reclining Buddha image which strangely lies on its left-hand side.

Shrine of King Taksin the Great (ศาลสมเด็จพระเจ้าตากสิน) in Rayong where King Taksin tied his elephant toa tree.

Every province in Thailand has a city pillar shrine which houses the guardian spirits. This is the one in Rayong.

Wat Khot Thimtharam in Rayong dates back to 1464. There is a celebration every April for the revered Luang Pho Khao.

Si Mueang Park (สวนศรีเมือง) in Rayong was once used for the execution of prisoners. Now it’s a public park.

Phra Chedi Klang Nam (พระเจดีย์กลางน้ำ) is a pagoda in the middle of the Rayong River.

Last chance this afternoon for the Kite Festival on Saengchan Beach in Rayong.

DAY THREE: Good morning from Kantary Bay hotel on Saengchan beach in Rayong. Looks like some great weather ahead.

Rayong has close ties with Sunthon Phu, a poet in the Rattanakosin period. Statues of his characters are everywhere.

HTMS Prasae Memorial ship in Klaeng district of Rayong.

In Prasae, there is a 2.69km mangrove boardwalk along the coast – Klaeng district in Rayong.

If you don’t want to walk all the way back through the mangroves, a samlor driver will take you for 40B.

Prince Chumphon is the Father of the Thai Navy. You will see his statue at many ports. This is in Prasae, Rayong.

Sunthon Phu Monument (อนุสาวรีย์สุนทรภู่) was built to commemorate a leading poet from two centuries ago.

Laem Mae Phim Beach in Rayong is popular with families. It has deckchairs, umbrellas & food served on the beach.

The Western end of Laem Mae Phim Beach in Rayong has no restaurants. But that’s good if you like less people.

I’m staying at the Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa for the next two nights. It’s in Klaeng district of Rayong.

DAY FOUR: Good morning from the Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa. Forecast is a top temperature of 31°C & only sunny days ahead.

This morning I’m back in Prasae. I love it so much. I will do the mangrove walk again & fly my drone. Then I will do a tour of the town.

A samlor tour of Prasae in Rayong is only 200B & lasts just over one hour. Well worth it to see local way of life.

Would be nice to stay in a homestay in Prasae in Rayong. A great way to help the community. Here’s the number.

Prasae is quiet during the day, but they have a busy market at 6am & walking street on first Sat-Sun of the month.

I don’t normally do selfies, but I couldn’t resist this drone selfie at Prasae mangrove boardwalk in Rayong.

Bike tour through the wetlands near the Marriott. Excellent ride & views. Will go back.

This afternoon I visited the Botanical Gardens on a bike tour from the Marriott Rayong.

This is a satellite image of the wetlands in Klaeng district of Rayong. You can do boat trips here from 400 Baht.

If you stay at the Rayong Marriott Resort & Spa, make sure you do the bicycle tour. It’s really worth it. Only 250B.

That’s the end of my trip to Rayong. I drove back home thefollowing morning.

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