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Posted on September 11, 2017 in Activities, Beaches

Rayong province is well-known by Thai people but has been largely overlooked by farang (foreigners). With more than 100 kilometres (62 miles) of coastline, Rayong has plenty of beautiful beaches that remain virtually untouched. However the province has traditionally focused on fishing, agriculture and industry rather than tourism, like most other Thai provinces. The result is an untouched and off the beaten path Thai paradise!

Aerial view of Mae Rumphueng Beach in Rayong, Thailand
Mae Rumphueng Beach on a cloudy day. That white building nestled in the thick trees is Victory View Condos, home of the fastest internet on the beach — 100mbps down and 20mbps up. (learn more)

  Highest Rated Beach in Rayong

At 10 kilometres (over 6 miles) in length, Mae Rumphueng Beach is the most popular and highest ranked beach in all of Rayong. (It is also occasionally misspelled “Ramphueng” thanks to TripAdvisor.) What makes these accolades even more impressive is that the beach is deserted on weekdays and practically deserted on the weekends.

Friday at 3pm and Mae Rumphueng Beach is completely deserted -- welcome to the hidden gem of Rayong, Thailand
It is 2:54pm on a gorgeous Friday afternoon, not a cloud in the sky and not a single person on Mae Rumphueng Beach. This is why I love living here!

  Much More Than Just Beaches

Rolling hills dot the coastline and larger limestone mountains dominate the northern part of the province, resulting in a scenic and diverse natural landscape that is lush with jungles, gorgeous waterfalls and plenty of wildlife. Outdoor activities abound, including mountain ziplining, hiking, mangrove forests and scenic view points.

Check out this extreme 15-part zipline down the side of a mountain in Rayong, Thailand
Check out this extreme 15-part zipline down the side of a mountain just a few minutes from Rayong, Thailand. (Flight of the Gibbons has nothing on this!)

  Cannot Forget the Islands

Koh Samet is the jewel of Rayong and the nicest island around. It is visible from the beach and accessible via a short ferry ride from one of the piers in Ban Phe. The island’s interior is thickly wooded but countless resorts line the beaches of the north and eastern sides, sandwiched in between jungle and ocean. Even longtime expat residents of Rayong head out to Koh Samet on a monthly basis for a vacation away from their vacation home 😉

Stunning view of Koh Samet just off the coast of Mae Rumphueng Beach in Rayong, Thailand
Most of the island is part of the Khao Laem Ya – Mu Ko Samet National Park. However the national park also covers part of the mainland as well (visible on the left). The entry fee of 200 baht gives guests one week access to the entire park, both the mainland half and the island half 😉

WHAT TO DO IN RAYONG

Rayong is full of beautiful beaches, delicious restaurants and tons of amazing activities. Wondering what to do while here? Look no further!

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