Rayong beckons luxury seekers to the relatively less-trodden eastern side of Thailand. Sat roughly midway between the Cambodian border and Bangkok, it’s a province renowned for its unspoiled landscapes, untouched beaches, and speckling of paradise islands.
On the mainland, most of the plaudits go to Ramphueng Beach. Stretching over seven miles from end to end, it’s all soft sand that glitters a slight golden shade framed by lanky pine trees and casuarinas. Locals come here just as much as travellers, which adds a buzz about the place and means tastebud-tempting seafood shacks pop up along the shoreline during the peak season, from December to March.
Another popular choice is Hat Sai Kaew, a stretch of sand with lively beach bars and a few restaurants, well-known for its spectacular sunsets.
A villa rental in Rayong can be like a private resort, complete with chic spa facilities, infinity pools edging the Thai Gulf, and gourmet meals provided by top chefs. They’re also the perfect choice for those with hearts set on a tropical wedding in the Land of Smiles.
For culture buffs, nothing beats Yomjinda Road in Rayong’s Old Town, which offers a glimpse into the province’s long history and deep heritage. The whole drag is lined with well-preserved shophouses that retain their classic architectural style – a mix of Chinese, Khmer, Thai, and colonial influences. Between them are stacks of art galleries, vintage shops, local cafés, and more.
Then there’s Koh Samet. A short ferry ride from the mainland, this is Rayong’s most celebrated island and is now a part of the Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet National Park. This protected area encompasses glittering beaches (the only pure white-sand beaches in the region) and vibrant coral reef systems (a must for snorkellers and divers). It’s a place with plenty in the way of luxury but also down-to-earth Thai fishing hamlets where you can sample zesty curries and peanut-topped noodles on the streetside.
Browse our array of luxury villa rentals in Rayong if this sounds like the corner of Thailand for you.
- The seven-mile-long Ramphueng Beach
- Historic architecture along the bustling Yomjinda Road
- The gorgeous beaches and bays of Koh Samet
- Go snorkelling or diving in the Khao Laem Ya-Mu Ko Samet National Park
- Taste traditional Thai street food
- Snorkel in vibrant coral reefs