is located in the east coast of Thailand on the northern shoreline
of the Gulf of Thailand, some 179 kilometres from Bangkok.
Rayong has an extensive coastline stretching
for approximately 100 kilometres, is some 3,552 square kilometres
in area, and is divided into 6 administrative districts. To
the north and west it is bordered by the province of Chonburi,
east by Chanthaburi Province and south by the Gulf of Thailand.
The total population of the province is about 437,552 persons.
In general the geography of Rayong is marked
by a series of mountains interspersed by flat plains and large
tracts of land under forest, rubber and fruit plantation.
Offshore there are many islands which are wellknown by the
tourist, such as Ko Samet and Ko Man.
Rayong was mentioned in the Thai history
during the late Ayuttaya period, when the former capital was
razed to the ground by the invading Burmese. At this time
Phaya Tak, later to become King Taksin of Thonburi, led a
band of patriots and broke out through the cordon of besieging
troops who had surrounded the capital. He then made the cast
stopping in Rayong to build up his navy before proceeding
on to Chantaburi. Because of his courage and bravery, the
soldiers and local population appointed him as "King"
in Rayong. Once he had built up sufficient troop strength,
Phaya Taksin returned to Ayuttaya and routed the Burmese and
set up a new capital in Thonburi.
Rayong is blessed with its abundance
of nature beauty, It has a well deserved reputation for producing
seafood poducts such as shrimp paste, fish sauce and dried
seafoods, and tropical fruits of which Rambutan, Mangosteen
and Durian are the most famous. The climate is tropical, generally
warm and humid with abundant rainfall, average temperature
is around 28 C. The best months are November through February.