Rayong

“Sitting on the Gulf of Thailand just under 200kms from Bangkok and around 50kms from the popular tourist resort of Pattaya, Rayong is generally regarded as an industrial town but it does boast some scenic beaches. The main bus station is located around five kilometres north-west of the town, just off Highway 36.

Buses depart Bangkok’s Eastern bus terminal at Ekamai on a regular basis, while it is also possible to take a bus from Suvarnabhumi Airport and avoid the busy traffic getting out the capital. Rayong bus station offers easy access to the north-east and north, with connections to Nakon Ratchasima, Udon Thani, Ubon Ratchathani and Chiang Mai all available.

The bus station itself is fairly small, consisting of bus bays, a seating/waiting area, food vendors and a minimart. As it is located outside Rayong, travellers generally have to take tuk-tuks or motorcycle taxis to get into Rayong itself; however, there is a smaller bus station inside Rayong, so it may be worth checking if your bus is continuing on the route into town.

Rayong may not have the reputation of Pattaya, but those looking to get a sample of what the nearby tourist haven is like might enjoy The Love Club, where sexy girls dance the night away on stage. Visitors interested in a more gastronomic experience can try one of the reputable seafood restaurants dotted around town.”