East Thailand actually faces mostly south and west. The “east” part comes from the fact that it’s east of Bangkok, which like most seats of government, considers itself the center of the planet. Perhaps no region of Thailand has undergone more development than the coastline between Bangkok and the Cambodian border. A small fishing village between Sri Ratcha and Pattaya in Chonburi province has been turned into Thailand’s largest deep sea port, with a huge industrial park adjacent.
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On down the coast, the old Vietnam-era “R & R” stop of Pattaya has grown into an international beach resort. Further along in Rayong is yet another petrochemical-centered industrial park, as well as the tiny resort island of Samet, while far to the east is the “new Phuket” Koh Chang. The closest beach resorts to Bangkok, this region is an absolute tourist magnet. Its most popular destinations include Pattaya and Ko Samet, but there are also some undiscovered beaches and islands.
While Pattaya is the original mass tourism destination, the islands of Ko Samet and Koh Chang also turned into popular beach destinations. On the other hand, the islands at the eastern tip of the region, until recently very difficult to get to, are some of the most scenic and untouched in the country.
East Thailand comprises the seven provinces that lie south of Isaan and east of the Central Plains, sandwiched between Bangkok and Cambodia.
Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi, Chonburi, Prachinburi, Rayong, Sa Kaeo, Trat
- What is Pattaya? the official Guide - What is Pattaya? If you have Travel agent selling you a package tour to Pattaya saying that it has a beautiful beach resort or one of the best beaches in Thailand. Don’t be fooled by this, instead Pattaya doesn’t have the said lovely beaches as it is too commercialised. Pattaya beach doesn’t stand a chance [...]
- Samet Island - Samet Island Samet Island, a small island in Rayong province, around 200 km Southeast of Bangkok, along the way to Trat province and the island of Koh Chang. Technically part of Khao Laem Ya – Koh Samet National Park, Samet Island is a popular weekend getaway for Thais and tourists living or visiting Bangkok and [...]
- Koh Chang Travel Guide - Koh Chang Travel Guide Koh Chang – with no less than 50 offshore isles, Koh Chang boasts the finest red gems, sweet Rakam fruits, indigenous dogs, the historic Koh Chang Naval engagement, and is the eastern-most province in Thailand. Koh Chang (Elephant Island) is Thailand’s second largest island and the primary destination for those visiting [...]
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