Eastern Thailand: Travel/Tourist Information Guide
The Eastern Region of Thailand is bordering Cambodia on the east. It is the smallest of all the five regions in Thailand. It only covers seven provinces; Chonburi, Trat, Rayong, Chanthaburi, Prachinburi, Sakaeo, and Chachoengsao. This Eastern Seaboard's most popular destinations are Pattaya in Chonburi Province, Ko Chang in Trat, and Ko Samet in Rayong.
Pattaya is located at the Chonburi Province facing the Gulf of Thailand. It is the closest Thailand's major beach resort to Bangkok, which is only 147 kilometers away. The coastal city of Pattaya is Asia's premier beach destination. It is divided into five districts; the North Pattaya, the Central Pattaya, the South Pattaya, the Jomtien Beach, and the Bang Saen Beach. The Pattaya Beach is a 3 kilometer long beach that runs along the city center. It is full of life with hotels, restaurants, and shopping malls along the road facing the beach. There are sacred places like the Buddha Hill. It is one of the highest points of Pattaya and the home of the biggest Buddha statue located at the summit of the hill. The Phra Tamnak Hill has the best Pattaya Bay coastline viewpoint. Another popular sacred place is the Sanctuary of Truth. It is a huge ancient-style wooden temple rich with religious and philosophical truth. There are other attractions in Pattaya that continuously magnets tourists.
Ko Chang is an island in Trat. It is the one of the largest islands in the country and the largest in the Mu Ko Chang National Park archipelago; a marine national park that comprises parts of Ko Chang and other islands. Ko Chang means "Elephant Island" because of its elephant shaped headland, however, elephants are not indigenous. It is the home of long white sandy beaches, virgin and well-preserved rain forests with Khao Salak Phet being the highest peak at 743 meters, and wildlife like the stump-tailed macaque, the small Indian civet, and the small Asian mongoose. Ko Chang is housing some of Thailand's best beaches. The most popular beach in the island is the White Sand Beach or the Had Sai Khao. Other known beaches are the Klong Prao Beach, the Kai Bae Beach, and the Lonely Beach.
Ko Samet is a is a small island that is often called as the Paradise Island. The beaches hide in small bays and stretch to some 200 meters long. The largest beach in Ko Samet is the Diamond Beach or the Hat Sai Kaew. It is one of the most beautiful beaches that is measuring to 1 kilometer long and 25 meters to 30 meters wide. The beach has a crystal sand that sparkles when hit by sunlight. Visitors can enjoy sunbathing, swimming, jet skiing, windsurfing, catamaran sailing, banana boat ride, and the good nightlife in this island. During the day, enjoy a delicious Thai set lunch at a relaxed beach side restaurant. At night, there are bars and clubs that offers a great nightlife.