Eastern Thailand consists of 400 km of coastline from Chonburi and Pattaya to Rayong, Chantaburi, and Trat. Near the beaches, coves, bays and beaches, Eastern Thailand is well known for fresh seafood and local spicy cuisine along with tropical fruits.
The peninsula site of digging at Phanat Nikhom and Bo Thong districts of Chonburi put the history of Eastern Thailand to be some 2,000 years old. During 11th to 16th centuries AD, Dvaravati society with strong Indian religious and artistic influences organized their refuge in Eastern Thailand. Discover mainly in the region of Chonburi and Chantaburi, Dvaravati people, had close association with Dvaravati communities of Central Thailand. Various ancient monuments representation of Khmer style were uncover from Chantaburi and Trat recommend that this region was once the part of the ancient Khmer Empire
Ayutthaya was occupied by the Burmese in 17677 AD, the future king Taksin with his supporters withstand with the enemies from the East Coast passing through Chonburi, Pattaya and Rayong in the Eastern Thailand. The King Taksin finally settled at Chantaburi and brings together his forces to defeat the Burmese and achieve independence.
Tourist destinations in Eastern Thailand:
Chantaburi City Pillar and Taksin Maharat Shrine
Situated on Tha Luang Road in front of the Taksin Military Barracks are the Chantaburi City Pillar and Takshin Maharat Shrine. A historic structure built during the reign of King Rama VI to present the purpose of the Town Hall stands opposite to them.
Takshin Maharat Memorial
Located in the public park near the Town Hall on Liap Noen Road, Taksin Maharat Memorial is a statue of the king on the horse and together by his four royal guards. A huge pond adds to the amusement of the park and fulfills the purpose of a picnic spot. The pond is having different variety of fishes.
Si Chan Road
Si Chan Road is the business zone of Chantaburi and is a famous center of the gem business. Although, the real gem mining in Chantaburi has lessen over the years, a big number of gems and precious stones marketing with neighboring and far-flung countries are bought and sold here. The Gems Market is busy with bustle and people on the mornings of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Wat Phai Lom
Situated across the Chantaburi River from Si Chan Road established the Wat Phai Lom construct during the reign of King Rama III. The walls of the temple are decorated with the mural paintings telling the story of the life of Lord Buddha, Chinese floral themes and illustrations of the foreigners. The Architecture and ornamentation of the temple brings the contact of the people with the western world.
Situated on the Chanthanimit Road on the coast of the river, the Catholic Church is the biggest structure model of Catholic faith in Thailand. Built in 1909 AD with Gothic architectural style, the genuine roof was taken down during World War II to make it not obvious and to intercept it from being the possible target.
Wat Thong Thua
Wat Thong Thua is the mark of an ancient Bot, which was constructed over a Khmer-style temple. You may find a huge collection of ancient Khmer sculptures such as lintels, sandstone door columns, and inscription stone at the site. In the proximity is also the Muang Phaniat Archaeological Site. The remains of laterite base of a huge Khmer religious sanctuary and moats mark the southern limit of the town. The ancient town was assumed to be inhabited from the 12th to the 16th centuries of the Buddhist Era.
At a distance Rayong is 180 km from Bangkok, has fast grown as a beautiful beach resort on the eastern coast of Thailand. With a huge coastline for a 100 km, Rayong have many of attractive beaches, namely, Ban Phe, Suan Son Pine Park and Suan Wang Kaew. Rayong is abundant in undersea resources, agricultural produce and industrial manufacture. Rayong is divided into many districts of Muang Rayong, Klaeng, Ban Khai, Bang Chang, Pluak Daeng and Wang Chan districts and Khao Chamao and Nikhom Phatthana sub-districts.
The important tourist attractions in Rayong are:
Phra Chao Tak Sin Shrine
The Shrine of Phra Chao Tak Sin put on the grounds of Wat Lum Mahachai Chumphon at the spot where he and his follower once bunked. A standing statue of the great king is enshrined with in this shrine. The 300-year-old Satu Tree (Genus Parkia) is convinced to be the same tree with which he tied his elephant.
Wat Pa Pradu
Situated on the Sukhumvit Road is the ancient Wat Pa Pradu. A 12m long Buddha reclining on his left instead on his usual right side is enshrined within the temple. The authentic temple does not have a shelter and only in 1981, a wihan was built over it.
Wat Samut Khongkha or Wat Pak Nam
Wat Samut Khongkha or Wat Pak Nam is a primeval temple with a meter long chedi on an island in the middle of the Rayong River. The advocates of this temple are unknown but the chedi was the landmark of the province. Apparent from a long distance, the chedi indicate to the boatmen that they have arrived at Rayong. A commemoration includes the boat races are held on the full moon day of the 12th lunar month.
Situated close to the entrance into Ban Phe is the Sopha Arboretum. Home to different flowering plants, the main feature of the arboretum is the 100 years old Thai style wooden structure with display of porcelain wares of several histories and particularly of the Ban Chiang style.
Triangular shaped island and a popular tourist destination is known as Koh Samet. Pearl white sand beaches, forested land and several scenic views can be enjoyed towards north and east side of the island while the southern sides die out into the sea. This place serves as the natural den of the Sea Gulls who also lay eggs over here.
Located on the Eastern Coast of Thailand and probably the nearest beach destination from Bangkok is Chonburi. Chonburi has become as a major weekend retreat for the city people living in Bangkok or nearby areas. Chonburi offers amazing beaches, safe nightlife, water sports and delectable and fresh seafood to the tourists. Chonburi is divided into ten districts, namely, Muang Chonburi, Nong Yai, Phanat Nikhom, Ban Bung, Phan Thong, Bo Thong, Si Racha, Bang Lamung, Sattahip and Ko Si Chang.
Premier attractions of Chonburi are:
At about 105 km from Bangkok towards the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand, is situated Si Racha in Chonburi. The home of famous spicy sauce Naam Phrik Si Raacha, used by every household family in Thailand to prepare their food. It is also well known for one of the best place to have the seafood and in particular the local oysters that are served with the Naam Phrik Sii Raachaa Sauce., You may go visit Ko Loi and Si Racha Tiger Farm. Ko Loi is a little island famous for Thai-Chinese Buddhist Temple that can be approached from the mainland by a long pier. Si Racha Tiger Farm is almost 9 km from the town. They said to be the biggest tiger farm in the world with world famous tiger breeding facility; you may witness the Crocodile farm, Herbivores Zoo, Scorpion Farm and Animal Performances.
Ko Si Chang
The only town on a small island in Chonburi province that faces the mainland is Ko Si Chang. The whole of the island is almost deserted with a small population of fisher folk, retired and working mariners’ and government employees who are assigned by the customs office or with one of the aquaculture projects on the island. At Ko Si Chang, you may see the Yai Phrik VIP asana Center, Hat Tham, Wat Atsadangnimit, Tham Saowapha, San Jao, and Phaw Khao Yai.
Known as the ‘Jewel of the East’ was once a small fishing hamlet in Chonburi province that has developed into one of the most popular beaches of the world is Pattya. Pattaya has lot of natural resources to give to the tourist. Pattaya is ideal for water sports like Swimming, Beach Volley Ball, Para Sailing, Para Gliding, Water Scooters, Motor Boats, Snorkeling, and Scuba Diving. As well as the popular Pattaya Beach, one can always go to isolated Jomtien Beach, Kon Lan Island or the Coral Island, Million Years Stone Park and Pattaya Crocodile Farm, Nong Nooch Tropical Garden, Sriracha Tiger Zoo, Sanctuary of Truth.
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