Bangkok, from the estuary of the Chao Phraya River, the East
Coast unfolds in a series of bays and beaches to the Thai-Kampuchean
border. Many popular resorts, including Pattaya, Asia's premier
beach resort, occupy a coast characterized by cliff-hidden bays,
palm-fringed beaches, innumerable fishing communities, lovely
islands and largely tranquil Gulf waters. The region is rich
in natural resources, including rubber, rice, fishing, orchards
and gemstones, and scenically arresting with several national
parks containing waterfalls, virgin forest and uninhabited, remote
100 kilometres southeast of Bangkok, is the capital's nearest resort.
A cool palm-lined promenade separates Bangsaen's long crescent
beach from seafront bungalows, a water amusement park and a modern
Khiao Open Zoo, 15 kilometer inland from Bang Phra,
occupies a 1200-acre hillside setting. Favourite Asian, African
and European mammals occupy spacious enclosures. Thailand's
most spectacular aviary, nestling against a forested hillside,
contains several rare Asian species.
147 kilometers southeast of Bangkok, is Thailand's "Riviera" and
internationally famous beach resort. All manner of watersports,
motor-racing, offshore coral islands, luxury accommodation and
a vibrant nightlife comprise Pattaya's main attractions.
Rayong, is best known for its Ban Phe fishing
village and the narrow, 6-kilometre long Samet island. Ko Samet has some 15
bays and lovely beaches, Coral reefs and limpid waters ideal for swimming,
snorkeling, scuba-diving and fishing are found on the island's east coast.
is famous for historic sites, Thailand's largest Christian
church, locally mined star sapphires, bountiful orchards and
the Khao Khitchakut and Namtok Phlui national parks which contain
the province bordering Kampuchea, is best known for the 52-island
Ko Chang Marine National Park, which is dominated by Thailand's
second largest island.