Rayong Province (Thai: ระยอง, pronounced [rā.jɔ̄ːŋ]; Chong: ราย็อง) is a province (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from west clockwise) Chonburi, and Chanthaburi. To the south is the Gulf of Thailand.
Map of Thailand highlighting Rayong Province
|• Governor||Surasak Charoensirichot (since October 2016)|
|• Total||3,552 km2 (1,371 sq mi)|
|Area rank||Ranked 57th|
|• Rank||Ranked 45th|
|• Density||190/km2 (490/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||Ranked 25th|
|Time zone||UTC+7 (ICT)|
|ISO 3166 code||TH-21|
King Taksin (of Thailand) came to Rayong after the fall of Ayutthaya. During a short stay in Rayong he built a navy, and then went on to Chanthaburi to assemble forces to fight back against the Burmese. There is a shrine in Rayong where local people pay their respects to Taksin.
Although the north is hilly, the province consists mostly of low coastal plains. Several islands in the Gulf of Thailand belong to the province, including the popular tourist destinations, Ko Samet, Ko Mun, and Ko Khod.
- องค์ บรรจุน. สยามหลากเผ่าหลายพันธุ์. กรุงเทพฯ:มติชน, 2553, หน้า 128 (in Thai)