Time to Explore Rayong
Living in Thailand was getting very excited, so it was now time to explore the places around in the Rayong Province.
With inputs from locals and from online search, I visited the following places in Rayong. 

So here I go…

1. Wat Pra Pradu (Buddha Temple)

I started my day with Lord Buddha’s blessing. Wat Pra Pradu was about an hour drive from my condo. 

The temple was beautiful and peaceful, and the place had a warmth of divine nature. The temple was not overly crowded and it had local devotees around. At the temple you will find Buddha image in Vihara (reclining Buddha image), and in the same premises there are other small temples of Buddha.

(Important Tip: While visiting any Buddhist temple, avoid wearing shorts/miniskirts, sleeveless T-shirts/Tops, short dresses, tube/tank tops)

Reclining Buddha image.

Buddha image in Vihara.

2. Sky View Tower and Mangrove Research Centre:

After the temple visit, I decided to experience the countryside of Rayong. 

“Sky View tower and Mangrove Research centre” which was 13 min drive from the temple, was my next destination. 

The entry is free for the mangrove research centre and the sky view tower. There is a walking trail which takes you through the mangrove forest, with an array of mangrove trees. I did spot tiny crabs crawling over the mushy mud. The trail was very scenic, and the sky view tower is located at its end. The view from the top of the tower is just magnificent. 

I stayed back on the tower for quite some time, enjoying the splendid view of the forest and the adjoining lake. Have a look!

At the entrance of the mangrove forest.

View from the tower.

3. Ko Kloi Floating Market Rayong: 

The concept of a floating market began in Bangkok and was then replicated in many regions, as it became a tourist hotspot. 

“Ko Kloi” floating market is a tiny yet cosy market, which was about 16 mins drive away from the mangrove forest. It has quite a few artefacts shops and a play area for kids and also fish feeding activity. 

The restaurants here served only local cuisine and unfortunately for me could speak only in Thai. I had started learning the Thai language, a few weeks back. And I had learnt the names of common dishes, such as “Khao Phat Goong”(fried rice with shrimp) and “Tom Yum Goong” (Spicy soup with shrimp). I ordered the same and the food was delicious and inexpensive.

And thus, I ended my first visit to Rayong, munching away yummy banana chips!

Hope you enjoyed reading my post, would love your comments. Your comments motivate me to write more about my experiences!
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