Colours of the east 7-day travel itineraries for Rayong, Chanthaburi, Trat, Bangkok
Jojo Vito is one of the six winners of the 3rd TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand competition, and this article is based on his experience during the winners' trip in May 2018.
Yes, on its Year 3, I made it again for Thailand Blogger Relations Campaign. I first won its inaugural campaign in 2016 which made me experience the northern part of Thailand: Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.

Being one of the six winners of this year, I was made to visit another 3 beautiful provinces of Thailand which probably many hasn’t visited yet: Rayong, Chanthaburi, and Trat.

I will be posting series of articles on my trip to Thailand for 2018 as I experienced the Amazing Colours of the East. Meanwhile, let me share with you the entire itinerary of the trip plus my early tour around Bangkok before I depart back to the Philippines.

DAY ONE - BANGKOK

We were housed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand at Grande Centre Point Terminal 21. Our accommodation was really amazing you should try this place when visiting Bangkok.

DAY TWO: BANGKOK – RAYONG - CHANTHABURI

8.30 Hrs. Checkout from the hotel and depart to Rayong

11.30 Hrs. Lunch at J-Tai Pu Pen Restaurant at Ban Pae Beach, Rayong.
I love seafood so I really enjoyed our meal which includes shellfish, steamed blue crabs, curry crab wrapped in banana leaf and some veggies.

13.30 Hrs. Orchard Tour at Suphattra Land, Rayong


Yours truly with the snake fruit at Suphattra land. The place is one of the biggest and popular orchards in Rayong. We had the chance to explore a local fruit plantation via a tram with a tour guide. The orchard is loaded with tropical fruits like mangosteen, durian, papaya, and rambutan and much more.

15.30 Hrs. Depart to Chanthaburi

17.30 Hrs. Check-in at Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort in Chanthaburi, Thailand

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort is perfect for honeymooners, family travel as the place is quiet and nice.

DAY THREE: CHANTHABURI

A quick stop at this spot at Noen Nangphaya Viewpoint in Chanthaburi province.  (Photo by TAT Newsroom)

09.00 Hrs. Checkout from the hotel and depart to Kung Krabaen Bay Royal Development Study Center

09.10 Hrs. Visit Kung Krabaen Bay Royal Development Study Center for fish feeding, blue crab preservation activity, and oyster housing workshop.

Founded in 1982, the Kung Krabaen Bay Royal Development Study Center the place is responsible for studying and researching the natural ecosystem to find proper ways to develop the coastal area in Chanthaburi Province. We experienced how to harvest crab eggs and oysters; fed the marine animals which included sharks and turtles and much more. (Photo by TAT Newsroom)


11.00 Hrs. Depart from Kung Krabaen Bay Royal Development Study Center

12.00 Hrs. Lunch at Ban Namprik Kaosauy in Chanthaburi. I personally love the food presentation and all of their serving staff were wearing traditional Thai costume.

14.00 Hrs. Sightseeing in Chantaboon Riverside Community, including Gems Market, Cathedral of Immaculate Conception in Chanthaburi, Thai egg cake and Thai shortbread cookies workshop, and gems polishing workshop.

Chanthaboon Riverside Community used to be Yaowarat or Chinatown of Chanthaburi, the centre of trade and businesses. While traversing the narrow street you will see old structures in bricks and wood with so much French influence in its architectural designs. This place is now home to various cafes and restaurants, souvenir shops and much more.

17:00 Hrs. Check-in at D Varee Diva Rim Naam, Chanthaburi.

DAY FOUR: CHANTHABURI - TRAT

09.00 Hrs. Checkout from the hotel and depart to Pa Louise Lung Thom Homestay for oyster farm sightseeing and fresh oyster tasting

09.30 Hrs. A visit to Uncle Tom’s Oyster Farm / or Pa Louise Lung Thom Oyster Farm. Uncle Tom is 69 years old, he and his wife (Auntie Louise) started the oyster farm 30 years ago, he also won the award for the biggest oyster. And they have a resort on the land and floating homestay.


10.30 Hrs. Depart from Pa Louise Lung Thom Homestay

11.00 Hrs. Visit Chanthaburi Gem and Jewelry Center for gems and jewelry exhibition

Chanthaburi’s Gem and Jewelry Center. The place is regarded as the biggest gems trade and production center in Thailand and Southeast Asia. The center is composed of a gem museum, a multimedia room, gem exhibition hall, gem cutting and inlay demonstration room and a showroom where I got a blue sapphire ring as a souvenir for my trip.

12.30 Hrs. Lunch at a local restaurant

13.30 Hrs. Depart to Trat

15.00 Hrs. Visit Ban Tha Ranae community for exploring the mangrove forest through a boat tour, mud clam breeding and enjoy mangrove bowling

Exploring the mangrove forest of Ban Tha Ranae. We experienced mud clam breeding and enjoy mangrove bowling. Ban Tha Ranae is an award-winning community for mangrove preservation. Using only the local natural and cultural resources, the community is well developed to be a model of sustainable community and the community of sufficient economy.

The boat tour is 250 Baht per person which also includes sampling of local food products. They also have homestay here which is 250 Baht per person. Or you can pay 950 Baht and you will also get the boat tour and three meals.

17.30 Hrs. Depart to the hotel in Trat, and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant

DAY FIVE: TRAT

09.00 Hrs. Checkout from the hotel and depart to Ban Huai Raeng community

09.30 Hrs. Visit Ban Huai Raeng community for Mangosteen soap, Nipa Palm Desert and Betel Leaf Wrapped Rice workshop.


Experiencing food preparation at Ban Huai Raeng, an ecotourism group. Huai Raeng Ecotourism Group welcomes guests and offers set of activities that the villagers and tourists can do together and enjoy. The community also has a local research in eco-tourism management project to recover natural resources and make the environment sustainably by villagers in the community and involved with organizations.

Our visit to Ban Huai Raeng Community allowed us to experience the following: Boat tour for nipa palm on the Khlong Kud canal; Learn how to cook local delicacies “Khanom Kuai Ta Aui” or Grandpa Aui’s penis dessert and Nipa palm dessert; and Betel Leaf Wrapped Rice.

The community also produce the following products: Mangosteen soap, Mangosteen gel soap, Butterfly pea shampoo, Thai herb oil Mangosteen facial mask

12.00 Hrs. Lunch at Khon Plat Thin Restaurant with Thai food in local style restaurant and sightseeing a more than 200 red hawk flying over the pond.

13.30 Hrs. Depart from the restaurant

14.00 Hrs. Visit Wat Buppharam to see the oldest temple in Trat at Wang Krachae, Mueang Trat District, Trat

A portion of Wat Buppharam in Trat, the oldest wooden hall since the mid-17th century, and the murals created in the early Rattanakosin. Inside is also a great museum in the temple displaying many ancient relics, Buddha images in different postures, and Chinese and European porcelain. The temple was built in 1652 (366 years old)

15.00 Hrs. Depart from the temple

16.00 Hrs. Check-in at Mango Beach Resort in Trat

DAY SIX: TRAT - BANGKOK

Morning Experience beach activities, such as Kayaking and skim boarding at your preference.

10.30 Hrs. Checkout from the hotel

12.00 Hrs. Lunch at Saeng Fah Restaurant

15.30 Hrs. Arrive at Leam Ngob Light House scenic point for sightseeing

The Leam Ngob Light House scenic point. This landmark of Trat is located on the eastern apex.

We also visited Trat Museum. The building was established in 1922 and was renovated in 2007 as a museum and as a learning resource of history, culture, and lifestyle of Trat local people. The building was a former Trat town hall since King Rama VI.

16.00 Hrs. Depart to Trat Airport

17.00 Hrs. Depart to Bangkok by Bangkok Airway PG308 (18.15-19.15 Hrs.)

18:00 Hrs. Check in at Grande Centre Point Terminal 21

DAY SEVEN: BANGKOK

05:00 Hrs. Depart Hotel to Bangkok Flower Market

The amazing Pak Khlong Talat a huge flower market in Bangkok, Thailand that sells numerous kinds of flowers. The place has been cited as a “place of symbolic values” to the people of Bangkok. The place is open 24 hours and is busiest before dawn, the time where I visit the place for the first time.

06:00 Hrs. Democracy Monument

06:30 Hrs. Breakfast

07:30 Hrs. Giant Swing

08:00 Hrs. Visit tourist spots/temple around the Grand Palace, Coffee, and Souvenir Buying

09:00 Hrs. Visit the Grand Palace

A must visit destination for first timers in Bangkok, the Grand Palace is situated at the centre of Bangkok. It used to be the former residence of King Rama I until the reign of King Rama V of the Rattanakosin Kingdom. Now, the place is utilised for hosting royal ceremonies and for hosting important guests of Thailand.

The blog was first posted by the author, Jojo Vito, on The Happy Trip.
Jojo Vito: A graduate school professor, management consultant and artist designing for his own handicraft business, The Jojo Vito Designs Gallery. A passionate blogger writing for several blogs: thehappytrip, toponmylist, and pinoybisniz
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