The statues of Phra Aphamani and the mermaid, characters from a famous Thai epic poem, on Ko Samet
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 35th|
|• Density||203.6/km2 (527/sq mi)|
|• Density rank||Ranked 14th|
|Human Achievement Index|
|• HAI (2017)||0.6578 "high"|
|Time zone||UTC+7 (ICT)|
|ISO 3166 code||TH-21|
Rayong Province (Thai: ระยอง, pronounced [rā.jɔ̄ːŋ]) is a province (changwat) of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are (from west clockwise) Chonburi, and Chanthaburi. To the south is the Gulf of Thailand.
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 the Burmese. There is a shrine in Rayong where local people pay their respects to Taksin.
Rayong is one of the three Thai provinces, together with Chonburi and Chachoengsao, at the center of the nation's Eastern Economic Corridor. The three provinces are to become Thailand's hub for manufacturing, research, and services tightly coupled with its ASEAN neighbors and the world logistically.  The project is the centerpiece of the government's "Thailand 4.0" economic initiative.
As of 21 November 2019 there are : one Rayong Provincial Administrative Organization - PAO (ongkan borihan suan changwat) and 30 municipal (thesaban) areas in the province. The capital Rayong has city (thesaban nakhon) status. Ban Chang and Map Ta Phut have town (thesaban mueang) status and 27 subdistrict municipalities (thesaban tambon). The non-municipal areas are administered by 37 Subdistrict Administrative Organizations - SAO (ongkan borihan suan tambon).
Human achievement index 2017
Since 2003, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Thailand has tracked progress on human development at sub-national level using the Human achievement index (HAI), a composite index covering all the eight key areas of human development. National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) has taken over this task since 2017.
|Province Rayong, with an HAI 2017 value of 0.6578 is "high", occupies place 8 in the ranking.|
|Map with provinces and HAI 2017 rankings|
Reports (data) from Thai government are "not copyrightable" (Public Domain), Copyright Act 2537 (1994), section 7.
The cape of Khao Laem Ya in the morning, Khao Laem Ya – Mu Ko Samet National Park
Khao Chamao (Khlong Nam Sai) Waterfall, Khao Chamao–Khao Wong National Park
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49 Rayong: 1 PAO, 1 City mun., 2 Town mun., 27 Subdistrict mun., 37 SAO.
- Rayong travel guide from Wikivoyage
- Provincial Website (Thai)
- Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Office