The east coast of Thailand offers up a diverse mix of attractions ranging from the bustling beach resort of Pattaya to the charming riverside town of Chanthaburi. Book your beach stay on the diminutive island of Ko Samet or head further east to the string of gorgeous islands in the Ko Chang archipelago. Continue your travels in this region and head further inland to the agricultural heartland of north-east Thailand where a warm welcome awaits adventurous travellers.
Clockwise from top: Chanthaburi; Pattaya; Ko Samet
- Visit the summer palace of King Rama V on the island of Ko Si Chang
- Discover the natural beauty of the Ko Chang archipelago
- Sample delicious Thai food with a river view in Chanthaburi
- Make a day trip from Pattaya to the picturesque beaches of Ko Larn
What to see & do on Thailand’s east coast
Go island hopping in the Ko Chang archipelago
Located close to the Thailand-Cambodia border, lovely Ko Chang is the main attraction in a string of dozens of islands that collectively make up the Ko Chang archipelago in Trat province. Many of the islands are uninhabited with the main tourist facilities to be found on Ko Chang. Accommodation is also available on the quieter nearby islands of Ko Kood (also known as Ko Kut), Ko Muk and Ko Wai.
Kayaking on Ko Chang
Go beyond the nightlife in Pattaya
Pattaya is one of Thailand’s most visited seaside resorts. The city is well-known for its nightlife, but there is more to Pattaya than the neon lights and bars. Located just a few hours drive south of Bangkok and with a host of family-friendly attractions including water-parks and tropical gardens, Pattaya can be an attractive proposition for families.
Ko Larn, near Pattaya
Go local in Trat
Learn more about the traditional way of life in Thailand with a visit to a local community and gently relax into the easy-going Thai lifestyle with an overnight homestay. There are a number of wonderful community based tourism initiatives in this region where you can see first-hand the local wisdom and skills that have been handed down over the generations. If you’re heading to Ko Chang, make time too for a visit to the award-winning Ban Nam Chiao Community in Trat province.
Ban Nam Chiao Community, Ko Chang
Discover the charms of Chanthaburi
Most overseas tourists tend to bypass Chanthaburi in the rush to reach Ko Chang. That’s a shame because those who do spend time here will find a quiet province which features serene beaches, a charming riverside town and some fascinating historical sites.
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Chanthaburi