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Haad Mae Ramphueng

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Stretching for 12 kilometres to the west of Khao Laem Ya, Haad Mae Ramphueng is the longest beach in Rayong province.

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The tan sand and teal water doesn’t hold a candle to Ko Samet and other islands, but it tops the charts when it comes to long walks at sundown.

Clusters of pine-like casuarina trees stretch immediately behind the beach in many places, providing top-notch places to chill out on a beach chair while ordering grilled squid and som tam from the makeshift seafood shops. Nudging up to the Khao Laem Ya headland, the scenic eastern corner is quite wide, even at high tide, making it a great spot for some late-afternoon soccer or frisbee. The far western end sports a public park with large seaside pavilions. On a few different visits we’ve noticed people surfing and windsurfing here.

Unfortunately most of the tidal garbage doesn’t get picked up; the beach’s narrower eastern section looked particularly shabby when we last passed through in 2016. A couple of large building projects have been abandoned across the beach road, leaving eyesores on the landscape.

You’ll find quite a few functioning hotels with names like “Nice Beach” along with high-rise condominiums where many expats live, explaining the Italian and German restaurants found here. White Stone Resort is a centrally located flashpacker-range spot with bungalows built in the shape of boats. At the eastern end of the beach, the tiny M.M. Villa offers rooms starting at 300 baht a night.

Haad Mae Ramphueng’s east end is located six kilometres southwest of downtown Ban Phe while the western end is just 10 kilometres from Rayong town. It’s sometimes referred to as Rayong Beach. While the roads that run here from Ban Phe are pleasant, coming from Rayong requires a stretch on busy Route 3. The beach can be combined with Khao Laem Ya and Rayong Aquarium for a fun day out.

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