Rayong is a province in eastern Thailand, and it is one of the three provinces of the Eastern Economic Corridor (along with Chachoengsao and Chonburi).
Rayong Province is home to U-Tapao Airport, and the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate in Rayong is Thailand’s largest petrochemical and heavy industry park.
The province includes some beach resort areas, and Koh Samet is also part of Rayong. There is a proposal to build a high-speed rail to Rayong City, which could put the beaches of Rayong on the radar of visitors from Bangkok.
Here are some of the construction, transport, and infrastructure projects planned for Rayong.
Origin Smart City Rayong
Location: Noen Phra Sub-district, Mueang Rayong District, Rayong.
Origin spearheads smart city project in Rayong – [06/09/19]
“Listed property firm Origin Property Plc, an end-to-end developer, has teamed up with public and private partners in the creation of “Origin Smart City Rayong”- a mixed-use community project of Smart tech and Smart Eco under the concept of “Beyond A Living Platform”.”
U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport
U-Tapao Airport in Rayong Province is branded as U-Tapao–Rayong–Pattaya International Airport due to its proximity to Pattaya. It will also be an unofficial third Bangkok airport when it is connected to the Don Mueang–Suvarnabhumi–U-Tapao High-Speed Railway. There are plans to expand the airport alongside the Eastern Airport City Project.
U-Tapao Airport News:
Thailand to hold first-ever air show, challenging Singapore – [10/02/22]
“Thailand’s first-ever air show will be held in 2027 at the U-Tapao airport in the Eastern Economic Corridor, pushed back from the originally anticipated 2023 date due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Link road to ease traffic at U-tapao – [03/11/21]
U-tapao projects aim to prop up economy – [20/08/21]
“…construction at U-tapao airport is expected to start next year, aiming to make it the third international airport in the Bangkok vicinity under a scheme that links it with Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports. The scheme plans to increase their handling capacity to 200 million passengers annually.”
290 billion baht contract signed for U-Tapao-Pattaya International Airport and Eastern Airport City Project – [20/06/20]
“According to the EEC Office, the project will become Thailand’s first aviation city, elevating the country as a regional aviation hub.”
U-tapao International Airport and Eastern Airport City Project contracts signed – [19/06/20]
“The project is located in Ban Chang district of Rayong province, about 30km from Pattaya and Map Ta Phut industrial estate.”
High-Speed Railway Extension
The 3-Airport High-Speed Railway is currently under construction, and there is now a proposal for a Rayong-Chanthaburi-Trat link. The first section would extend from U-Tapao Airport to Rayong City.
SRT preps for high-speed airport link extension – [02/02/22]
Sri Racha to Map Ta Phut Railway
The port of Map Ta Phut will be connected by railway to the Northeast Line to Nong Khai, bypassing the need to go through Bangkok.
Second oil spill ‘doubles’ damage to Rayong coast – [14/02/22]
Oil spill off Rayong, slick heading to coast – [26/01/22]
Investors urged to bid for Rayong port – [10/08/21]
“Potential investors are being invited to consider the third-phase development of the Map Ta Phut deep sea port in Rayong, according to the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT).”
Thai province Rayong to propose development projects to mobile Cabinet – [23/08/20]
“Among the priority projects are increasing the efficiency of water management in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) area, special highway construction, U-Tapao checkpoint and high-speed train extension to Rayong train station, mass transit system development to support EEC city development, Pluak Daeng royal project development service centre and others.”