Eastern Thailand

Eastern Thailand is best known for its beautiful beaches. Pattaya is the largest city in Eastern Thailand, which is famous for its nightlife and seaside resorts, Koh Samet is a nice small island in a national marine park and Koh Chang is a big island with white-sand beaches, waterfalls and jungle.

Koh Chang

Koh Chang is a beautiful island in Eastern Thailand, famous for its long white sandy beaches, coral reefs, jungle covered mountains and spectacular waterfalls.

Koh Chang

Pattaya

Pattaya is a resort city, situated on the eastern coast of the Gulf of Thailand, only about 150 kilometres south-east of Bangkok. Pattaya is the closest to Bangkok major beach resort of Thailand making it a popular destination for tourists.

Pattaya

Koh Samet

Koh Samet is a nice small island in a national marine park. Koh Samet has a number of wonderful beaches scattered around the island and is a perfect place for a relaxing beach holiday not far from Bangkok.

Koh Samet

Koh Larn

Koh Larn, also known as Coral Island, is an idyllic island with beautiful beaches located just 7 km west of Pattaya. Koh Larn beaches are the nicest around Pattaya making them a perfect day-trip destination.

Koh Larn

Buses from Bangkok to Eastern Thailand

Ekkamai Bus Terminal is one of the busiest bus stations in Bangkok and is serviced by buses and minivans running to destinations in Eastern Thailand such as Rayong, Chonburi, Trat, Chanthaburi and tourist destinations such as Pattaya, Sriracha, Sattahip, Koh Chang or Koh Samet.

Weather in Eastern Thailand

Eastern Thailand destinations has only two seasons - the wet and the dry. Between November and May the weather is mostly dry with little rain expected throughout a bigger part of the region for much of this time. The dry season in Koh Chang and other islands on the eastern side of the Gulf of Thailand ends a bit earlier.

The rains start to hit Eastern Thailand earlier than elsewhere. The region experiences similar weather patterns to the beaches along the Andaman Sea coast with wet season occurring between May and October. Pattaya and Koh Samet fits this pattern but Koh Chang and other islands on the eastern side of the gulf usually get much more rainfall as early as May.

For the best time to visit Eastern Thailand destinations check our Eastern Thailand weather ratings chart.

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After visiting Eastern Thailand you are planning to continue your trip up north, down south or to the central area? Check when is the best time to visit Thailand's other destinations and choose destination with the best possible weather conditions wisely.

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