Story by Saisunee Singhathat
The eastern region of Thailand consists of Chon Buri, Rayong, Chanthaburi, and Trat Provinces. It is a charming coastal area attached to the Gulf of Thailand. The eastern beaches are well-known as a getaway destination to both Thai and foreign tourists thanks to a number of tourist attractions and various facilities. The region is also not far from the capital Bangkok and available all year round.
The 60 kilometer long beach of the region, from Chon Buri to Trat, boasts paradise beaches and wonderful islands and bays. Up on the shore are a variety of lavish green natural attractions with an abundant number of wild animals.
One of the charms that draw a lot of visitors to the region is the food. Be it seafood, both fresh and processed, local food, the area offers the best you can find in Thailand. In addition, the land is home to the most famous tropical fruits in Thailand.
Approximately from May to June each year, the farms in the area yield the best fresh tropical fruits such as rambutan, durian, salacca, and marian plum. To engage more visitors, farm owners open their homes and invite tourists to go wander around, try their fruits, and buy them at low prices, following the regional slogan ‘Tour the Farms, Taste the Fruits’. Besides, each province in the region also holds their own fruit fairs to draw fruit fans. The period is uncertain as the best time of fruit production is still speculated. Among the most popular fruit fairs is the World Durian Festival in Muang District of Chanthaburi Province.
In order to promote durian, the most noted fruit of the province, many events are held throughout the season. The activities are, for example, Farm Beauty Contest, various fruit contests, fruit eating competition, fruit parade competition, and fruit fair from local farmers. For more information please call 0 3865 5420-1.
Trat Fruit Festival
Trat Province is well-known for its source of tropical fruit production, especially the sweet salacca, which is best yielded in the area thanks to the suitable weather and soil condition. To celebrate this advantage, the province holds the 2 day event named Trat Fruit Festival annually in front of Trat City Hall. The ceremony features a colorful parade decorated with fruits proceeding through the important streets in the province. In addition, there are also other activities arranged in the festival such as beautiful dog contest, fruit and vegetable contest, exhibition of sweet salacca breeding, trade fair, and etc. For more information on the festival please contact Trat Provincial Office, Tel. 0 3950 1282.
Rayong Fruit Festival
Rayong province is one of the leading seafood producers in Thailand and it is also well-known for the succulent tropical fruits. In an attempt to promote its natural products, Rayonng hosts the Rayong Fruit Festival every year during the beginning of the rainy season. The featured activities are fruit-decorated parade, fruit contest, local food fair, trade fair, and etc. For more details about the festival please contact TAT Rayong, Tel. 0 3865 5420-1.