In the south east of Thailand, you find the delightful province of Rayong with a coastline in the shape of a bay facing south open to the clean waters of the Gulf of Thailand.
At the eastern reaches of the bay you will find a 7 kilometres white sandy beach called Mae Phim beach untainted by the masses and a perfect place to reside. Home to many Scandinavians already, as either a north European getaway or a year-round retreat from the ravages of cold winters. This oasis of tranquility provides all options to the expat in Thailand seeking a sunny destination.
Mae Phim beach is a white sand natural beach formed 40 kilometres from Rayong City and just 2.5 hours from Bangkok or 2 hours and 170 kilometres from Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
With the announced development of the EEC (Eastern Economic Corridor) and U Tapoa Airport soon to be upgraded taking more international flights this beachside paradise could provide you and your loved ones with a home from home in the sun.
There is a good mix of quality condominium complexes with a range of options from studios to 2/3-bedroom beachside apartments. The logistics appeal with the area well served with seafood restaurants providing the locally caught seafood straight from the Gulf alongside the normal Thai culinary delights. The beach offers over 60 restaurants within a 10km range. Convenience stores and markets prevent you from running out of daily needs whilst Rayong City just 30 minutes away offers department store and major supermarket chain shopping.
There are international hospitals in the area in case of emergency or need and a number of international hotel chains – Centara, Marriott and Novotel have opened 5-star facilities attracted by the coastline and crystal clean waters lapping the white sand, while Sheraton has just recently purchased a large plot of land to build their mega resort complex.
If you are the energetic type the 7km beach provides an ideal running or cycling track alongside the sea. There are number of international golf courses within an hour’s drive or there is windsurfing, kayaking, scuba diving or snorkeling.
Recently a family friendly hotel with an oversized swimming pool GrandBlue opened that has all day dining facilities with a spa for personal relaxation or indulgence at the western end of the beach.
The trees shelter you from the midday sun and there are no hawkers walking the beach to pester or intrude as on many beaches in the more commercial resort areas. If you are searching for your own little bit of paradise in the sun check out Mae Phim.
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