Phu, the Shakespeare of Thailand, lived in Rayong province
on the east coast of the Gulf of Siam. He was inspired to
write his masterpiece by the beauty of Rayong's Ko Samet island.
Ko Samet is now a favorite of those who seek a relaxed and
leisurely beach interlude, while at the same time Rayong province
is developing into a dynamic center of heavy industry and
many centuries Ko Samet has been a safe harbor and a haven
from pirates. Rayong province was also where Thai General
Phraya Taksin rallied his troops before counter attacking
and defeating the Burmese after the sacking of Ayutthaya.
cultural achievements of Thailand's most famous poet, Sunthorn
Phu, are celebrated at an annual festival in the province
where he made his home.
Balmy winters alternate with steamy monsoons in Rayong's hilly
interior, as well as on its 100 kilometers of coastline and
central Thai dialect is spoken in Rayong by the majority central
Thai population and by the ethnic Chinese minority.
rapidly industrializing province has refineries and bulk cargo
facilities in addition to the Ko Samet National Marine Park
and other tourist attractions.
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