Offering a mix of industrial and leisure zones, the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), which is spread over the provinces of Chon Buri, Rayong and Chachoengsao off the coast of the Gulf of Thailand, is to be promoted as a premier tourist destination, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced recently.
“Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor is a diverse region and offers a huge range of attractions to tourists and visitors. We want people coming here to work or travel to have the chance to explore the culture of the area. They’ll find communities offering unique local experiences from exploring bustling markets to making connections with people via homestays and fishing excursions,” said TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn.
“Foodies will love the area, especially the farms and orchards where amazing fruit can be enjoyed.”
Speaking at the highly successful Air Race 1 CEO Forum, which was recently held in Thailand to promote the sponsorship opportunities available with the Air Race 1 World Cup, CEO Jeff Zaltman, said; “We are delighted that the Air Race 1 World Cup is playing such an important part of Thailand’s tourism strategy and the support from the business world has shown the appetite for this area to host World Class events.”
The EEC area is currently being developed to accommodate more tourists and attract visitors coming to watch the Air Race 1 World Cup Thailand, being held from November 17-19, 2017, at nearby U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport.
Tourist attractions in the EEC area that have become popular for day-trips include the Cartoon Network Amazone water park, which is popular with young people and the exquisite Sanctuary of Truth that is a showcase of Buddhist and Hindu art.
Chachoengsao has many unique local attractions including a 100-year-old market on the local canals and orchards where visitors can take tours and enjoy freshly picked fruit including durian and mangosteen. More natural attractions in the EEC include Ko Si Chang, which has a fascinating history having once been home to King Rama V the Great’s summer palace.
Koh Samet in Rayong is popular with Bangkok weekenders and boasts sandy beaches and clear waters for bathing. Chon Buri’s Sattahip is home to attractions such as Ko Kham Undersea World. While Thailand’s main gateway, Suvarnabhumi Airport is easily accessible for the Eastern Seaboard, the U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport is being converted into a commercial airport with the construction of a second runway and the building of a new passenger terminal.