Eastern Economic Corridor to be developed as a premier tourist destination

Published on : Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Eastern Economic Corridor to be developedThe Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) with a mix of industrial and leisure zones is spread over the provinces of Chon Buri, Rayong and Chachoengsao off the coast of the Gulf of Thailand. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) announced recently that it would be promoted as a premier tourist destination.

TAT Governor Yuthasak Supasorn said, “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. Foodies will love the area, especially the farms and orchards where amazing fruit can be enjoyed.”

Tourist attractions in the EEC area that have become popular for day-trips include the Cartoon Network Amazone water park, which is popular with the young crowd 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 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.

Nearby Koh Samet in Rayong is popular with Bangkok weekenders for its 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 a second runway and the building of a new passenger terminal.

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