Rayong Provence and beyond

Rayong has over 100 kilometers of coastline, great beaches, waterfalls and a host of other natural attractions. The province spreads beyond the mainland to encompass a string of islands, including Koh Samet.

For 'foodies' the fresh markets are world class. A wonderful selection of seafood is brought onshore daily by the local fishermen and the surrounding agricultural land produces a vast variety of seasonal fruit and vegetables.

There are too many opportunities, cultural experiences and landscapes in this area of Thailand for us to list. Continue scrolling to find out more as we aim to wet your appetite and give you all the help you need so that you can do the things you want to. This is not limited so please ask for more information or experiences such as sky diving, sailing or anything else you fancy.

transportation and destinations

Elsie Evans Art Retreat is only 2.5 hours from Bangkok. This affords the area great transport options and plenty of links to the larger population areas in the south east of Thailand and further afield. 

Major easily accessible transport hubs

Baan Phe: Bus Minibus

Rayong: Bus/Minibus

Pattaya: Bus/Minibus, Airport, Ferry, Rental

Bangkok: Bus/minibus, Ferry, Airport, Train, Rental

Methods of transport

Ferries/speed boat


Rental car/truck



Other destinations, best travel times and methods

Koh Samet - 10 min taxi to Baan Phe, 45 min ferrry.

Hua Hin - Ferry from Pattaya, 2hr trip once a day starting from 999thb.

Koh Chang - Minibus from Rayong or Baan Phe, 3hrs, 45 min ferry.

Cambodia re-entry visa border crossing - Minibus from Baan Phe or Taxi, 2.5hrs.

Health and Relaxation

Fed up with work? Want to refresh, restart and realign before returning to traffic, office chairs, bills.........?  At the retreat we can arrange massages, drinks by the pool, nature walks, yoga packages, visiting qi gong/tai chi instructors and will accommodate if possible with any specific ingredients or dietary requirements that are guests request.

Tree Roots retreat

Elsie Evans Art Retreat is also 5 mins walk from Tree Roots Retreat. A local mixed martial arts and fitness facility with a fully stocked gym, coffee shop, a library boasting over 20,000 books and extensive martial arts equipment situated in their be-spoke training areas. 


With the great produce in Rayong it should come as no surprise that there is plenty of great food on offer. This encompasses Italian, French, Scandinavian, german and of course Thai. We also suggest keeping an open mind whilst out on your travels and trying the many local food stalls along your way. Below are a couple close to the retreat including links and if you want to take your food one step further check out our cooking classes.


Description: Italian restaurant with good pizza oven along the beach front.

Recommendations: Bruschetta, Pizzas

Baan Talay 

Description: Thai BBQ seafood restaurant over the ocean in Baan Phe

Recommendations: Soft shell crab curry, BBQ king prawns, Whole fish with lime and chilli

Beaches and Islands

Within 30 mins of the retreat there are more than 20 beaches the closest being Mae Ramphueng on our doorstep. Mae Ramphueng is bustling with local restaurants, international restaurants, bars and shops along the 9+km of beach. For a more secluded and beautiful beach experience head further east along the beach road to Ao Khai and visit our friends at Drift Bar for a cocktail and snack lunch.

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There are also plenty of islands to visit the largest and most popular being Koh Samet. Koh Samet can be reached via ferry (45mins) or speed boat (15mins), both can be found at one of the many piers in Baan Phe five minutes away from the retreat. Alternatively we can arrange an old fishing boat that visits the smaller islands of the area, including a stop at the turtle conservation island, lunch and plenty of opportunity to snorkel for 1,500thb per person. 

Action & Adventure

Fancy splashing through waterfalls? Feel an urge to  jump from a plane? Want to explore the canopy up close? These feats are all possible and found within a car's ride from the retreat. 

  • Snorkeling trips

  • Jet skiing, banana boat rides

  • Aquarium visit

  • Temple, view point and landmark visits

  • Markets and fairs

  • National parks

  • Sky diving 

  • Canopy walks and cable slides

  • Mangrove tours

  • Botanic Gardens and basket weaving

  • Fishing

  • Cycling

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For further information please contact us and to see what packages are available visit the promotions page.

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