It’s easy when visiting Thailand to explore well-trodden tourist paths. Although the majority of visitors to Thailand never get outside of its main tourism thoroughfares such as Pattaya, Bangkok, Phuket and Koh Samui, there are so many great off-the-beaten-path attractions to explore across this jaw-dropping Kingdom such as the Golden Meadow, which is locally known as Tung Prong Thong.
When you want to escape the hustle and bustle of the major tourist traps in Thailand, it is essential to get out there to explore the country and its scenic countryside. Tung Prong Thong is a stunning mangrove conservation area that situated along the Eastern Seaboard between Rayong and Chanthaburi province in the central east region.
Golden Meadow is actually located in the Pak Name Prasae sub-district of the larger Klaeng District of Rayong and is just a couple of hours’ drive from Pattaya and over 2-hours’ drive from Bangkok.
Exploring Tung Prong Thong
Tung Prong Thong is a 6,000 rai (approximately 2,400 acres) area of mangrove fields and is the largest in the Rayong region. If you are a fan of conservation and eco-tourism, Tung Prong Thong is the perfect getaway destination, especially if you are holidaying in the hustle and bustle of Pattaya and want to get away for a few days.
Although the area is predominantly dominated by its fishing industry, eco-tourism is on the rise in the region. If you are with your partner and want a romantic few hours in the countryside, you can take a stroll along a 1km wooden walkway that meanders its way through the mangroves and forest until you are amidst golden fields of ceriops decandra that light up in the sun. This is where it gets its name “Golden Meadow”. The best times to see the Golden Meadow is in the early evening light or first thing in the morning. It really is a great way to start the day.
When making your way through the fields, you can see some beautiful plant life and flora such as Xylocarpus plants, Rhizophoraceae plants, apple mangroves and Avicennia plants. Species of fauna include a Miskipper, Sesarma crabs and coastal fishes, alongside many varieties of bird.
Along the wooden walkway, you can also learn more about the mangroves as there are many informational signs posted about the area along the route. You can also opt to rent a wooden long-tail boat near to the entrance that will take you on a memorable 20-minute boat ride amidst the mangroves where you can get close to bird varieties that include the Terek Sandpiper, the Grey Plover, the River Tern and the Eastern Curlew.
How to Get to Tung Prong Thong
As mentioned above, if you are in Bangkok or Pattaya and want to visit the Golden Meadow, it will take between two and two and a half hours. From Pattaya or Rayong, you can take Sukhumvit Road along the coast to the Klaeng district. You can then turn right at the Pak Nam Prasea Junction and continue for another 15km until you reach Tung Prong Thong. If you are already in Rayong, it’s only a 1-hour drive to the destination.
Map and More
Golden Meadow (Tung Prong Thong)
Address: Klaeng District, Rayong 21170, Thailand
GPS Location: 12.707519, 101.715427