THE EEC EMERGES
Over the past 30 years, Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard has emerged as the country’s most important economic hub, serving as the regional center for trade and investment.
The provinces that make up the Eastern Seaboard - Chonburi and Rayong - have long been hotbeds of industrial activity, thanks to their rich off-shore natural gas fields, suitability for deep sea ports, proximity to Bangkok and abundant land for development.
Factor in beautiful beaches and a booming tourism industry, and it is easy to see why these provinces are the perfect places to pivot to as Thailand seeks to spread its wealth beyond Bangkok.
While heavy industry – from petrochemicals to automobile manufacturing– has helped the region’s GDP per capita surge beyond that of every other region in Thailand over the past decade, the Eastern Seaboard is now drawing the interest of investors from many other sectors.