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:: General Information




Famous for its abundance of tropical fruits and as a centre of gems, the eastern province of Chanthaburi is also blessed with rich, verdant forests with scenic waterfalls. The Chanthaburi River flows through the town which has been the home of ancient communities. Quiet fishing villages and peaceful beaches are not far from town.

 

Chanthaburi was occupied by the French during the early part of the 20th century. Their influence can be seen in the architecture of many buildings including the largest Catholic cathedral in Thailand, catering to a sizeable Christian population.


About 245 kilometres from Bangkok and covering an area of 6,338 square kilometers, Chanthaburi as administratively divided into the following districts:- Mueang Chanthaburi, Tha Mai, Khlung, Laem Sing, Pong Nam Ron, Makham, Soi Dao, Na Yai Am, Kang Hang Maeo and Khao Khitchakut sub-district.

 

:: Festivals
 Fruit Festival

Annually held in May, the fair aims to promote local products and various kinds of fruit grown in the province. The fair features exhibitions on agricultural innovations as well as agricultural products. Stalls selling local crafts, jewellery, food products and seafood make the fair fun to visit. Besides, visitors get to see how famous local products such as preserved durian are made; or they can have a good time watching a fruit contest and a beauty contest. Central to the fair is a procession of cars lavishly laden with the famous fruit of Chanthaburi heading along the road to the venue.

 

:: Local Products
 Food

Mostly made from seafood products. The Kuai Tieo Mu Liang is popular noodle dish with its soup seasoned with herbs. Another is the Mu Chamuang, a local sweet-and-sour curry. Chamuang is the leaf of a local plant with a sour taste.



 Fruits

The province grows some of the best durian, rambutan and mangoesteen in the country. Durain is also made into snacks such as chewy Durian Kwuan and crisp fried Durian Thot Krop.



 Gem

On Si Chan Road and Trok Krachang in town are many shops selling gems and precious stones.



 Mat

Mats are woven from Kok reed. It is at Ban Bang Sa Kaeo and Ban Samet Ngam. They are on sale in various markets in town. Kok is also made into products such as purses coasters, etc.

Attractions

:: Amphoe Kang Hang Maeo
 Tham Khao Wong

Tham Khao Wong at Ban Khao Wongkot, Kaeng Hang Maeo district, is part of the Khao Chamao-Khao Wong National Park. About 40 kilometres before reaching Chanthaburi town on Highway No.3 at Km. 286 (Ban Kong Din) is a left turn to the park, 11 kilometres further on. Or take a turn at Km. 288 (Talat Na Yai Arm) instead. From the cave proceed on foot to see the caves themselves. Advice could be obtained from park officials.

Khao Wong is a group of limestone hills standing in circular cluster with cliffs and caves containing stalagmites and stalactites. There are passages connecting some of the chambers. The walking trails outside offer views of varied plantlife. For those intending to explore the caves, torches are advisable as there are no natural lights inside. The best time to go cave-exploring is between February and April, after which they tend to be flooded.


 
 
:: Amphoe Khao Khitchakut
 Krathing Waterfall

The park covers a rich, verdant forestland of some 58 square kilometres where many herbal plants are found. It is also rich in wildlife. An attraction is the Krathing waterfall with its nature trails cutting through all 13 levels of the fall. There are clear ponds where swimming is possible. Camping is allowed in the park. There are also accommodations for visitors who should make advance booking at the Forestry Department in Bangkok.



 The Khao Khitchakut National Park

The Khao Khitchakut National Park has its headquarters at a site which can be reached by taking a turning at Km. 324 (Khao Rai Ya intersection) on Highway No. 3 and proceed on for a further 21 kilometres.

The park covers a rich, verdant forestland of some 58 square kilometres where many herbal plants are found. It is also rich in wildlife. An attraction is the Krathing waterfall with its nature trails cutting through all 13 levels of the fall. There are clear ponds where swimming is possible. Camping is allowed in the park. There are also accommodations for visitors who should make advance booking at the Forestry Department in Bangkok.


 
 
 
:: Amphoe Khlung
 The Trok Nong Waterfall
There are two other waterfalls in the park. The Khlong Narai waterfal, about 6 kilometres from town via Highway No. 3 at a right turn at Km. 338-339 and two kilometres further away on foot. The Trok Nong waterfall is off Highway No. 3277 (Khlung-Makham route) with a left turn at Trok Nong market and a further 2 kilometres on foot.

 
 
:: Amphoe Laem Sing

 Chantaburi Horticultural Research Centre

Located at Tambon Phliu, about 15 kilometres from the city. In its large area are various plantations such as durian, mango steen, rambutan and a variety of herbs and spices. The centre is opened for group visitors (more than 10 people). Advanced contact is necessary at Tel: 0 3939 7030.



 Hat Laem Sing

Laem Sing is about 30 kilometres from town and can be reached via Sukhumvit Road on the way to Trat with a right turn at Km. 347, a further distance of 16 kilometres to the beach. The beach itself is shaded with pine trees lining the entire shore and cooled by constant gentle breezes. There are food shops and boats for rent to visit two nearby isles, Ko Chula and Ko Nom Sao. The trip takes 30 minutes and one hour respectively.



 Khuk Khi Kai

The notorious Khuk Khi Kai, just before Laem Sing beach, was built to hold Thais who were against the French occupation of Chanthaburi in 1893. A 7-metre high, square-shaped prison, it was built in bricks with each side measuring 4.40 metres. The walls were holed for ventilation. The porous roof is said to have been used as chicken coop through which the birds dropped their excrements.



 Namtok Phliu National Park

A left turn at Km. 346 on Highway No. 3 is the Namtok Phliu National Park, covering an area of 134.5 square kilometres along forestland at Khao Sa Bap mountain range. The 3-level Phliu waterfall features a basin of cool, clear water for splashing around and plenty of fish make the flowing streams their home. Nearby are a small Chedi and a pyramid built by King Rama V as a loving memorial to Phra Nang Chao Sunanthakumarirat, his first consort, who died in a boat accident.

There are two other waterfalls in the park. The Khlong Narai waterfal, about 6 kilometres from town via Highway No. 3 at a right turn at Km. 338-339 and two kilometres further away on foot. The Trok Nong waterfal is off Highway No. 3277 (Khlung-Makham route) with a left turn at Trok Nong market and a further 2 kilometres on foot.



 Oasis Sea World

Just before Laem Sing beach is the Oasis Sea World, which attracts visitors who delight in watching the exciting dolphin shows. Also on hand are butterfly farm and other animals. The dolphins are mainly those accidentally caught in fishermans nets in the Gulf of Thailand. Trained by Thai experts, they are now capable of showing off their high degree of ability. There are five shows daily. Tel: (039) 363238-9.



 Tuek Daeng

Tuek Daeng or Red Building near Khuk Khi Kai is the site of the Phikhat Patchamit Fort built in the reign of King Rama III. It was subsequently turned into living quarters and military command post by the French. A single storey, red-tiled roof building, today it serves as the Laem Sing district public library.



 Wat Mangkon Buppharam

Wat Mangkon Buppharam, or Leng Hua Yi, is a temple in Chinese architectural style. Located on Sukhumvit Highway, it is at Km. 345 some 12 kilometres from town.


 

 
 
:: Amphoe Mueang
 Chanthaburi Cultural Centre
Located at Rampaipannee Rajabhat Institute. In three buildings that have been a residence of Queen Rampaipannee - the Queen of King Rama VII. This centre displays many utensils used by the Queen, such as clothes, shoes, golf equipment, etc. There are also local ancient collections.


 Khai Noen Wong

The ancient site of Khai Noen Wong, also at Tambon Bang Kacha, was established as the town in circa 1834 during the reign of King Rama III. The town was moved from Ban Lum to this location because of its high grounds which were more suitable for defensive purposes against the invading Vietnamese. The laterite walls and bricks from the old town were also dismantled and moved to the new site. A serve drought during the reign of King Rama V forced its return to the original site at Ban Lum.

        The old town at Khai Noen Wong was square-shaped with extensive laterite walls mounted with large cannons. Each side had its own ramparts  and defensive moats.  It was regarded as a powerful military camp of the time. The towns principal temple was Wat Yothanimit



 Si Chan Road

Si Chan Road is the commercial area and centre of gem business. Even though actual gem-mining in the province is not as extensively as it used to be, Chanthaburi remains a major centre for gem dealings with stones from neighbouring countries and abroad being bought and sold. The Gems Market during the mornings of Friday, Saturday and Sunday attracts large crowd of gem dealers and visitors alike.



 Suan Sadetyat

Adjacent to Wat Khao Sukim is Suan Sadetyat, an extensive fruit plantation growing rambutan and durian in the main. During the fruit season of April-June, it is open to the public. Admission fee includes free fruit-tasting.



 Taksin Maharat Memorial

Located in the public park near the town hall on Liap Noen Road, is the Taksin Maharat Memorial. The equestrian statue is guarded by statues of his four royal guards. The expression on the kings face clearly shows the resoluteness and determination to carry out the task of restoring the national independence. The large pond in the park serves as a popular recreation area and is stocked with a large variety of fish.



 The Catholic Church

The Catholic Church on Chanthanimit Road on the river bank is the largest Catholic edifice in Thailand. Built in 1909, it is of Gothic architectural style. The original tall roof was taken down during World War II to make it less conspicuous as a possible target.



 The Chamsom Crocodile Farm and Zoo

This zoo has a number of crocodiles of different species as well as other animals. The facility is surrounded by fruit orchards. To reach it, go on Sukhumvit Highway until Km. 324 (Khao Rai Ya intersection) then turn left and proceed on for a further 4 kilometres. Open daily from 8.00 a.m.-6.00 p.m. Elephant shows every Saturday and Sunday at 12.00 noon and 3.00 p.m. Tel: (039) 324247.



 Khao Khitchakut National Park

The Khao Khitchakut National Park has its headquarters at a site which can be reached by taking a turning at Km. 324 (Khao Rai Ya intersection) on Highway No. 3 and proceed on for a further 21 kilometres.

The park covers a rich, verdant forestland of some 58 square kilometres where many herbal plants are found. It is also rich in wildlife. An attraction is the Krathing waterfall with its nature trails cutting through all 13 levels of the fall. There are clear ponds where swimming is possible. Camping is allowed in the park. There are also accommodations for visitors who should make advance booking at the Forestry Department in Bangkok.



 Underwater Archaeological Office
Soon to be established as a national maritime museum, the Underwater Archaeological Office is located within Khai Noen Wong specialising in exhibits on Thailands merchant marine and items discovered from underwater archaeological explorations from all over the country.  There are also exhibits of ancient sailing routes and products.  An exhibition chamber deals with the history and culture of the people of Chanthaburi.


 Wat Khao Sukim

Situated on a hill covering an area of some 1,320 acres, Wat Khao Sukim was built in 1966 by devout Buddhists who had faith in Phra Achan Somchai Thitawiriyo. The objective of the temple is to be used as a meditation venue. The expansive temple compound offers a peaceful haven surrounded by shady orchards. The temple also houses a large collection of religious items and valuable antiques donated by the public. On display are wax sculptures of over twenty Buddhist monks highly revered by the public. In the temples newly built Ubosot (ceremonial hall), mural painting created by Chakrabhand Posayakrit, National Thai Artist in Painting of the year 2000, can be appreciated. The temple is near Khao Khitchakut National Park, 20 kilometres from downtown Chanthaburi and can be reached through three accesses branching off Sukhumvit Road (Highway No. 3):- at Km. 305 (Ban Huai Sathon); at the Ban Noen Sung intersection; or at Km. 324 (Khao Rai Ya intersection)



 Wat Phai Lom

Going across the Chanthaburi River from Si Chan Road and taking a left turn 1 kilometre from the bridge, 800 meters off the main road is Wat Phai Lom. The Rama III-era Ubosot features wall murals on all four sides portraying the story of Lord Buddha with Chinese floral designs as well as illustrations of foreigners with must have been commissioned after the time of his reign. There is also a ubosot of western architectural influence attesting to Chanthaburis artistic and cultural contact with the western world.



 Wat Phlup
Wat Phlup at Tambon Bang Kacha to the southwest of town was the site of an old community during the late Ayutthaya period. Special features are two ancient pagodas of different styles and an old Thai wooden pavilion.


 Wat Thong Thua

Wat Thong Thua, 4 kilometres from town on Sukhumvit Highway, is the site of an ancient Bot which was built over a Khmer-style temple. It also has a large collection of ancient Khmer sculptures such as lintels, sandstone door columns carve in various designs and inscription stone. Nearby is the Mueang Phaniat archaeological site with its remains of laterite base of a large Khmer religious sanctuary and moats marking the town limit the south. The ancient town is believed to have been dated from the 12th-16the centuries B.E. (Buddhist Era).


:: Amphoe Pong Nam Ron
 Namtok Khao Soi Dao

At Km. 62 on Highway No. 317, about 70 kilometres from Chanthaburi, is a left turn to Namtok Khao Soi Dao. The trail to the 15-level waterfall is amid unspoiled forests with a large variety of butterfly and bird. As it is a waterfall within a wildlife sanctuary, visitors are permitted only daytime only.



 Shooting the Rapids at Khlong Pong Nam Ron

Shooting the Rapids at Khlong Pong Nam Ron is an adventure travel during the season of July-January. Enthusiasts will thrill to the exciting passage through streams and rapids, an exercise of 2-4 level of difficulty. The two-hour trip passes through verdant forestland and fruit orchards. Contact tour agents or resorts in Pong Nam Ron district.



 
 
 
:: Amphoe Soi Dao
 Khao Soi Dao Waterfall
At Km. 62 on Highway No. 317, about 70 kilometres from Chanthaburi, is a left turn to Nam Tok Khao Soi Dao. The trail to the 15-level waterfall is amid unspoiled forests with a large variety of butterfly and bird. As it is a waterfall within a wildlife sanctuary, visitors are permitted only daytime only.

 
 
:: Amphoe Tha Mai
 Hat Ao Yang

Hat Ao Yang is a small beach some 2 kilometres before the park. Cool and shady, it offers accommodation facilities for visitors.

Hat Khung Wiman, Hat Khung Kraben, Hat Laem Sadet and Hat Chao Lao
These are all peaceful beaches in Tha Mai district and clustered in an area about 30 kilometres from town. At Km. 310 of Highway No. 3 is a right turn into Highway No. 3399 which leads to the area. Or one can proceed from Tha Mai district on the route passing through Wang Tanot dam. There are accommodation facilities for tourists, particularly at Hat Chao Lao where there are several hotels and bungalows to choose from. About one kilometre off shore from Hat Chao Lao are ranges of shallow water coral reefs covering an area of 14 square kilometres. Glass-bottomed boats are available. Over at Ao Khung Kraben are nature trails to study mangrove areas.



 Khai Noen Wong

The ancient site of Khai Noen Wong, also at Tambon Bang Kacha, was established as the town in circa 1834 during the reign of King Rama III. The town was moved from Ban Lum to this location because of its high grounds which were more suitable for defensive purposes against the invading Vietnamese. The laterite walls and bricks from the old town were also dismantled and moved to the new site. A serve drought during the reign of King Rama V forced its return to the original site at Ban Lum.

The old town at Khai Noen Wong was square-shaped with extensive laterite walls mounted with large cannons. Each side had its own ramparts and defensive moats. It was regarded as a powerful military camp of the time. The town's principal temple was Wat Yothanimit.

Soon to be established as a national maritime museum, the Underwater Archaeological Office is located within Khai Noen Wong specialising in exhibits on Thailands merchant marine and items discovered from underwater archaeological explorations from all over the country. There are also exhibits of ancient sailing routes and products. An exhibition chamber deals with the history and culture of the people of Chanthaburi.



 Khao Laem Sing Forest Park

Using the Tha Mai-Bang Kachai route cars can easily access the Khao Laem Sing Forest Park, some 25 kilometres from Tha Mai. The route passes through Wat Khao Laem Sing right up to the park headquarters on a hill. Alternatively, visitors can charter a boat from Laem Sing beach to Ao Krathing Beach, just 400 metres away, and walk up to the park. Camping is allowed on application.
Khao Laem Sing is a small hill 172 metres above the sea. Located to the east of the mouth of the Chanthaburi River, it has a cape jutting into the sea which looks like a sprawling lion. There is an old fortification called Pom Phairi Phinat built during the reign of King Rama III.



 Suan Sadetyat
Adjacent to Wat Khao Sukim is Suan Sadetyat, an extensive fruit plantation growing rambutan and durian in the main.  During the fruit season of April-June, it is open to the public.  Admission fee includes free fruit-tasting. 


 Wat Khao Sukim
Wat Khao Sukim is about 20 kilometres north of town.  Built in 1966, it houses a large collection of religious items and valuable antiques donated by the public.  On display are wax sculptures of over twenty Buddhist monks highly revered by the public.  The temple can be reached through three accesses:- at Km. 305 (Ban Huai Sathon); at the Ban Noen Sung intersection; or at Km. 324 (Khao Rai Ya intersection)


 Wat Phlup

Wat Phlup at Tambon Bang Kacha to the southwest of town was the site of an old community during the late Ayutthaya period. Special features are two ancient pagodas of different styles and an old Thai wooden pavilion.

To Stay

:: Amphoe Mueang
 
 Caribou Highland 14 Chawana Uthit, Tambon Wat Mai, Amphoe Mueang, Chanthaburi

 
Tel :: 0 3932 3201-10 Fax : 0 3932 1584

Website :: -
Email :: kpgrand@yahoo.com



 Chanthaburi Riverside Hotel & Resort 63 Mu 9 Tambon Chanthanimit, Amphoe Mueang, Chanthaburi

 
Tel :: 0 3932 3201-10 Fax : 0 3931 1726
Website :: -
Email :: -



 Chanthanimit 116-118 Mu 1, Rim Nam Road, Amphoe Mueang, Chanthaburi

 
Tel :: 0 3931 2388, 0 3931 3163, 0 3932 1147 Fax : 0 3932 1147
Website :: -
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 Chez Vous Bungalow 1 Chanthakhamwithi Road, Amphoe Mueang, Chanthaburi
 
Tel :: 0 3931949
Website :: -
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 Eastern 899 Tha Chalaep Road, Tambon Talat, Amphoe Mueang, Chanthaburi

 
Tel :: Tel:0 3931 2218-20 Fax : 0 3931 1985
Website :: -
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 Holiday Bungalow 20/36 Tha Chalaep Road, Amphoe Mueang, Chanthaburi

 
Tel :: 0 3931 3240
Website :: -
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 K.P. Grand Hotel Chanthaburi 35/200-201 Trirat Road, Tambon Chanthanimit, Amphoe Mueang, Chanthaburi

 
Tel :: 0 3932 3201-10 Fax : 0 3932 3214
Website :: -
Email :: kpgrand@yahoo.com



 K.P. Inn 43/151-152 Trirat Road, Amphoe Mueang, Chanthaburi

 
Tel :: 0 3931 1756, 0 3931 3876 Fax : 0 3932 3793
Website :: -
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 Kiat Khachon 27/28 Tha Chalaep Road, Amphoe Mueang, Chanthaburi

 
Tel :: 0 3931 1212, 0 3931 3139



 Maneechan Resort and Sport Club 110 Mu 11, Tambon Plapphla, Amphoe Mueang, Chanthaburi

 
Tel :: 0 3934 3777-8 Fax : 0 3934 4123
Website :: www.maneechanresort.com

Email :: -


 New Travel Lodge Hotel

 
Tel :: 0 3930 1888

Website :: -
Email :: newtravellodge@hotel.com



 Rim Green Rajabhat Institute 41 Mu 5 Raksak Chamun Road, Amphoe Mueang, Chanthaburi

 
Tel :: 0 3931 2295 Fax : 0 3930 1686
Website :: -
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 The River Guest House 3/5-8 Srichant Road. Tambon Wat Mai, Amphoe Mueang, Chanthaburi

 
Tel :: 0 3932 8211 Fax : 0 3932 8533
Website :: -
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:: How To Get There


 Car

From Bangkok, take Highway No. 34 (Bang Na-Trat) or Motorway to Chonburi, then use Highway No. 344 (Ban Bung-Klaeng) and proceed to Chanthaburi along Highway No. 3.


 Bus

Both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses depart from Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) to Chanthaburi every hour from 4 a.m.-midnight. For more information, contact Transport Co. Ltd at Tel: 0 2391 2504; Choet Chai Tour Tel: 0 2391 4146; Phonnipha Tour Tel: 0 2391 5179.

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