Chanthaburi Thailand

Chanthaburi province in eastern Thailand

Chanthaburi is a province changwat of Thailand. It is located in the east of Thailand, at the border to Battambang and Pailin of Cambodia and the shore to the Gulf of Thailand. The neighboring provinces are Trat in the east and Rayong, Chonburi, Chachoengsao and Sa Kaeo

After the Paknam crisis in 1893 the French colonist troops occupied Chanthaburi, returning it in 1905 when Thailand gave up ownership of the western part of Cambodia. A significant minority of Chanthaburi citizens are native Vietnamese, who came there in three waves - first in the 19th century during an anti-Catholic persecution in Cochin China, a second wave came in the 1920s to 1940s fleeing from French Indochina, and a third one after the communist victory in Vietnam in 1975. Thus the town of Chanthaburi is the seat of a Bishop of Chanthaburi since 1944.

While the southern part of the province is located at the shore to the Gulf of Thailand and thus is mostly coastal alluvial plains, the hinterlands of the province are quite mountainous. The Chanthaburi mountain range in the north has the highest elevation of the province, the 1556 m high Soi Dao Nua Peak. The main river of the province is the Chanthaburi River.

Together with the neighboring province Trat, Chanthaburi is the center of gemstone mining, especially rubies and sapphires. Tropical fruits are also among the main products of the province. In 2000, it produced nearly 380,000 tons of durian, which was 45.57% of Thailand's durian production and approximately 27% of the world production of this fruit.   Wikipedia

  • Chatnthaburi tourist attractions historical sites.
  • Chatnthaburi tourist attractions historical sites.
  • Chatnthaburi tourist attractions historical sites.
  • Chatnthaburi tourist attractions historical sites.
  • Chatnthaburi tourist attractions historical sites.
  • Chatnthaburi tourist attractions historical sites.
  • Chatnthaburi tourist attractions historical sites.
  • Chatnthaburi tourist attractions historical sites.

Chanthaburi Thailand is rich with history and one of the more interesting areas for tourism in eastern Thailand. Probably the most significant of Chanthaburi legends occurred in 1767 after the fall of Ayutthaya when Chanthaburi became King Taksin the Great's center of consolidation for his armed forces of the East, and where he fought for the freedom of Thai people. The Chanthaburi people are naturally proud of their ancestors patriotism and history which they reflect even today in their preserved monuments and cultural ways.

Chanthaburi is center to Thailand's largest gem and jewelry trading markets and is known agriculturally as the best place to grow peppers and the highly tasty durian.

As a tourism, eco-tourism, and marine eco-tourism center Chanthaburi and the surrounding area offers a wide array of scenic areas that include beaches, coral reefs, extensive forests, waterfalls and the highest mountain peak in the East, "South Si Dao."

Chanthaburi is certainly one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Thailand, not only for foreigners but for the Thai people themselves.

Places of Interest

Ao Koong Krabane Development Study Center Under the advice of His Majesty the King

This research and study center is 23 km from Tamai and aims to develop and create sustainable fishing and farming practices for villagers living on the coast of Chantaburi. The project covers area of 4,000 rai (1 rai=1,600 square meters), leaving 610 rai for conserving mangrove plantation and 100 rai for seaweed as animal feed. A wooden bridge on the opposite side of the center, 1,600 m long, winding among the mangrove trees with signs and story boards posted for visitors to learn about ecology of the project area. Other activities include canoeing and an aquarium.

  • Chatnthaburi tourist attractions historical sites.
  • Chatnthaburi tourist attractions historical sites.
  • Chatnthaburi tourist attractions historical sites.
  • Chatnthaburi tourist attractions historical sites.
  • Chatnthaburi tourist attractions historical sites.

Ao Koong Krabane Development Study Center Under the advice of His Majesty the King

This research and study center is 23 km from Tamai and aims to develop and create sustainable fishing and farming practices for villagers living on the coast of Chantaburi. The project covers area of 4,000 rai (1 rai=1,600 square meters), leaving 610 rai for conserving mangrove plantation and 100 rai for seaweed as animal feed. A wooden bridge on the opposite side of the center, 1,600 m long, winding among the mangrove trees with signs and story boards posted for visitors to learn about ecology of the project area. Other activities include canoeing and an aquarium.

Buddha's Footprint, Wat Pluang (Kao Kichakoot)

The Buddha footprint was impressed on the Kao Puttabat in Kao Kichakoot National park. Start your journey from Wat Pluang, 8 km to the end of the road, and walk about 1.2 km to the Buddha footprint. It will be very crowded during Chinese New year and Makapucha day every year. Minibuses are available. Every year during January-March, Pilgrims form different parts of the country journey to pay homage ot the Buddha's footprint at the mountain peak of Kao Kitchakoot. This tradition has been inherited for many years with the belief that this journey will help practice patience becasue of its rough route and bring a high merit to the pilgrims.

Chicken Drops Jail (Kook Kee Kai)

Chicken Drops Jail (Kook Kee Kai)

The jail is 1 km from the Laem Singha pier. Built in 1893 (Rattanakosin Era 112) by French invaders then disputed with Siam claiming a territory on the left bank of Kong river. It was used to keep Siamese prisoners resisting French control. It is a square cube shaped tower, 4.40 m by 4.40 m, 7.00 m high. Chickens were kept on the floor above and allowed chickens drops to fall down on the head of inmates. It is an evident of colonization by eastern nation.

City Pillar

Located on Tarluang road, it is believed that it was built by King Taksin when he entered the city in 1767. He used Chantaburi as a base for weapons and food reserves for soldiers to fight for freedom. The old shrine was built with latellite. The new one was built in 1981 and was renovated in 1999.

Pliew Waterfall

Pliew Waterfall Chanthaburi Thailand

Located 19 km away from town, in the area of Nam Tok Pliew National Park, the medium-sized waterfall originates form underground upon the cliff, with a large habitat of Pluong fish. Ancient remains including Alongkorn Jedi Stupa and the Pyramid of Love were erected by the command of King Rama V as a love memorial to Queen Sunandhakumareeratana who passed away by accident. Pliew waterfall National Park covers area of 84,063 rai, 200 m away fron National Park office. Tourists can swim and play with cave-fishes. There are two historic monuments, first one is a laterite chedi built in B.E.2419 when King Chulalongkorn and Queen Sunanda first visited this place. The other one is a granite pyramid shape stupa built as a memorial for the passed away Queen Sunanda. Accommodations are available.

Wat Kaosukim

15 km from Tha Mai District, Wat Kao Sukim was built in 1966 with the faith in Buddhism. As a museum, it displays various kinds of religious objects and antiques. Meditation sessions are available.

Wat Mungkorn-bupparam (Chinese temple)

Wat Mungkorn-buparam (Leng Hua Yi temple) is locating on Sukumvit (Chantaburi-Klung), 12 kms from down town. A Mahayana Buddhism, built in 1977 in connection with Reverend Sok Heng, founder of Leng Ney Yi temple in Bangkok and Leng Hok Yi temple in Cha-choeng-sao. The pavilion and Pra Ubosot of Leng Hua Yi temple are decorated with beautiful mosaics patterns. There are two big events to celebrate, Katin festival and praying time (starting 21 days after Chinese New year). People come and keep their virginity in the temple for 7-10 days.

  • Chatnthaburi tourist attractions historical sites.
  • Chatnthaburi tourist attractions historical sites.
  • Chatnthaburi tourist attractions historical sites.
  • Chatnthaburi tourist attractions historical sites.
  • Chatnthaburi tourist attractions historical sites.

Wat Pailom (Royal temple)

The temple is on Trirat road, built in late Ayutthaya period. Inside the ubosot hall, there are splendid murals depicting Dhosajataga and the life of the Lord Buuddha. A viharn housed a very large size reclining Buddha, and a Chong traditional massage is available downstairs. The service is arranging by Chong's knowledgeable club, 08.30-18.00 hrs daily.

The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception (Catholic Church of Chanthaburi)

Christianity was introduced in Chanthaburi during the reign of King Chulalongkorn since 1876. Five churchs were constructed and expanded. Finally, a Gothic style church laid its foundations on 6th January 1906 and was completed on 10th January 1909 with graceful blessing accepting the Virgin Maria as church supporter. In 1944, Jacoby Jang Kerdsawang, became the first Thai Cardinal and converted the church to a Cathedral.

Tuk Daeng (Red House)

It was built near Laem Singha beach, 30 kms from Chantaburi by the French army in 1893. It is a single storey building, built in brick and plaster, 7 m X 32 m. It is painted red and contains five rooms with connecting doors and a corridor on each side. Bricks came from Pikardsuuk Fortress. It was used as a guard house for French officers. It became a school library and registered a historic place in 1985.

Rafting at Pong Nam Ron Canal

Adventure rafting activity Chanthaburi area

The starting point is 22 km from Amphor Pong Nam Ron. It is a beautiful rafting route, 12kms snaking via villages and orchards. The current is level 1-2 in difficulty. Best times to enjoy this experience is during the rainy season from May-November.

Krating Waterfall

It is a very tall 13-tier waterfall receiving water from Kichchakood mountain National Park. Each tier is 20 m from the adjacent tier, and you can swim in the basin of each tier. Mosses and ferns densely cover each side of the walkway. The most beautiful landscapes are seen from tiers 8 and 9 where you can see water pouring down from the cliff. Tier 10 has strong current and the best view point to look at Toong wua reservoir and the green carpet of trees below.

Laem Singha Beach

Located at Tambon Paknam Laem Singha, 30 kms from down town Chantaburi. The beach is lined with rows of pine trees, leisure areas and many vendors offering interesting local food dishes. Accommodations are available, and here, you can view Chula island and mount Laem Singha in front of you.

Merchant Marine National Museum

Situated in Nern wong barrack here is an exhibit and display about Thai naval trading. There is an extensive collection of underwater artivacts such as ceramic pottery and ceramic dolls (human and animal). The main exhibition is on the second floor. A full scale model of a junk allows people to explore every part of the cabin. A display downstairs shows working processes under the water. OTOP products in the next room display gemstone mining, orchard plantation, a joyful nature and lives of the native 'Chong'.

Mangrove habitat study center

Oasis Sea World

Is 25 km from Chantaburi and expanded on the area of 68 rai in tambon Paknam. It is a place for nursing and conserving two species dolphins in Chantaburi waters, the round-headed and the bottle-headed dolphins. House of butterflies show their life cycle and you can walk through the exhibit. Dolphins shows are fun and you can even spend time swimming with them. Included are restaurants, souvenir shop and accommodations for youth camps and tourists. For more information contact Oasis sea world, 42/2 moo5, Tambon Paknam, Amphor Laem-singha, Chantaburi.

Luang Chanthabul (Dendrobium Friederick-sianum)

One of the rare orchid species originated in the East of Thailand is normally found in the forest of Chanthaburi and Trat. First blooming, a bouquet of Luang Chanthabul turns into pale yellow and gradually changes to the darker shade as time goes by. Its petal is brittle and its skin glossily shines. The orchid season lasts 3 months form January to March.

Chanthaburi Fruit Festival

Chanthaburi fruit festival is annually held in May lasting one week at Chanthaburi Stadium and throughout the province. Here is a fruit paradise offering fresh-picked tropical fruits from orchanrds, such as Durian, Rambutan and Mangosteen. The festival is coloured by fruit floats, fruit quality contest, beauty pageant, jewelry and a OTOP (One Tambon One Product) bazaar.

Lions Clubs International Multi-District Convention 2013

Lions International Multi-District Convention 2013 will be held in Chanthaburi during March. Lions members from throughout Thailand will join for this 3 day event that includes parades, training, dinners and visits to local tourist spots.