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Chonburi – a province which is also known as changwat of Thailand – Part 1

Chonburi is a province which is also known as changwat of Thailand. Neighboring provinces are:
– Chachoengsao
– Chanthaburi
– Rayong
• To the west is the Gulf of Thailand.
• Eastern seaboard is heavily industrialized.
It is underpinned by:
– Shipping
– Transportation
– Tourism
– Manufacturing industries
• It is second in economic output to Bangkok.
• Mueang Chonburi has been settled dating back to Ayutthaya period.
• It is comprised of many small towns. They are:
– Mueang Bang Sai
– Mueang Bang Pla Soi
– Mueang Bang Phra
• Later, King Rama V combined these towns together.
• They were merged into Chonburi Province.
• The word Chon comes from the Sanskrit word Jala. The word means water.
• The word buri comes from Sanskrit Puri. The word means town or city.
• The name of the province when combined means the City of Water.
• The province is located at the Bay of Bangkok.
• Towards north-west to the south-east of the province stretch the Khao Khiao mountain range.
• The fertile plains of the north were long used for farming.
• The south of the province is in the Laem Chabang.
• This is one of the few deep-water harbors in Thailand.

What are the administrative divisions?

• The province is subdivided in 11 districts.
• These are further subdivided into 92 subdistricts and 691 villages.
• The districts are:
– Mueang Chonburi
– Ban Bueng
– Nong Yai
– Bang Lamung
– Phan Thong
– Phanat Nikhom
– Si Racha
– Ko Sichang
– Sattahip
– Bo Thong
– Ko Chan
• Towns according to their ranking are:
Rank City/Town
1. Pattaya
2. Chaophraya Surasak
3. Ban Suan
4. Laem Chabang
5. Nong Prue
6. Saen Suk (Bangsaen)
7. Chon Buri
8. Angsila
9. Sattahip
10.Huay Yai
11.Si Racha
12.Ban Bueng
13.Huay Kapi
14.Mon Nang
15.Phanat Nikhom
16.Bang Sai
17.Nong Maidaeng
18.Bang Sare
19.Don Hua Lo
20.Tha Bunmee
21.Ko Sichang
22.Nong Phai Kaew

Places to see in and around Chonburi

1. Wat Khao Phra Phutthabat Bang Sai
• There is a mandap inside.
• This is a square building.
• It has a crown-like cupola.
• On this resides the Buddha’s footprint.
• There is a custom for people here who pay respect to the footprint of Buddha from the end of the fourth lunar month to the second day of the fifth month during the period of the waxing moon.

2. Wat Yai Inthraram
• It is a significant temple.
• It is located in Mueang Chon Buri.
• It is highly influenced by the late Ayutthayan architectural style.
• The Ubosot was built in its Gunwale Curve base.
• There are displays of mural paintings inside.

3. Phra Phutthaishing Shrine
• The shrine houses a replica of the Phra Phutthaishing cast.
• This is casted in pure silver.

4. Wat Thammanimit
• It was constructed in 1941.
• This is the place where the Phra Phutthamongkhon Nimit Buddha image is enclosed.
• It is a concrete Buddha image.
• It is decorated with mosaic tiles.
• They are in the Boarding a Boat posture.

5. Ang Sila
• This is a seaside fishing village.
• Most villagers are skilled here.
• They are well versed in making implements from granite.
• Items made are mainly mortar and pestle.
• They are broadly used in Thai households.
• This is during the olden times.
• There are figurines of animals.

Best time to visit / climate

• Thailand is largely tropical.
• It’s hot and humid all year around with temperatures in the 28-35°C range (82-95°F).
• From November to the end of February, it doesn’t rain much and temperatures are at their lowest.
• From March to June, Thailand swelters in temperatures as high as 40°C (104°F).
• From July to October, although it only really gets underway in September, tropical monsoons hit most of the country.

Location on Google Maps:

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Or click and paste the URL below on your browser:,+Thailand&gl=in&t=m&z=9

How to get there?

1. By Car
There are many routes from Bangkok to Chon Buri as follows:
• Take Highway No. 34 to Bang Na-Trat to Chon Buri.
• Take Highway No. 304, Bangkok-Min Buri.
• This passes Chachoengsao province-Bang Pakong into Chon Buri.
• Take the old route of Sukhumvit Road, Highway No. 3.
• This passes the Samut Prakan province to the intersection of Bang Pakong District.
• Enter Highway No. 34 to Chon Buri.
• Take the Motorway, Bangkok-Chon Buri-Pattaya.
• Tel. 1193, 0 3839 2001.

2. By Train
• From Hua Lamphong Railway Station, there is a daily train running to Phlu Ta Luang Railway Station.
• Tel. 1690, 0 2220 4444, 0 2222 4334

3. By Bus
• The best way to get to Chonburi is to get a bus from the bus terminal of the Bangkok Airport Suwarnaphumi.
• A free shuttle bus plies around the clock.
• This is between the arrival terminal of the airport and the bus terminal.
• From the bus terminal it is 85 km to Chonburi center.
• It takes about 1 hour and 10 minutes.
• From the Eastern Bus Terminal, there are many air-conditioned buses to Chon Buri.
• It is from 5.30AM-9PM every 40 minutes.
• Tel. 0 2391 9829.
• The second-class air-conditioned buses are provided.
• It is from 5.30AM-9PM every 30 minutes.
• Tel. 0 2391 2504
• Non air-conditioned buses leave Ekkamai every 30 minutes.
• It is from 5AM-9PM
• Tel. 0 2391 2504
• There are also air-conditioned buses leaving the Bangkok Bus Terminal.
• Air-conditioned buses take the Motorway.
• It is from 6.30AM-6.30PM
• Tel. 0 2936 2852-66
• There are private buses.
• They depart from the Southern Bus Terminal.
• Air-conditioned buses to Pattaya run daily.
• They go along the Bang Na-Trat route.
• They then stop at the Rot Rungrueng Company Limted’s air-conditioned bus terminal which is on Pattaya Nuea Road.
• They leave from 5.30AM–6.30PM.
• They depart every 2 hours.
• Tel. 0 2884 5582
• Pattaya Branch at Tel. 0 3842 9877

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

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Blogs / Sites about Thailand – Chon Buri

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Images and photos of Thailand – Chon Buri

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Videos of of Thailand – Chon Buri

Slideshow of Chon Buri: TravelPod’s trip to Chon Buri was created with TripAdvisor TripWow!

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