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Chonburi – a province which is also known as changwat of Thailand – Part 3

Chonburi is a province which is also known as changwat of Thailand. 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. 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.

Places to see in and around Chonburi

12. Khao Kheow Open Zoo
• This zoo is operated by the Zoological Garden Organization.
• It covers a vast area of forestland.
• There are over 200 species of wildlife.
• They are all found living in their natural habitat.
• They involve both domestic and imported species.

13. Ko Sichang
• This is about 12 kms off the shore of Si Racha.
• It is the large island of Sichang.
• This island offers beautiful mountain and sea views.
• Ko Sichang has served as a cargo station.
• This is from the early days of the trading history of the country.
• It is also the site of a summer palace.
• This palace was built during the reign of King Rama V.

14. Chao Pho Khao Yai Shrine
• This is a shrine.
• It is a natural architectural masterpiece.
• This was revered by both the Thai and Chinese worshipers.
• Panoramic view of Sichang community is visible here from the front side of the island.

15. Ao Udom Scenario
• The Scene of Ao Udom area is based on the cargo shipment.
• This acts as transfer from barge to vessel.
• Then from vessel to coast and fuel jetty.
• More jetty and Ao Udom are operated by private sectors.They are:

16. Bann Ao Udom
• This is a small fishery village.
• This village is over 100 years old.
• WATT MAI NERN PAYOM is only one Buddhist temple present in this village.

17. Mondop atop Buddha’s Footprint
• King Rama V had this footprint replica installed here.
• It was placed on top of Khaya Sira Hill.

18. Hat Tham Khao Phang
• Hat Tham Khao Phang is at the back of the island.
• It has white sandy beach in its vicinity.
• The sloping beach is hence on the un-windy side.

19. Khao Khat Pass and Hat Hin Klom
• The name of “Hat Hin Klom” originated from the rounded rocks on the beach.
• They are “rounded” by the westerly wind.
• This wind usually flows from March to September.

20. Phra Chuthathut Ratchathan
• This is the only palace that is in the mid of sea.
• King Rama V had it built here.
• This was in 1892 as a holiday retreat.
• It also served as a convalescence home for his wives and children. Other features are:
– Residential quarters
– Lawns
– Pools
– swamps
• All these are designed and situated in ascending tiers from the beach which is up to the top of the hill.
• It alternated with frangipani trees of different colors.

21. Ko Thai Khangkhao
• This is a small island.
• It is located on the southern side of Ko Sichang.
• Here there is a sandy beach and coral.
• They are Amphoe Bang Lamung and Mueang Pattaya.

22. Underwater World
• This is an aquarium.
• There is a collection of marine species in the Gulf of Thailand.
• The tunnel is 105 meters long.
• They are divided into 4 zones.
• There are marine lives feeding shows held here.
• They are available both on the surface of the water and underwater in each zone.

23. Pattaya Beach
• The three kilometers long Pattaya Beach runs along the city center.
• The beach is full of life with hotels, restaurants, shopping malls all along the road facing the beach
• The street south of Beach Road known as Walking Street, comes alive with rock music when night falls
• There are hundreds of beer bars, go-go bars, discotheques around the area
• Muay Thai, the Thai Boxing, an open arena in some of the beer bars are exciting to the hilt.

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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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

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