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Chonburi – a province which is also known as changwat of Thailand – Part 4

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

The other places to see are:
• The Laser Beams Cast Buddha Image of Khao Chi Chan
• Wat Sattahip or Wat Luangpho
• Hat Toei Ngam
• Hat Sai Kaeo
• Hat Nang Ram
• Hat Nang Rong
• Hat Thian Tale
• HTMS Chakri Naruebet
• Turtle Conservation Center, the Royal Thai Navy
• Chong Samaesan Village
• Suan Chunlakan Sathit Sathan Banphachon Siam
• Phra Phuttha Ming Mueang
• Ho Phra Phanatbodi
• Wat Chum Saeng Si Wanaram
• Luangpho Tio, Wat Hua Thanon
• Sa Siliam
• Wat Luang Phrommawat
• Wat Tai Ton Lan
• Tham Khao Cha-ang Song Khrueang
• Tham Khao Cha-ang Ha Yot
• Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden

Activities in Chonburi

Agro-tourism Attractions Silver Lake Vineyard
• Located at Mu 7, Tambon Na Jomtien, Sattahip District
• It covers an area of 400 rai
• 12 kinds of grapes, 11 of which are for fresh consumption.
• One is for making wine.

Ecotourism Attractions Ko Kham Underwater Park
• It is an eco-tourism attraction.
• It is within the compound of the Royal Thai Navy in Sattahip.
• There are many Chan Pha trees.
• It looks like two islands.
• They seem to be connecting each other with an extending land.
• Snorkeling can be done at the island.

Coral Reef Submarine Tours
• In Pattaya, there are both submarines and semi-submarines.
• They are present here to admire the beauty of the coral reefs that are underwater.
• They are most popular in the areas of Ko Lan and Ko Sak.

Local Products

Festivals of Chonburi

Chonburi Annual Festival
• This fair is held in mid-April.
• This is held during the Songkran Festival.
• Phra Phutthaishing, which is Chonburi’s principle Buddha image is put in a procession.
• It is taken all around the city.

Wan Lai Festival
• It is a Chonburi merit making day of the seamen.
• This takes place on the Thai New Year during the Songkran Festival.
• It is organized during 13–20 April every year. There is:
– alms-offering to the monks
– ceremony of pouring water onto the Buddha’s image
– sand pagoda making
– splashing water
– local games
– sports in Chonburi

Festival Highlights – Songkran Festival – April
• This simple and fun filled festival celebrates the Thai New Year.
• It usually occurs around the 13th-15th April.

Songkran Festival Nationwide
• The traditional Thai New Year usually falls around the 13-17th.
• Local people to pay homage to Buddha images, clean their homes, and sprinkle water on their elders as a mark of respect.
• This has developed in recent years into open water warfare.
• Everything from hoses to ten gallon tubs used to guarantee a thorough soaking of the target.
• This is particularly popular in the tourist areas of Khao San Road, Bangkok, and Chiang Mai.
• The latter also holds colourful parades and religious ceremonies.

Pattaya Festival
• This is a riotous celebration with parades, floats, beauty contests, food festivals, and a spectacular fireworks display.
• It takes place usually a week after the Songkran festivities in Bangkok.

Other festive events include:
• Pattaya–Na Kluea Wan Lai Festival
• Na Kluea Kong Khao Fair
• Bangsaen Speedfestival
• Songkran Si Maha Racha Festival
• Kong Khao Tradition
• Ko Phra Sai Wan Lai Festival, Bang Saen
• Ngan Bun Klang Ban
• Phanat Nikhom Basketwork
• Chonburi Buffalo Race

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

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

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