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Chanthaburi – Capital of an eponymous province which is in Eastern Thailand – Part 5

Chanthaburi is about 245 km from Bangkok. It is the capital of an eponymous province which is in Eastern Thailand. It is a useful transport hub. It is helpful for accessing the islands Koh Chang and Koh Kut. It is situated in the east of Thailand.

Places of Attractions in Chanthaburi

12. Khao Laem Sing Forest Park
– It covers a total land and marine area of 9,500 rai.
– It includes dry evergreen forest and beach forest which are home to important flora and fauna.
– Marine life can be found on beaches and islands.

13. Khao Laem Sing
– It is a small hill located 172 meters above sea level.
– A pile of rocks look like a crouching lion.

14. Ko Nom Sao
– It covers an area of approximately 150 rai.
– There are steep cliffs in the south, and beaches and coral reefs in the north.

15. Ao Yang
– A small shady beach.

16. Ko Chula
– A small island with beautiful corals.

17. Laem Sadet–Ao Khung Kraben
– It accommodates the royally-suggested Ao Khung Kraben Development Study Center.
– It won the Thailand Tourism Awards 2002.

18. Ao Khung Kraben Non-hunting Area
– The area suffered deforestation 40 years ago and has just recently seen pioneer plants.
– There are 4 types of forest within the area; namely, dry evergreen forest, mixed deciduous forest, beach forest and mangrove forest.

19. Khao Chamao–Khao Wong National Park
20. Tham Khao Wong
– It is surrounded by limestone mountains and evergreen forest which is a habitat of Chan Pha.
21. Wat Khao Sukim
– The objective of the temple is to be used as a meditation venue.

22. Khao Khitchakut National Park
The national park includes Namtok Krathing which is a large 13-tiered waterfall originating from the Khitchakut Range.
Places of interest within the national park include:
– Namtok Krathing (a large 13-tiered waterfall originating from the Khitchakut Range.)
– Yot Khao Phrabat Interesting spots on top of Khao Phrabat are formed by geological phenomena and related to Buddhist legends).
– Namtok Khlong Chang Se(It is a circular nature trail starting from the Safeguard Unit).
– Namtok Khlong Krasan(A large waterfall).

23. Yot Khao Phrabat
Interesting spots on top of Khao Phrabat are formed by geological phenomena such as:
• Sila Chedi
• The Buddha’s footprint
• Stone in the shape which looks like an overturned alms bowl
• Tham Ruesi or hermit cave
• God Indra’s carriage racing ground
• Stones in the shape of a giant turtle and elephant.

24. Phuttha-utthayan Wat Chak Yai
– It is a Buddhist park featuring a fine sculptural exhibition of the Life of the Lord Buddha with narrative signs.

25. Khao Sip Ha Chan National Park
Places of interest include waterfalls like Namtok Saba, Namtok I Kek and especially Namtok Khao Sip Ha Chan, a breathtaking 15-tiered waterfall with water all year round.

26. Magic Ring
– Golden rings fixed with gemstones.
– The setting is usually made into various animals such as shrimp, crab, fish, Naga serpent, etc. and can be separated into 4 connected rings.

Fruits of Chanthaburi
Tropical fruits are abundant during May –June like:
• Rambutan
• Durian
• Mangosteen
• Rakam
• Sala varieties of zalacca
• Santol
– Pepper both black and white
– Sen Chan Noodle
– Pumpkin, durian, and taro crisps
– Soi Dao Paper

Festivals of Chanthaburi

Phra Phutthabat Phluang Homage-paying Fair held on the new Mun day of the 2nd lunar month during the period of the Chinese New Year to Magha Puja.
Phra Phutthasaiyat Gilding Fair held around the period of the Chinese New Year
Rajamangala Rak Lueang Chan Festival is held in February of every year at Rajamangala Institute of Technology.
Kwian Phrabat Tug-of-war Tradition: held around the Songkran Festival at Wat Tapon Yai, Amphoe Khlung.
World Durian Festival held annually for 1-2 weeks in the month of May at the Triangular Na Choei Ground.
Chanthaburi Gemstone and Local Product Fair
King Taksin the Great Commemoration Day and Chanthaburi Red Cross Fair
Khao Soi Dao Tourism Festival

Best time to visit / climate

• The most pleasant time to visit is from November till February.
• It is both the coolest and driest period.
• Daytime temperatures still hover around 30°C (86°F), but it does cool down into the lower 20’s as it gets dark (lower 70s in Fahrenheit).
• March and April represent the hot season.
• The temperatures are 35°C (95°F) on average.
• This is the worst season to visit Bangkok, so plan in a lot of air-conditioned shopping mall visits and get a hotel with a swimming pool.
• The wet season that runs from May till October.
• Expect massive downpours resulting in floods all over the city.
• Extreme rainfall happens in September and October, so these months are best avoided.

There are two main seasons:
– Dry season equates to high season and any rates associated with travel are much higher than low season.
– For those you can not take extreme heat Dec – Feb is milder than Mar – May and air quality is poor.
– From May to November, there are less tourists, fresher air, greener foliage, and if you like white water rafting this is the time.

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How to get there?

• Chantaburi is about 4 hours by bus from Bangkok.
• The nearest border crossing with Cambodia is at Ban Pakard.
• This faces Phsar Prum in Cambodia.
• It is about 1-2 hours from Chantaburi by minibus.
• It takes 100 baht.
• One can also take a songthaew.
• It costs about 40 baht
• Pailin is a further 18 km from the border.
• If direct connections to Ban Pakard are not available then take any northbound bus on Highway 317.
• They are to: Nakhon Ratchasima,Buriram or Aranyaprathet
• Get off at Pong Nam Rong.
• In Pong Nam Rong, songthaew connect with the border crossing.
• Northbound buses will call at Aranyaprathet.
• This is the busiest Thai-Khmer crossing.
• For coastal Cambodia, head to Trat in Thailand.
• Continue to the Koh Kong border from there.

1. By Car
The province is accessible by 5 routes:
Highway No. 3
• Start from Bang Na, Bangkok, via Chon Buri – Bang Saen – Si Racha – Pattaya – Sattahip – Ban Chang – Rayong – Chanthaburi.
• A total distance of 330 Kilometers.

Highway No. 36
• Start from kilometers 140 on Sukhumwit Road in Bang Lamung, Chon Buri, turn left at Krathing Lai T-junction via Pira Circuit to end at Tambon Choeng Noen in Amphoe Mueang, Rayong Province.
• A distance of 60 kilometers.
• Turn into Highway No. 3 for 108 kilometers to Chanthaburi.
• A total distance of 308 kilometers.

Highway No. 344
• The Ban Bueng – Klaeng route, saving a distance of up to 70 kilometers, starts from Sukhumwit Road in Amphoe Mueang, Chon Buri, via Amphoe Ban Bueng of Chon Buri Province, Amphoe Wang Chan and Amphoe Klaeng of Rayong Province, a distance of 110 kilometers.
• Then, continue on Highway No. 3 for 58 kilometres to Chanthaburi.
• A total distance of 266 kilometers.

Linking the Northeast and the East
• Start at 200 kilometers on Highway No. 33 from Amphoe Kabin Buri of Prachin Buri Province, turn right at Kilometers 230 in Sa Kaeo Province into Highway No. 317, continue for 189 Kilometers via Amphoe Wang Nam Yen, Amphoe Soi Dao, Amphoe Pong Nam Ron, Amphoe Makham to Chanthaburi.
• A total distance of 219 Kilometres from Kabin Buri.

Motorway – Highway No. 7
• Start from Si Nakharin Road in Bangkok and end in Pattaya, Chon Buri, a distance of 90 kilometres then, continue on Highway No. 36 for 50 kilometres and Highway No. 3 for another 108 kilometres.
• A total distance of 248 kilometers.

2. By Bus
From Bangkok Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) on Sukhumwit Road
• Air-conditioned Bus Transport Co., Ltd., there are buses leaving daily.
• Tel. 0 2391 2504
• Chanthaburi office, Tel. 0 3932 2197

Private operators:
• Cherdchai Tour Tel. 0 2391 2237; Chanthaburi office, Tel. 0 3935 0357.
• Pornnipa Tour Tel. 0 2391 5179; Chanthaburi office, Tel. 0 3931 1476, 0 3931 1278.
• Suparat Tour Tel. 0 2391 2331; Chanthaburi office, Tel. 0 3935 0223.

From Mo Chit 2 or Northern Bus Terminal (Chatuchak) on Kamphaeng Phet Road
• Transport Co., Ltd., there are buses leaving daily
• Tel. 0 2936 2852

Private operators:
• Cherdchai Tour Tel. 0 2936 0199
• Pornnipa Tour Tel. 0 2936 2256-7
• Suparat Tour Tel. 0 2936 3888, 0 2936 3939

Buses are also available from Chanthaburi to other provinces including:
• Aranyaprathet
• Nakhon Ratchasima
• Trat
• Rayong
• Sa Kaeo
• Saraburi
• Buri Ram
• Prachinburi
• Tak
• For more information, contact the Chanthaburi Bus Terminal at Tel. 0 3932 2197.

3 By Mini Van
• Victory Monument in Bangkok has mini vans to many nearby cities.
• These include Chantaburi.
• The van to Chantaburi takes anywhere from 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours.
• It makes one stop about an 75 kilometers outside Bangkok.
• The van stops in Chantaburi just outside town at the Tesco Lotus.
• The vans also leave from the Tesco going to Victory Monument.
• The vans usually run from 6am until 8pm.
• They leave every hour.
• Make sure you arrive 20-30 minutes before the time you want to leave.
• The cost is 200 baht each way.

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

Hotels at wikitravel.org
Hotels at hotels2thailand.com
Hotels at tripadvisor.com

Blogs / Sites about Thailand – Chanthaburi

Blogs at wikipedia.org
Blogs at travelpod
Blogs at travelfish.org
Blogs and reviews at lonelyplanet.com

Images and photos of Thailand – Chanthaburi

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Videos of Thailand – Chanthaburi

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