Along the Eastern Seaboard .... Chanthaburi and Soi Dao

Fishing village in Chantaburi - Thailand

Living along the Eastern Seaboard traveling along the coast is a favorite hobby of me. And I like the city of Chantaburi with his lake and park in the middle of the city but also the beautiful natural coastline behind Chantaburi city with his rivers, small mountains and fishing villages. Also there is a part of old history of French colonization of Thailand. Yes the French even did build a fort here! Chantaburi is about 245 km from Bangkok and of course famous for all its fresh fruit like rambutan and durians but also for it gem stones.


When making one of my famous visa-runs I made a trip to Ban Prakard border-crossing with Cambodia and discovered a beautiful part of Thailand called "Soi Dao". It is actually the area the road going from Chantaburi all the way up to Aranyaphratet. Soi Dao is surrounded by high mountains and beautiful breathtaking views. Although not touristic at all there some nice resort to be found.

The next day we made a small trekking to Soi Dao waterfall and it was really amazing to see that this kind of forest still exists here in Thailand. Trees so high we could not see the top while standing under it. Trees wide as 5 meter. We did walk only up to level 3 or 4 but walking all the way to the highest level would probably take a half day one-way! A very special part of Thailand indeed.


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