Traveling in Chanthaburi province

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This is part 20 of the 48 (out of the 77) of all the provinces in Thailand I have stayed at least 1 night. Chanthaburi province is one of the 4 provinces located along the Eastern Seaboard and borders to Cambodia. The capital town is of course Chanthaburi town (250 km from Bangkok), a provincial town build on a hills and with a big lake in town. The area of Chanthaburi is famous for its gem-stone mining and germ-stone shops. And nowadays famous for all its farming of tropical fruit, especially the Durian. It is also the only area of Thailand that has been occupied by the France. Personally I came for the first time to Chanthaburi in 2003, traveling to Soi Dao and Chanthaburi town. I discovered also that there is actually a beautiful coastline of rivers and mangroves and some very nice beaches. But for some reason there is almost no tourism, a little bit from Thai but almost not at all from foreigners. Although example the area of Khao Soi Dao is really fantastic for outdoor activities and you will see stunning nature. Following are photos and information about Chanthaburi province. For more information about beaches in Chanthaburi see A Guide to the Coastline of Chanthaburi.

How to get to Chanthaburi province?

  • Not by Air as is there is no airport, nearest airport is in Trat (TDX). Well actually there is an very small military airport between Chanthaburi town and Tha Mai.
  • By Car or Motorbike from Bangkok via Sukhunvit road (route 3) or Route 317 from Sa Keao
  • By Bus from Suvarnabhumi Airport, Eastern Bus Terminal, Mochit Bus Terminal in Bangkok
  • Not by Train as there is no rail-road

Popular destinations in Chanthaburi province

  • Thai-Cambodian Border Markets Ban Phakard, Ban Leam, Saton, Phanom Proek and Klong Hat
  • Chanthaburi Historical Town (in Chanthaburi town)
  • Philo Waterfall (National Park)
  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (in Chanthaburi town)
  • Tuek Daeng (the Red Building)
  • Nong Wong Fort
  • Maritiem Museum
  • Gem Stone Museum (in Chanthaburi town)
  • Khao Khitchakut National Park
  • Chao Lao Beach
  • Khao Soi Dao (highly recommended)
  • Fishing village Ko Proet
  • Laem Sadet
  • Laem Sing
  • Kung Wiman
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Waterfall in Chanthaburi, Thailand

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Durian in Chanthaburi, Thailand

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A HUGE tree in Chanthaburi, Thailand

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The journey of Traveling 2 Thailand did begin with One Night in Bangkok in 1985 and since 2009 it became a personal non-commercial travel blog as inspiration for traveling & motorbike riding in Thailand. Made just for the sheer love of traveling and sharing experience about traveling in South-East Asia. To travel beyond the beaten track & highlights. Enjoy!