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Chantaburi, the city of moon is a province in the southeast of Thailand. It is a coastal province that borders Rayong, Trat, Chonburi and Sa Kaeo. The significance of the city of moon is shown in the provincial seal which display is the moon surrounded by an aura. Inside the moon is a rabbit, stemming from a Thai folk story in which the dark areas of the moon formed the shape of a rabbit. The seal symbolizes the peace, tranquility, and kindness of the province.
Chantaburi Is a province in the southeast of Thailand. It is a coastal province that borders Rayong, Trat, Chonburi and Sa Kaeo.
The southern part of the province is set on the shore of the Gulf of Thailand and is mostly coastal plains, and typical of a relaxed, mellow, serene beach town. Inland from the beaches, the province is quite mountainous as is much of Thailand. The highest elevation in the province is about 1556 meters high at Soi Dao Nua Peak. The main river of the province is the Chanthaburi River.
Along with neighboring province Trat, Chanthaburi’s main industry is of gemstone mining, mostly rubies and sapphires. Another industry that keeps the town going is fruit production. In 2000, Chanthaburi produced nearly 380,000 tons of durian, which was just under half of durian production that year. It is estimated that Chanthaburi province produces approximately 27% of the world’s durian. Every May or June, there is a fruit festival held here to celebrate the abundance of fruit.
After the Paknam crisis in 1893, the French colonist troops occupied Chanthaburi, only giving it back in 1905 when Thailand conceded territory in the western part of Cambodia. A significant population of the citizens who live here are natively Vietnamese who came here in the early part of the nineteenth century to escape persecution. A second wave of Vietnamese refugees came in the 1920s to the 1940s, fleeing from French Indochina persecution. A third wave of Vietnamese natives came to Chantaburi in 1975 following a communist victory in Vietnam. In addition to a plethora of Vietnamese natives, there are quite a large number of Burmese and Chinese migrants as well, often fleeing from the same sort of persecution. The French occupied the province in the 1890s, and left their mark in terms of shop houses, churches, and temples. Due to the beautiful landscape, the city is often nicknamed “the city of the moon.”
The significance of this nickname is shown in the provincial seal which display is the moon surrounded by an aura. Inside the moon is a rabbit, stemming from a Thai folk story in which the dark areas of the moon formed the shape of a rabbit. The seal symbolizes the peace, tranquility, and kindness of the province. In addition, the flag of the province also shows the seal in the middle of a white rabbit on a yellow moon backdropped with a blue sky.
A day trip to Trat is incredibly easy as it’s only a 1 hour drive away, and then you can take a 45 minute ferry to Koh Chang, one of the most beautiful islands in Thailand, and also the third largest after Phuket and Koh Samui. Koh Chang is hilly and filled with hikes and waterfalls, and the water is pristine and wonderful to swim in. Koh Chang also has some great dining options. In addition to Koh Chang, Koh Mak and Koh Kut are also nearby and accessible via boat.
The Thai-Cambodian border is only a 2.5 drive away, and could be worth the short trip to crossover. However, be aware that some countries need visas to enter Cambodia, so this may add to the costs of the trip. There’s a lot of history at this border, and you can feel and see parts of it here.
Rayong is a classically old school Thai town that’s most well known as the starting point of a trip to Koh Samed, an island popular with young Thais wanting to enjoy some island nightlife. Rayong in and of itself is an industry town, an industry dominated by chemicals and fruit production.
There are many options for accommodations in Chantaburi. Families will be able to find spacious rooms for all of the children, couples will find romantic options to enjoy the scenery, and backpackers have a few low-cost budget-friendly options.
With an unbeatable location right on the beach, Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort has all of the amenities you could possibly need including interconnecting rooms, air conditioning, pool, restaurant, meeting rooms, a balcony for every room, and all necessary bathroom toiletries. The rooms are modern, well-maintained, and many offer a beautiful view of the beach. The staff here are known to be incredibly friendly and helpful so don't be afraid to ask for anything that you might need to make your stay a bit more comfortable.
Enjoy a first-class stay that is surrounded by refreshing nature, and fully equipped with all the facilities of a five-star luxury resort. Amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, an aerobic room, steam room, sauna, and access to traditional Thai massage services. The hotel is also equipped with a convention hall, meeting rooms, and banquet space for parties and get-togethers. Although there is Wi-Fi in the entire hotel, there is a high-speed internet corner available to accommodate all business needs.
Set amidst lush greenery and mountains in Chanthaburi, 18 hole golf course set over 1580 acres of gorgeous tropical gardens, is a beautiful treasure of this province. There are a total of 47 recently renovated rooms overlooking the stunning beauty of the golf course. Guests here can enjoy a year-round, well-maintained, outdoor pool as well as enjoy top-notch delicacies made by the chef. Wi-Fi is available in all areas of the hotel and is free of charge. Guests may also enjoy free bicycle rentals while staying on this property.
Peggy's Cove is the name of a small rural fishing village in Nova Scotia, Canada, founded in 1811. The symbol of Peggy's Cove is the lighthouse, which is the most famous landmark for travelers to look out for it. In addition, the architecture of houses in this village is renowned and colorful. This hotel attempts to recreate this model of serene, peaceful, and humble atmosphere. Come to Peggy's Cove Resort to experience a small fishing village at its best. The views here are unbeatable, as is the coffee and food from the restaurant.
Pleai Ta Lea Resort Offers clean, modest, affordable accommodations for backpackers and those on a budget. The staff here are known to be friendly, and the location is quite central for exploring other parts of Chanthaburi.
The nearest airport is in Trat, about a one hour drive away. However, flights to Trat are not that common, although flights are possible from Bangkok and Chiang Mai. However, many of these flights often have long layovers and are quite expensive. A more common way to reach Chanthaburi is from Bangkok.
Buses depart from the Bangkok Eastern and Northern bus terminals. Buses are scheduled to leave approximately every hour, although second-class buses may wait for enough passengers before departing. The trip takes approximately four hours without traffic and the fare is about 210 THB, depending on the class of bus ticket you purchase. Buses run on average from 4 a.m. till midnight
There are minivans departing from Victory Monument in Bangkok, running from 06:00 to 20:00 on an hourly basis. Fare is around 200 THB. From Pattaya, the minivan costs THB 200 as well, departing from Central Pattaya Road.
You can hire a taxi or an Uber to take you to the destination. However, almost all drivers will require a flat fare, which you can expect to be upwards of 3,000 THB.
There are songthaews (mostly blue-coloured and yellow-coloured), which will cost THB 5 -15. These are modified truck beds that have 2 facing rows of seats for passengers to sit on.
There are also motorbikes for rent around town. Prices range from 300 THB per day, to 1000 THB for a week. to about 3000 for a month’s rent.
The Cathedral of Immaculate Conception is known as the largest church in Thailand. It was initially built in 1711, and has since been enlarged and rebuilt four times throughout the 19th century. It was enlarged due to the high volume of Vietnamese Christian refugees fleeing religious persecution in Vietnam. these people were catholic and therefore needed space to Worship. In 1909, the church was rebuilt into its current form, in the Gothic style.
Opening hours: daily from 6am to 6pm
Entrance fee: free
Also known as the Noen Wong Fortress, this ancient site is situated about 8 kilometers from the city center. Dating back to 1834, it was relocated to its present location due to it being a good defense point against the Vietnamese invaders. The Underwater Archaelogical Office here exhibits Thailand’s marine memorabilia. This includes ancient sailing items as well as a narration of the history and culture of the people of Chanthaburi.
Opening hours: 9am to 4pm daily
Entrance fee: free
This crocodile farm allows you access to over 1000 crocodiles they are across multiple different species. There is also a fruit farm here which includes fruit such as durian, mangosteel and rambutan. crocodile shows are on Saturdays and Sundays at 11:00am and 3:00 pm. Shows are also available Saturdays and Sundays at 12:00 and 16:00.
Opening hours: 8.30am to 5.30pm
Entrance fee: 300 THB per adult, 200 THB per child
Only 14 kilometers from City Center, this is one of the most popular parks in Thailand. The name comes from the famed Thai waterfalls cascading from Khao Sabap Mountain. in total, this park is a massive and impressive size at 135 square kilometers. does National Park is not only renowned for its magnificent, natural settings, but it is also a historical site. It is rumored that King Rama V proposed to his wife here. A nearby Shrine in the shape of a pyramid built in 1876, hold the Queen's ashes.
Opening hours: 7am to 6pm daily
Entrance fee: 200 THB per adult, 100 THB per child
Nicknamed “Talad Ploy” this market is the hub for gems in Thailand and neighboring countries. The market is especially bustling on a Fridays in over the weekend. Always be aware of deals that seem too good to be true as they often are.
Opening hours: Most shops are open from 10am to 3pm daily, later if it is high season and there are a lot of customers
Entrance fee: bring cash if you want to barter and purchase gems
Durian - dubbed the “king of fruits,” durian is well worth a try. It has a somewhat creamy texture coupled with a onion and garlic sort of smell. It is quite expensive to purchase compared to other fruits in Thailand, as there is a great deal of work and both growing it, and serving it. An average portion that you will see on the street will cost over 100 THB but not more than 300 THB. Durian is not allowed on most methods of public transportation as it smell can permeate through an entire vehicle within minutes.
Motorbike rental - A great way to explore this beautiful area of Thailand is by motorbike. When renting a motorbike, most vendors will want you to leave your passport in case there are any damages to the bike upon return. Some vendors will accept a copy of your passport, or another type of identification such as a driver's license or student ID. Some other vendors will also let you leave a cash deposit as opposed to an ID. take a video of the motorbike before leaving, and make sure to point out any and all scratches no matter how small on the bike prior to leaving the vendor. Otherwise, driving and these parts of town is often pretty easy, and people don't tend to drive too quickly. If you're not used to driving on the left side of the road, make sure you’re always paying attention to what side of the road you should be on.