Chanthaburi (จันทบุรี) province is in the East of Thailand, 330km from Bangkok. It borders Cambodia on one side and the Gulf of Thailand on another. This gives the province two types of landscape, the coastal with its quiet fishing villages and beautiful beaches and the mountainous with the scenery and waterfalls..

Chantaburi or Moon City, is the provincial town, situated on the Chantaburi river, which flows from the Soi Dao Nua Peak to the Gulf of Thailand.
Chantaburi was occupied by the French during the 19th Century and this can be seen in the architecture of the place, including the largest catholic Cathedral in Thailand.

It is a haven for buying and trading in gem and a large array of tropical fruits are grown in this area.

Things to do in Chanthaburi

The town would make a great base for Oasis Sea World in Paknam Laemising, about 20km away. Here you can see dolphins and swim with them too!

Wat Khao Sukim is a forest temple and a museum. There is a cable car running to the top of the mountain where the temple stands. The museum houses a large collection of religious artifacts and antiques donated by the public. Also on display are wax sculptures of over twenty Buddhist monks highly revered by the public in Thailand.

Namtok Phliu National Park situated 20km out of Chantaburi, is a must for the 3 level Phliu waterfall which ends in a refreshing basin of water, where you can swim with the fish and feed them if you want!

You can also make a day trip drive from the town to Khao Khitchakut National Park around 30 km away. It has beautiful scenery along the way. The falls here are impressive, with clear ponds where swimming is possible and there are 13 levels of the fall with nature trails cutting though all level.

Getting to Chanthaburi

From Bangkok by car, take Highway No. 34 (Bang Na-Trat) or Motorway to Chonburi, then use Highway No. 344 (Ban Bung-Klaeng) and proceed to Chanthaburi along Highway No. 3.

Both air-conditioned and non air-conditioned buses depart from Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) in Bangkok to Chanthaburi every hour .

Chanthaburi Map

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