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For over five hundred years, the seams of rock rich in sapphires and rubies that streak the hills of eastern Thailand have drawn prospectors and traders of all nationalities to the provincial capital of CHANTHABURI, 80km east of Ban Phe. Many of these hopefuls established permanent homes in the town, particularly the Shans from Burma, the Chinese and the Cambodians. Though the veins of precious stones have now been all but exhausted, Chanthaburi’s reputation as a gem centre has continued to thrive and this is still one of the most famous places in Thailand to trade in gems (most of them now imported from Sri Lanka and elsewhere), not least because Chanthaburi is as respected a cutting centre as Bangkok, and Thai lapidaries are considered among the most skilled – and affordable – in the world. Chanthaburi is also an exceptionally fertile province, renowned for its abundance of orchards, particularly durian, rambutan and mangosteen, which are celebrated with an annual fruit festival in the town, held in May or June.

Best time to visit

The best time to visit anywhere on the Thai mainland is during the cool season from November to February. However, the rainy season is also a good time to visit, especially in June and July, when the rain is likely to only be for a few hours each day. Rainy season is also a good time for Chanthaburi, because the waterfalls will be much more impressive and swimming in the pools will be more enjoyable.

Check the below table for the general idea of Chanthaburi weather throughout the year.

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 32 25.6 20.4
Feb 31.8 26.6 22.7
Mar 32.2 27.4 23.7
Apr 33 28.1 24.5
May 32.4 28.2 25
Jun 31.4 27.8 24.8
Jul 30.9 27.4 24.7
Aug 31.2 27.3 24.3
Sep 30.7 26.8 24.1
Oct 31.8 26.8 23.3
Nov 32.8 27 22.6
Dec 32.2 25.9 20.7

Chanthaburi’s current weather and 7-day forecast


Fringing the Gulf of Thailand, Chanthaburi is blessed with dense forest, waterfalls and mountains in parks, and sandy beaches lined with coconut trees.

If you're visiting from Bangkok then you've probably had enough of day tours and fancy putting together your own itinerary and taking things at your own pace.

So here is a list of things to do in Chanthaburi that will cost very little.

1. Namtok Phlio National Park

If hiking and nature excite you, you should check out Namtok Phlio National Park. After a short trail through the forest, you will be greeted by the divine waterfalls –  teeming with a species of freshwater fish called soro brook carp.
Take a dip to refresh your mind and body.

Here, you'll find Along Khon Chedi, a pagoda built by King Rama V in 1876; and Pra Nang Ruar Lom, a memorial stupa where the remains of Princess Sunanta Kumari were buried.

2. Khao Khitchakut National Park

Khao Khitchakut National Park is among the smallest national parks in the country is. But small does not mean less amazing.

The park covers vast, rich forestland that is home to a variety of flora and fauna, including wild elephants. The main attraction of the park is Nam Tok Krathing, a waterfall especially magnificent after the rainy season.

Swimming in the pond is allowed, as well as camping in the park.

Head to the top of the hill to see the Kitchakut temple where, according to Thai beliefs, there is an actual footprint of the Lord Buddha.

It is believed that visiting the footprint is to appear before Lord Buddha, and those who make the trek are granted a wish.
Between February and April, people flock to the temple to worship and wish for prosperity.

3. Ao Krating

With a small yet calming beach, Ao Krating is the perfect place to relax.

Take your picnic basket and enjoy the beautiful, unspoiled view.

The beach is lined with tall pine trees so that you can sit comfortably on one of the provided benches or even take a nap without being roasted by the sun.

4. Hat Laem Sing

Another small beach in the area is Hat Laem Sing.

Although not as spectacular as other beaches in Thailand, Laem Sing beach offers a quiet spot for travellers who wish to recharge.

Aside from the beach itself, you can also visit historical sites in the area such as Tuek Daeng (Red Building) near Khuk Khi Kai.

This the site of the Phikhat Patchamit Fort built in the reign of King Rama III – which was subsequently turned into a military command post by the French during the French occupation of Chanthaburi between 1893 and 1903.

Also close by and of interest might be Laem Sing Shipyard, a gem of interest to anyone interested in ancient shipbuilding techniques.

5. Khuk Khi Kai

A lovely seaside spot close to Hat Laem Sing, Khuk Khi Kai was built in the late 1880s to serve as a prison where Thai rebels in the province were taken captive by the French government.

But despite it being a pretty place to take pictures today, it comes with a sad story. Khuk Khi Kai is a square-shaped structure that does not have windows, only holes for ventilation.

The name literally means chicken poop prison.

The first floor of the prison contained Thai rebels of Chanthaburi who rebelled against the French occupation, and the second floor was a large chicken coop.

The grated floor ensured that prisoners were constantly subjected to chicken poop. This was a form of torture for the inmates. The story is not so well known and certainly deserving of its own post.

6. Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

Known to many as the grandest and most beautiful Christian church in Thailand, the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is among the top tourist spots in the city.

It's worth just seeing the splendid Virgin Mary statue outside the building. The statue was given to the church by the community of Christian gem dealers in Chanthaburi.

It's quite unusual to find a church of such stature in Thailand. The Virgin Mary statue can be seen standing in front.

7. Wat Mangkhon Buppharam

Also known as Wat Leng Hua Yi, this Sino-Buddhist temple is highly revered by locals of Chinese decent in Chanthaburi in the same way that Yaowarat’s Wat Leng Noei Yi is an important focal point for the Chinese community in Bangkok.

There are three of these temples in Thailand and the Chanthaburi one, (built in 1977), is perhaps the most stunning.

The art at Wat Leng Hua Yi tells the story of Mahayana Buddhism, the teachings of which came to Thailand centuries ago when Chinese immigrants first began to settle here.

In Chanthaburi, Mahayana Buddhism is as influential as Theravada Buddhism, which dominates in the rest of Thailand.

8. Khung Kraben Bay Royal Development Study Centre

The Khung Kraben Bay Royal Development Study Centre houses, preserves, and protects the mangrove forest that serves as an important source of food for different aquatic creatures.

As an eco-tourism site, this centre offers an opportunity for travellers to learn about the ecosystem and the importance of mangroves. There are canoes available to paddle through the lake.

9. Chao Lao Beach

Close to the Khung Kraben Bay Royal Development Study Centre is Chao Lao beach, so planning to visit these two in a day is possible.

Chao Lao beach offers a low-key tropical experience as it is not as crowded as in other beaches.

Marvel at mother nature while the sun sets in the background, then grab some local Thai food in the evening.

10. Chantaboon Old Town

If you are interested in the history of the places you visit, the Chantaboon Old Town might well be the highlight of your Chanthaburi experience.

Also known as the Chantaboon Waterfront Community, this small, old town is found in the middle of the city by the banks of the Chanthaburi River.

The timeworn structures boast Chinese and Western architectural influences and span wooden homes, temples, and a church.

The town's most famous building is the Baan Luangrajamaitri Historic Inn, a Sino-Portuguese building that was turned into a hotel and museum.

Being a tourist destination, Chanthaburi has accommodation for all traveller types.

Whether you are looking for a budget room with a bed and simple breakfast, or a high-end hotel with a pool, restaurant and all the frills, you won't be short on choice.

Here's some recommended options.

1. Premium Accommodation

Hotel D Varee Diva Rimnaam

This 4-star hotel offers proximity at its finest. It is located near top attractions such as the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Old Town, and Wat Phai Lom.

The hotel offers free Wifi in all rooms and public spaces, and has a swimming pool, fitness centre, garden, and bar and restaurant.

Peggy’s Cove Resort

Situated 25km away from the city centre in a quiet village, Peggy’s Cove Resort offers fantastic facilities and services, including an outdoor pool, hot spring bath, and massage.

Visitors can choose from their 38 rooms, each of which exudes a harmonious and tranquil ambiance.

2. Mid-budget Accommodation

Baan Lug Chang

A hotel in the heart of the city, Baan Lug Chang makes for a comfortable home for when visiting Chanthaburi.
Apart from the usual services offered, expect clean, spacious rooms donned in minimalist design.

Yaibua Hotel

Just 5km away from the city centre, Yaibua provides accessibility to town attractions and facilities. Each bedroom is designed with peaceful ambiance to facilitate an invigorating sleep.

3. Low-Budget Accommodation

Bedgasm Hostel

This budget hostel is conveniently located in the city centre, close to many attractions.

They have private rooms and dormitory rooms.

To ensure a pleasant stay for guests, they have concierge services, Wifi in rooms and public spaces, and a shared lounge area.

Bansabai-Raiwan Resort

Also situated in the centre of the city, Bansabai-Raiwan Resort is another great place to stay at low cost. This hostel offers wireless internet access in all rooms and cable TV in selected rooms.

Speaking about Food, Chanthaburi is one of the best in Thailand. Your meals here will be filled with fresh Seafood, sweet seasonal fruits and other tempting local dishes. Let‘s explore them together!

1.Jae Pen Yentafo

Let’s begin with Jae Pen Yentafo, a noodle Restaurant that tells a story of Chanthaburi’s famous seaFood, cooked with legendary delicious taste, served in a bowl of Yentafo noodles. Jae Pen’s Yentafo is popular not only among tourists but also among local people. Because this store offers a full range of crabs and mantis with option of dry or with a tasty and savory soup. Good food comes with a good price, you can order a bowl of Yentafo fulled of Seafood with a price started at only 100 baht.

Recommended Menu: Yentafo or Pink Seafood Noodles, Crab, Mantis shrimp. 

Opening daily 10:00 AM-4:00 PM

2. Mae Aroon Sri Restaurant

If you want to enjoy fresh seaFood and mountain view at the same time, Mae Aroon Sri Restaurant is where you are looking for. Come taste its tempting recommended dish: Stir-fried crab meat with ricein comfortable ambience of this medium-size and budget-friendly restaurant. The restaurant is easy to find and their food is easy to fall in love with.

Recommended Menu: Stir-fried Crab Meat with Rice. 

Opening Time: Daily, 08:30 AM-8:00 PM

3. Genghiskhan BBQ & Grill Restaurant

Genghiskhan BBQ & Grillis a small but comfy Restaurant. The place may look simple but the taste is definitely not.Its famous grilled pork smells heavenly because of natural charcoal grilled pan. You can enjoy not only pork but also best quality seaFood and fresh vegetable. The grilled pork best suits with salted fried rice and the restaurant’s typical savory sauce topped with sesame. With the budget-friendly price, this place is highly recommended! 

Recommended Menu: Grilled Pork with Salted Fried Rice. 

Opening Time: Daily (Closed on the 3rd Monday of every month), 12:00 PM-9:30 PM

4. Chan Pochana Restaurant

You cannot leave Chanthaburi without dining at this place. Chan Pochana Restaurant offers dishes with authentic and unique flavor of Chanthaburi. Their specialties are Pork Stew with Cha Muang Leaves, Stir Fried Rice Noodle with Crab Meat, Durian Thai Salad (Som Tam),Katurai Chilli Soup,Mangosteen Spicy Salad, Massaman Curry with Durian and Coconut Milk Ice Cream with Malva Nut Jelly. You will be amazed how appetizing these local dishes are!

Recommended Menu: Pork Stew with Cha Muang Leaves, Stir Fried Rice Noodle with Crab Meat. 

Opening Time: Daily, 10:00 AM-10:00 PM

5. Yai Li’s Khanom Kuay Ling (Khanom Plaek Community at Klong Nong Bua Canalside)

When it comes to local dessert, we recommend Khanom Kuay Ling (Kuay Ling means a monkey’s penis). The name sounds bizarre but you can be sure that the taste is not. This home-made dessert is made from Yai Li’s recipe of glutinous rice with coconut and sugar cane. This unique recipe has been popular for ten generations and can be found only at Khanom Plaek (meaning unusual snacks) Community at Klong Nong Bua Canalside.

Recommended Menu: Khanom Kuay Ling

Opening time: Saturdays and Sundays, 09:00 AM-5:00 PM

6. Namphu Night Market

Our journey ends at Namphu (or Fountain) night market. It can be easily noticed by a big fountain in the middle of the roundabout. This place starts off with fresh market in the morning and turns into a lively night market after Sunset. You will enjoy Shopping among local people and tourists bustling around as there are so many shops and various kinds of tasty Food and snacks.

Recommended Menu: Grilled Squid at Thongchai’s, Chanthaburian Noodles, Fried Rice with Thai Seafood Sauce. 

Opening time: Saturdays and Sundays, 5:00 PM-9:00 PM

How to Get to Chanthaburi

Chanthaburi is approximately 250km from Bangkok.

If you are planning to cross borders to Cambodia, it is worth travelling through Chanthaburi is as it's just under 60km from the Ban Pakard/Phsa Prum border.

There are no trains to Chanthaburi, and the nearest airport is in Trat. Trat airport is another 66km away from the city centre, so you would still need to do an hour's taxi ride.

One option is to grab a taxi from Bangkok, but it will cost you around 5,000 Baht ($150).

Via Bus or Minivan

By far the cheapest option to get from Bangkok to Chanthaburi is by bus or minivan.

The majority depart from the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekkamai) located along Sukhumvit Road in Bangkok. This is also where you would board a bus going to Pattaya, Koh Chang, Koh Samet, and other eastern destinations.

Several buses and minivans also depart from the Northern Terminal (Mochit).

You can choose from two types of buses available at Eastern Terminal:

  • First-class air-conditioned bus: This type offers a direct transport service to Chanthaburi or any other destination specified (such as Pattaya or Trat).
  • Second-class air-conditioned bus: This bus type typically makes frequent stops along the way to pick up passengers. Consequently, the travel time on a second-class bus is longer than in the first-class.

Upon entering the terminal, you will see rows of ticket counters for different operators. The routes and schedules, along with ticket prices, are shown on the counter windows, so checking and comparing them is straightforward.

A minivan, which carries fewer people and is faster, will cost around 600 Baht ($18). You might do better to get the bus or a taxi, as minivans can be dangerous. Drivers on schedules, overworked and tired, tend to drive too fast.

You can catch a bus or minivan to Chanthaburi every two hours from 5:30 AM to 5 PM. Expect to pay around $7-8 for your ticket. Journey time will be at least 4 hours.

Although buses to Chanthaburi are frequent, booking a ticket in advance is ideal during holidays and peak season.

We recommend you check the latest bus schedule and price via

Getting Around Chanthaburi

Chanthaburi is generally a very walkable city.

The majority of tourist spots that peak your interest can be covered by foot.

Thailand can be super hot and humid, though. So no doubt you will want a ride occasionally.

  • Motorbike taxi: You can find motorbike taxis and songthaews almost everywhere. They are regularly parked at the bus terminal and in front of the Thetsaban Market. Fares within town vary, but should be within the range of 20-75 Baht for local trips.
  • Songthaew: Fares for songthaews are usually 20-40 Baht per person, but can be negotiated with the driver if it's a long way.

Going to places outside the city centre, Songthaew travel is far more expensive:

  • For round trips, prepare to pay around 500 Baht to Nam Tok Phlio, 800 Baht to Laem Singh, and 1,000 Baht to Khao Kitchakut or Chao Lao. Most hotels and hostels will arrange songthaew services for you.
  • Moped: As always, moped rental is a popular way to get around Chanthaburi. You can rent one for around 200 Baht ($6).

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International travelers to Thailand will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination or ATK test results from October 1st, 2022 onward.

In a new move to attract travelers during peak season, Thailand is doing away with the requirement of needing vaccination certificates or Covid-19 negative results in the case of unvaccinated passengers. Additionally, those infected with Covid-19, but have mild symptoms don’t need to isolate from next month. The same applies to those who test positive but display no symptoms.

Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul announced these changes on Thursday after the National Communicable Diseases Committee (NCDC) had a meeting on Wednesday.

Instead of isolating those who have contracted the disease would be required to wear a mask, socially distance themselves from others and wash their hands frequently for the first five days. They also need to stay away from those who are immunocompromised and vulnerable.

Dr. Sophon Iamsirithaworn, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, informed that since the present Covid-19 mutation doesn’t cause serious symptoms in most people, disease control measures can be relaxed.

National Security Council secretary-general Supoj Malaniyom added that the new measures are being put in place to help improve the economic conditions of the country.

“The primary aim will be to ensure the economy is back on track so people could earn their livelihoods once more,” he said.


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