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Chanthaburi Province
Introduction
Chanthaburi is a province on the eastern region of Thailand, located about 245 kilometres from Bangkok. The province famous for its abundance of tropical fruits and as a centre of gem mining, especially rubies and sapphires; Chanthaburi is also blessed with rich, verdant forests with scenic waterfalls. The River flows through the town which has been the home of ancient communities. Quiet fishing villages and peaceful beaches are not far from town.

Chanthaburi was occupied by the French during the early part of the 20th century. Their influence can be seen in the architecture of many buildings including the largest Catholic cathedral in Thailand, catering to a sizeable Christian population.

It covers a total land and marine area of 6,338 square kilometers or 3,961,250 rais and divides the administration area into 10 districts, namely, Mueang Chanthaburi, Makham, Tha Mai, Khlung, Khao Khitchakut, Laem Sing, Na Yai Am, Pong Nam Ron Soi Dao and Kang Hang Maeo.
Borders
North : Sakao, Chachoengsao South : Gulf of Thailand
East : Trat and Border Cambodia West : Rayong
Distance
Distances to Other Provinces
Trat 70 km Pattaya 135 km
Rayong 110 km    

Distances from Mueang District to Other Districts
Makham 12 km Na Yai Am 40 km
Tha Mai 17 km Pong Nam Ron 42 km
Khlung 24 km Soi Dao 72 Km
Khao Khitchakut 30 km Kaeng Hang Maeo 78 Km
Laem Sing 34 km    
Festivals & Events
Phra Phutthabat Phluang Homage-paying Fair
When: January - March
Where: Makham District
This annual fair is held on the new Mun day of the 2nd lunar month during the period of the Chinese New Year to Magha Puja Day (around January - March) on top of Khao Khitchakut, Makham District. The fair features an offering ceremony to guardian angels, gilding the Lord Buddha's footprint, and climbing up Khao Khitchakut. The tradition has been observed for generations out of a folk belief that climbers will gain high merit, in addition, to mental endurance from so doing. In the past, merit-makers had to walk on foot for a distance of some 15 Kilometres up the mountain.
Chanthaburi Fruit Fair
When: May - June
Where: Chanthaburi Town
This annual fair is held in the provincial capital, usually held during the middle of May, to celebrate the abundance of Chanthaburi fresh fruits such as Rambutan, Durian, Mangosteen Wollongong and Zalacca, then at their peak of succulent ripeness. The festival is coloured by fruit floats, fruit quality contest, beauty pageant, jewelry and OTOP (One Tambon One Product) bazaar. Besides stalls selling the produce of surrounding orchard, there are cultural show and exhibitions of provincial handicrafts.
World Durian Festival
When: June
Where: Thung Na Choei Public Park and Provincial Stadium, Mueang District
Chanthaburi is one of several provinces famous for producing durian. Every year around June, full of durian are selling at the fruit stalls. World Durian Festival usually held for 1-2 weeks in the month of June. The festival launched to promote "Chanthaburi is a Paradise of tropical Fruits". The fair features contests of fruit decorated floats, beauty queens, Eastern famous fruits such as Rambutan, Durian, Mangosteen, Rakam and Sala Zalaccas and varieties of santol and Thai ridgeback dog, as well as booth displays of gems and jewellery and other farmer housewife groups.
Kao Soi Dao Touring Festival
When: November - December
Where: View point of Soi Dao Mountain, Soi Dao District
This festival is held in the late of every year at the view point of Soi Dao local government office and at Soi Dao preserving area. The festival features agricultural products, premium pepper, OTOP (One Tambon One Product) and Red Cross trade fair. And they also have traditional show, bicycle racing, marathon, and local fruit shops to entertain you.
Chanthaburi Gemstone and Local Product Fair
When: December
Where: Chanthaburi Gems Centre, Mueang District
This fair is the largest jewellery fair in the eastern region, held in every year around December at Chanthaburi Gems Centre on Tri Rat and Chanthanimit roads. The fair features booth displays of gems and jewellery which one of the province's renowned economic products including elaborately cut gemstones by experienced craftsmen.
King Taksin Commemorative Fair
When: December - January
Where: Provincial Stadium, Mueang District
King Taksin Commemorative Fair is held in the late of every year until the first week of January, to commemorate to the King Taksin's who divine grace in fighting for freedom of Thai people. The fair will feature exhibitions by public agencies, booth display of the province's local products, and Miss Chanthaburi Beauty Pageant.
 
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