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.
||: Sakao, Chachoengsao
||: Gulf of Thailand
||: Trat and Border Cambodia
|Distances from Mueang District to Other Districts
||Na Yai Am
||Pong Nam Ron
||Kaeng Hang Maeo
Festivals & Events
Phra Phutthabat Phluang Homage-paying Fair
: January - March
: 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
: May - June
: 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
: 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
: November - December
: 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
: 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
: December - January
: 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