Chanthaburi Attractions, Attractions in Chanthaburi, what to do in Chanthaburi, Chanthaburi Sightseeing

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Chantaburi Attractions
Historical Sites
Khai Noen Wong
Location : Mueang District
Khai Noen Wong
Khai Noen Wong
Khai Noen Wong or Noen Wong Fortress is the ancient site, located at Bang Kacha, Mueang District, about 8 km outside the city on highway no. 3147. Khai Noen Wong was established as the town in circa 1834 during the reign of King Rama III. The town was moved from Ban Lum to this location because of its high grounds which were more suitable for defensive purposes against the invading Vietnamese. The laterite walls and bricks from the old town were also dismantled and moved to the new site. A serve drought during the reign of King Rama V forced its return to the original site at Ban Lum. The old town at Khai Noen Wong was square-shaped with extensive laterite walls mounted with large cannons.

Each side had its own ramparts and defensive moats. It was regarded as a powerful military camp of the time. The town's principal temple was Wat Yothanimit. Soon to be established as a national maritime museum, the Underwater Archaeological Office is located within Khai Noen Wong specialising in exhibits on Thailands merchant marine and items discovered from underwater archaeological explorations from all over the country. There are also exhibits of ancient sailing routes and products. An exhibition chamber deals with the history and culture of the people of Chanthaburi
Opening Hours : 09:00 am. - 04:00 pm.
Khuk Khi Kai
Location : Laem Sing
The notorious Khuk Khi Kai or Chicken Drops Jail, located just before Laem Sing beach. The ancient prison was established in 1893 to hold Thais who were against the French occupation of Chanthaburi. A 7-metre high, square-shaped prison, it was built in bricks with each side measuring 4.40 metres. The walls were holed for ventilation. The porous roof is said to have been used as chicken coop through which the birds dropped their excrements.
Tuk Daeng
Location : Laem Sing
Tuk Daeng or Red Building is located about 30 kilometre from Chanthaburi near Laem Singha beach. The building was created by French army. Tuk Daeng is a single storey building size 7 X 32 m which built in brick, plaster and painted in red, five rooms with connecting doors and a corridor on each side. Bricks came from Pikardsuuk Fortress. It was used as a guard house for French officers. Now became a school library and registered a historic place in 2528 B.E.
Opening Hours : 09:00 am. - 05:00 pm.
Religious Sites
The Catholic Church
Location : Mueang District
Catholic Church
The Catholic Church
The Catholic Church was built in the reign of King Chulalongkorn since 1909 which is the largest Catholic edifice in Thailand. The Church is located on Chanthanimit Road on the left bank of the Chanthaburi River.

According to history, the construction of this old and large Catholic Church took 275 years to complete. It was inspired by Gothic architecture with beautiful stained glass decorations depicting Christian saints. The interior of the church is painted in grey colors that beautifully blend with orange brick-made arches and pillars.

How to get there
The Catholic Church located about 1 Kilometres from the Chanthaburi city, cross the Wat Chan Bridge and continue on Chanthanimit Road before turning right to the church.
Opening Hours : Daily from 06:00 am. - 06:00 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 3931 1578
Wat Phlup
Location : Mueang District
Wat Phlup is the oldest temple in Chanthaburi which was built more than 250 years during the late Ayutthaya period. The temple located at Bang Kacha to the southwest of town which it was the site of an old community. Special features are two ancient pagodas of different styles and an old Thai wooden pavilion. The vicinity is an archaeological site where remains of many old vessels have been found.
Wat Thong Thua
Location : Mueang District
Wat Thong Thua is located about 4 kilometers outside the city on Sukhumvit Highway. It is the site of an ancient Ubosot contains a beautiful statue of Luang Phor Thong which was built over a Khmer-style temple. It also has a large collection of ancient Khmer sculptures such as lintels, sandstone door columns carve in various designs and inscription stone.

Nearby is the Muang Phaniat archaeological site with its remains of laterite base of a large Khmer religious sanctuary and moats marking the town limit the south. The ancient town is believed to have been dated from the 12 - 16th the centuries B.E. (Buddhist Era).
Wat Khao Sukim
Location : Tha Mai District
Wat Khao Sukim located in a nice location high up on the hill about 20 kilometers north of Chanthaburi town and covering an area of 1,320 acres. It's was built in 1966 by devout Buddhists who had faith in Phra Achan Somchai Thitawiriyo. The objective of the temple is to be used as a meditation venue. The expansive temple compound offers a peaceful haven surrounded by shady orchards. The temple also houses a large collection of religious items and valuable antiques donated by the public. On display are wax sculptures of over twenty Buddhist monks highly revered by the public.

In the temples newly built Ubosot (ceremonial hall), mural painting created by Chakrabhand Posayakrit, National Thai Artist in Painting of the year 2000, can be appreciated.

How to get there
The temple is near Khao Khitchakut National Park, 20 kilometres from downtown Chanthaburi and can be reached through three accesses branching off Sukhumvit Road (Highway No. 3) at Km. 305 (Ban Huai Sathon) or at Km. 324 (Khao Rai Ya intersection)
Wat Mangkon Buppharam
Location : Laem Sing District
Wat Mangkon Buppharam
Wat Mangkon Buppharam
Wat Mangkon Buppharam or Leng Hua Yi is a temple in Chinese architectural style and its considered as another branch of Leng Nuey Yi, the most important Chinese Buddhist temple in Bangkok. There are two octagon halls on both sides of the entrance. There is also a reception hall and ordination hall, decorated with mosaics in different beautiful patterns.

Inside the hall is the home of Buddha ranging from Phra Sagayamuni (Seggiamonihook as in Chinese), Phra Amitabuddha (Ormitohook as in Chinese), Phra Paisatchayabuddha (Earsuehook as in Chinese), and Buddhist saints starting from Phra Mahagassapadhera (Giahiajoonjia as in Chinese), Phra Anon (Ornangtorjoonjia as in Chinese), all of which are coated with gold leaves. This Chinese temple was built according to the Mahayana sect. that was founded in 2520 B.E.

How to get there
The temple located on Sukhumvit Road at Km. 345 about 12 Kms away from town and close to Phlio Waterfall.
Monuments
Taksin Maharat Memorial
Location : Mueang District
King Taksin Maharat Memorial
Taksin Maharat Shrine
The Taksin Maharat Memorial is located in the public park near the town hall on Liap Noen Road. The Taksin Maharat memorial was built to commemorate Taksin the Great King’s liberation at Chanthaburi. The equestrian statue is guarded by statues of his four royal guards. The expression on the kings face clearly shows the resoluteness and determination to carry out the task of restoring the national independence. The large pond in the park serves as a popular recreation area and is stocked with a large variety of fish
Museums
Chanthaburi Cultural Centre
Location : Mueang District
Chanthaburi Cultural Centre located within the grounds of The Rambhai Barni Rajabhat Institute about 6 kilometers from Chanthaburi town. There are many interesting place to visit, especially the main Villa or Thao Villa, A two-storey building was built with part-concrete and part-timber of the European style and painted in gray tone is constructed of the golden teak.

In the area of Wang Suan Ban Kaeo used to be the residence of the late Queen Rambhai Barni, royal consort of King Rama VII. It also served as the Queen’s office and demonstration centre where plants were grown and animals raised for the local people. Today, the palace houses her personal effects and products made from the Kok reeds and Chanthabun mats of lovely patterns
King Taksin The Great Shipyard
Location : Mueang District
King Taksin The Great Shipyard located at Samet Ngam village on the south side of Chanthaburi town. The vicinity is also dotted with a number of square-shaped basins along the shore indicating they might have been a boat-building site. It is believed that the forces of King Taksin constructed their war vessels around here in preparation to liberating Ayutthaya after its fall.

How to get there
The Monument is located about 8 kilometers to the southwest of the provincial town, follow the highway no. 3146 approximately 3 km, then extract the right into a Samet Ngam village 5 kilometers.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08:00 am. - 04:00 pm.
The National Maritime Museum Chanthaburi
Location : Mueang District
A national maritime museum situated within Khai Noen Wong, opposites None Wong historic Camp. It’s a twin building with six floors and only the first museum to house thousands of undersea artifacts. The museum showcases a veritable collection of scale models of Asian seafaring vessels used for training, including an in-house recontruction of Bangkachai II shipwreck found near Chanthaburi coast. It also hosts a vast amount of maritime artefacts, including an open storage of ceramic artefacts seized from a treasure hunter in the Gulf of Thailand, providing a venue for practical ceramic investigation class.
Opening Hours : Wed - Sun 09:00 am. - 04:00 pm. (Close on Mon - Tue and Public Holiday)
Opening Hours : Tel. 0 3939 1431 - 3
Natural Attractions
Chao Lao Beach
Location : Tha Mai District
Laem Sing Beach
Laem Sing Beach
Chao Lao Beach is the most beautiful beach suitable for swimming and enjoy a variety of water sports and boat trips. It's located in Tha Mai district, about 30 kilometers from the town. Chao Lao beach is said to be the most beautiful beach of Chanthaburi. The reddish sandy beach contrasts sharply with the clear blue sea. About one kilometer off shore from this beach is ranges of shallow water coral reefs. There are accommodation facilities for tourists, particularly at Chao Lao Beach where there are several hotels and bungalows to choose from.

How to get there
From Bangkok, turn left from Sukhumvit Road at Km. 301 and turn right to highway no 3399 and drive along the main road about 17 kilometers to Chao Lao Beach. The total distance is 20 km from Chanthaburi town.
Khung Kraben Beach
Location : Tha Mai District
Khung Kraben Beach suited with in Ao Khung Kraben Development Study Center under the advice of His Majesty, its has the area about 4,000 rai. The beach has white sand and is a shady beach that is connected to Laem Sadet. Here is the plentifully nursery of sea animals which will return to the nature for balancing ecology. There are four types of forest within the area; namely, dry evergreen forest, mixed deciduous forest, beach forest and mangrove forest.

How to get there
From Bangkok, turn left from Sukhumvit Road at Km. 301 - 302 and turn right at the Nong Si-nga Junction and drive along the main road about 27 kilometers. Then turn left at the junction cross the way to Khung Wiman and go straight to Ao Khung Kraben Development Study Center.
Laem Sadet Beach
Location : Tha Mai District
Laem Sadet Beach has a white sandy beaches and peaceful beach suitable for camping. The beach is connected to Ao Khung Kraben Development Study Center, it is resourceful area of marshland with plenty of small marine animals their home. This area used to be located of Kung Krabaen Bay Royal Development Center.

How to get there
Laem Sadet Beach located 25 km. form Chanthaburi in Tha Mai district. Follow Tha Mai - Ban Moo Dud road.
Khao Phrabat
Location : Khao Khitchakut District
kratin wildlife
Khao Phrabat
Khao Phrabat is a peak of the Khitchakut Range, the top point of mountain is about 1,085 metres above sea level. It's a pleasant place to visit which nestled in a lush mountain landscape that offers breathtaking scenery around the area. Interesting spots on top of Khao Phrabat are formed by geological phenomena and related to Buddhist legends such as Sila Chedi, the Buddha's footprint, stone in the shape of an overturned alms bowl, Tham Ruesi or hermit cave, God Indra's carriage racing ground, and stones in the shape of a giant turtle and elephant. There is a 2 month window from mid January.

How to get there
Khao Phrabat suited 30 kilometres north of Chanthaburi on highway no. 3249 and look for the signs to the park.
Administered by : Khao Khitchakut National Park
Contact : Tel. 0 3945 2074
Ao Yang Beach
Location : Laem Sing District
Ao Yang beach is a small cool and shady beach which located just 2 kilometres before Khao Laem Sing Forest Park. There are accommodation facilities and good sea food restaurants enough for tourists. Other nearby peaceful beaches in Tha Mai district are Khung Wiman Beach, Khung Kraben Beach, Laem Sadet Beach and Chao Lao Beach. There are accommodation facilities, particularly at Chao Lao Beach where there are several hotels and bungalows to choose from. About one kilometre off shore from Chao Lao Beach are ranges of shallow water coral reefs covering an area of 14 square kilometres. Glass-bottomed boats are available. Over at Khung Kraben Bay are nature trails to study mangrove areas.

How to get there
Ao Yang Beach located at Km. 310 of Highway No. 3 is a right turn into Highway No. 3399 which leads to the area about 30 kilometres from town. Or one can proceed from Tha Mai district on the route passing through Wang Tanot dam.
Laem Sing Beach
Location : Laem Sing District
Laem Sing (also known as Sing Cape) is one of the most beautiful and popular beach which away from Oasis Sea World just a few minute. The beach itself is shaded with pine trees lining the entire shore and cooled by constant gentle breezes. There are food shops and boats for rent to visit two nearby isles, Chula Island and Nom Sao Island for fishing trip or explore local coastline. The trip takes 30 minutes and one hour respectively.

How to get there
Laem Sing is about 30 kilometres from town and can be reached via Sukhumvit Road on the way to Trat Province, turn right at Km. 347, a further distance of 16 kilometres to the beach.
Khao Laem Sing Forest Park
Location : Laem Sing District
Khao Laem Sing Forest Park located on the east of the mouth of the Chanthaburi River. It has a small hill jutting out into the sea which looks like a sprawling lion; some areas are beaches, islands such as Nomsao Island and Chula Island. It is mangrove forest on the mountains high 0-172 metres above the sea. It covers a total land and marine area of 9,500 rai, including dry evergreen forest and beach forest which are home to important flora such as eaglewood, Krabok, queen’s flower, jambolan, Tin Pet, and fauna such as crab-eating macaque, lesser mouse deer, red-cheeked flying squirrel, red jungle fowl and birds. Marine life can be found on beaches and islands. Camping is allowed on application.

How to get there
Route 1
Khao Laem Sing Forest Park is about 30 kilometres from town and can be reached via Sukhumvit Road on the way to Trat Province with a right turn at Km. 347, a further distance of 16 kilometres to the beach.
Route 2
Using the Tha Mai-Bang Kachai route cars can easily access the Khao Laem Sing Forest Park, some 25 kilometres from Tha Mai. The route passes through Wat Khao Laem Sing right up to the park headquarters on a hill.
Route 3
Visitors can charter a boat from Laem Sing beach to Ao Krathing Beach, just 400 metres away, and walk up to the park.
Khung Wiman Beach
Location : Na Yai Am District
Chao Lao Beach
Chao Lao Beach
Khung Wiman Beach is one of the most beautiful scenic places for relaxing. The beach has amazing beachside road running along the gulf of Thailand. It is a long stretch of sandy beach with seaside and hotels in Khung Wiman beach are available. There is only one resort and a few restaurants on the beach to satisfy visitors. The best period for visiting is during November - May.

How to get there
From Bangkok, turn left from Sukhumvit Road at Km. 301 - 302 and turn right at the Nong Si-nga Junction and drive along the main road about 27 kilometers. Then turn left at the junction cross the way to Khung Wiman. The total distance is 50 km from Chanthaburi town.
Other Attractions
Si Chan Road (Gems Market)
Location : Mueang District
Si Chan Road (Gems Market)
Si Chan Road
Chanthaburi is known as centre of world gems and gems cutting. The Gems Roads is also known 'Talad Ploy' which located in Sri Chan Road. The roads is center of gems Business and the largest gems market in the country, are very bustling, in particular on Friday and weekends when both Thai and international gems traders. Even though actual gem-mining in the province is not as extensively as it used to be, Chanthaburi remains a major center for gem dealings with stones from neighboring countries and abroad being bought and sold.
Opening Hours : Daily from 10:00 am. - 03:00 pm.
The Chamsom Crocodile Farm and Zoo
Location : Mueang District
Chamsom Crocodile Farm and Zoo suite at Baan Chamsom, 11 kilometres from Chanthaburi town. The zoo has over 1,000 crocodiles of different species as well as other animals. The facility is surrounded by fruit orchards such as Durian, Rambutan, Mangoesteen and Santol.

How to get threr
From Sukhumvit Road, turn left at Km. 324 (Khao Rai Ya intersection) then turn left and proceed on for a further 4 kilometers.
Opening Hours : Daily from 08:30 am. - 05:30 pm.
: Crocodie shows 11:00 am. and 03:00 pm. (Saturday and Sunday)
: Elephant shows 12:00 am. and 04:00 pm. (Saturday and Sunday)
Contact Tel. 0 3931 2399, 0 3937 3256 - 7
Chanthaburi Horticultural Research Centree
Location : Khlung District
Chanthaburi Horticultural Research Centre is one of the most attractive tourist-oriented agriculture in Chanthaburi, located about 21 kilometres from the town centre. It's covering an area of 280 rais; in its large area are various plantations such as durian, mangosteen, rambutan and a variety of herbs and spices. The centre is opened for group visitors (more than 10 people).
Contact : Tel. 0 3939 7030
Oasis Sea World
Location : Laem Sing District
Oasis Sea World
Oasis Sea World
Oasis Sea World is located about 25 kilometers from town, just before Laem Sing beach. The Oasis Sea World has been attracting visitors who delight in watching the exciting dolphin shows. It's covers a total area of more than 68 rai. There are 2 main basins for the dolphins, the first is used for dolphin nursery and the second is dolphin training center. Just before Laem Sing beach is the Oasis Sea World, which attracts visitors who delight in watching the exciting dolphin shows. Also on hand are butterfly farm and other animals. The dolphins are mainly those accidentally caught in fishermans nets in the Gulf of Thailand. Trained by Thai experts, they are now capable of showing off their high degree of ability.

How to get there
From town can be reached via Sukhumvit Road on the way to Trat Province, passing the entrance of Phiu Waterfall until reaching km. 348. Make a right turn and drive along Highway no. 3149 for 12 kilometers. There is a sign on the right, addressing the direction to OASIS World which is only 1 kilometers away.
Opening Hours : Daily from 09:00 am. - 16:00 pm.
  Show time : 09:00 am., 11:00 am., 01:00 am., 03:00 pm. and 05:00 pm.
  Swimming with dolphins times: 09:45 am., 11:45 am., 01:45 pm. and 03:45 pm.
Contact : Tel. 0 3936 3238 - 9