Chanthaburi, commonly called Muang Chan, is another major eastern seaside province which has, played an important role in the history of the nation both before and during the Rattanakosin (Bangkok) Period. It is wealthy and rich in natural resources. Particularly gemsin addition to the plentiful field of tropical fruits including Rambutan, Durian, Mangosteen and Langsad. Products from the seas are also extensive. It is also blessed with natural beauties and attractions equal to any sister provinces. Chanthaburi is about 245 kilometers from Bangkok and 110 kilometers from Rayong.

Getting there

By Car

  1. Bangkok-Chonburi-Pattaya-Ban Chang-Rayong- Chanthaburi (Sukhumvit No.3) 291 kms.
  2. Bangkok-Chonburi-Sriracha-Rayong- Chanthaburi (Highway No.36) 254 kms.
  3. Bangkok-Chonburi-Klaeng- Chanthaburi (Highway No.344) 245 kms.

By Bus
Bangkok-Chanthaburi ( Ekamai Bus Terminal)

Both air and non air-conditioned buses leave from the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) The rare non air-conditioned buses cost 93 Baht. Air-conditioned bused leave every hour, starting from 05.00-24.00 hrs. The fare is 130 Baht (Tel. 02-3912504, 3918097)

Bangkok-Chanthaburi ( Morchit Bus Terminal )
Air conditioned buses from Morchit Bus Terminal leave Bangkok at 07.30 a.m., 08.30 a.m., 02.30 p.m. and 05.30 p.m., and from Chanthaburi at 09.00 a.m. and 03.45 p.m. One way fare is 135 Baht. The trip takes about 3.10 hours.

Local Transport

  1. Chanthaburi-Makham-Ban Ang 21 kms. Leave from Sui Siriphan Market, Starting from 07.00-16.00 hrs. Fare is 5-20 Baht
  2. Chanthaburi-Nong Bua 12 kms. Leave from Sui Siriphan Market, Starting from 06.00-18.00 hrs. Fare is 7 Baht
  3. Chanthaburi-Nong Sim 30 kms. Leave from Nam Phu Market, Starting from 07.00-18.00 hrs. Fare is 7 Baht
  4. Chanthaburi-Patong 70 kms. Leave from Kasemsarn Bowl, Starting from 05.00-19.00 hrs. Fare is 20 Baht
  5. Chanthaburi-Tha Chalab 12 kms. Leave from Nam Phu Market, Starting from 06.00-18.00 hrs. Fare is 10 Baht

Festivals & Events

Chanthaburi Fruit Fair
This annual fair is held in the provincial capital, usually during the middle of May, to celebrate the abundance of such local fruits as rambutan, durian, mangosteen and zalacca, then at their peak of succulent ripeness. Besides stalls selling the produce of surrounding orchard, there are cultural show and exhibitions of provincial handicrafts.

Chak Phra Bat
This is another traditional event which is held during the Songkran Festival in April at Wat Taphon Yai in Khlung district. A fair established more than a century ago, it involves paying respects to the elderly by sprinkling scented water over their hands, and the exciting tug of war by carts.

Information provided by Tourism Authority of Thailand

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