Chumphon province is located in the most
upper part of the Southern region. Following the Highway No.4,
it is approximately 463 kilometers from Bangkok or about 476
kilometers by railroad. The total area of Chumphon is about 6,009
square kilometers, the fourth largest province of the South.
province is divided into 8 Districts, 70 Tambons, and 655 villages.
Considering the administrative area, there are 2 municipal
areas 12 Sanitary areas and 66 Sub-district Administration
Organization The boundary to the north is Prachuap Khiri Khan, to
the south is Surat Thani. The Gulf of Thailand situates on the east,
while the west are the Union of Myanmar and Ranong. The shape of the
province is long and narrow, the west consisted of mountains which
are also the natural international boundary. The plain area
which is suitable for farming is in the central part. The east
of Chumphon consist of 222 kilometers long coastal with beaches.
Raining season in Chumphon is relatively long, last from May to
November. The temperature is not too high in summer and not
too low in winter as well.
June 1997 the population residing in Chumphon is 444,820; 222,865
are male and 217,955 are female. The population density is 72
per square kilometer. The highest population was found
in Chumphon district while the lowest are is in Patao district.
About 15.47% of total population live in the urban areas 65.41% are
over 13 years old with 52.78% of labour force and 2.13% of
unemployed persons. The minimum wage in Chumphon is 130 Baht
In 1996, it is found that 55.38% of
total area is cultivated land, 19% are under forest and 41.68%
are under residential land.
There are several natural beauty both inland and coastline,
including beaches, islands, national parks and mountains.
Basically, most natural places still keep their original charm and
this strong point should be
How to get there
The journey takes about 8 hours.
- Fast trains and express trains to
Chumphon leave from Hualamphong Station, Bangkok every.
For further details call Bangkok 2237010 and 2237020 and Chumphon
- Diesel trains to Chumphon leave
from Bangkok Noi Station, Thonburi. For further details call
Coach Service : The journey takes about 6 hours.
- The fare for air-conditioned
coaches 202 Baht
- Chok Anan Tour Tel. Bangkok
4355027-9, Chumphon Station Tel. (077) 511480
- Suwannathee Tour Tel.Bangkok
4355026, Chumphon Station Tel. (077) 511422.
- Ordinary Bus Service :
The fare is 112 Baht.
You can catch the bus at the Southern
Bus Station, Tel. 4110111. Buses to Chumphon leave from this
station everyday. Buses to Bangkok leave from Chumphon Bus
Station, Tha Taphao, Tel. (077) 502725
Motorists can get there easily Drive along King RAMA 2
Highway for about 463 kilometers. Then, turn into Highway No. 4 and
drive pass Phetchaburi Province and Prachuap Khiri Khan Province
until you come to Pathomphorn Intersection. After that turn
left into Chumphon city center and carry on for about 8 more
kilometers. For your own convenience, we give the following 3 - 4
possible routes for the journey to Chumphon :
1 : Depart from Bangkok in
the morning. Have lunch in Muang District. Go to pay respect to
Sadej Nai Krom Luang Chumphorn at Ree Beach. Sight-seeing at Thoung
Makham Bay and Chao Muang Hill. Pay, respect to the City Guardian
Angel Shrine and Luang Poo Sonk at Chaofah Sala Loy Temple. Swim in
the sea and stay the night at Thung Wua laen Beach, Pa Thiew
District. Visit Rub Ror Cave in the morning. Stop to pay respect to
Phor Ta Hin Charng Shrine and return to Bangkok.
: Depart from Bangkok at
night. Have breakfast at Lang Suan District. Visit Khor Khao Beach.
Pay respect to Kuan Im the Goddess of Mercy. Visit Khao Kriab Cave.
Have pig's Knuckles at Nok Noi Restaurant, Lamae District. Visit hot
spa, Khao Phlu Cave. Visit Tawan Chai Beach. Stay the night at Lang
Suan District. Visit Pa Toh District. Visit Haew Loam Waterfall.
Visit Kaeng Bokfai. Return to Bangkok.
3 : Depart from Bangkok in
the morning. Have lunch in Muang District. Pay respect to the City
Guard-ian Angel Shrine. Pay respect to Luang Poo Sonk at Chaofah
Sala Loy Temple. Visit Sawee District and Thum Khawan Muang
Temple, Phra Thart Sawee Temple. Visit Thung Tako District and
Arunothai Beach. Pay respect to Krom Luang Chumphon. Stay the night
at a resort near Arunothai Beach. Stop to buy fresh fruit and jam at
the local product center on the Highway, Sawee District. Return to
: Depart from Bangkok at night. Have breakfast at Thung Wua
Laen Bay. Boat trip to see the islands and rocks in Chumphon Bay.
Diving to see coral, sea flowers and other marine lives around
Jorakhey, Ngam Yai, Ngam Noi and Thalu Islands. Stop to have dinner
and stay the night at Matra Island. Go angling or catching
cuttlefish. Have breakfast at Matra Island. Visit Ree Beach. Pay
respect to Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak. Return to Bangkok.
Festivals & Events
Effigy Procession and Boat Race in Lang Suan District.
A tradition of Lang Suan District which is over a 100 years old.
It is believed that on the 1st night of the waning moon
in the 11th month the Lord Buddha returns to Sungkassa in
India from heaven. Many Buddhists therefore go to receive him.
The most convenient form of journey during that time was by
boat. So, the people had a chance for a social gathering.
Later it became a Buddha procession and a boat race. These
events take place on the 1st night of the waning moon in
the 11th month (around August) of every year. They last
for about 5 days. The major activities are a Buddha Effigy
Boat Procession (many majestically adorned temple boats join in)
and a boat race in Lang Suan River.
Chumphon's Marine Festival
It takes place during the middle of March and April every year
The aim is to promote Chumphon tourism-in order to distribute
incomes among the local people, conserve natural resources. Main
events : Angling competition, Tourism Photo Competition,
Tourism Exhibition and Mini-Marathon.
Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak Commemoration
This event takes place near City hall around 19-25th December
every year. The aim is to commemorate the Admiral Phra Chao
Borommawongthir Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak, the person
who is highly revered by people in Chumphon, he is also the father
of the Royal Thai Navy. The main activities are Krom Luang
Chumphon khet Udomsak Exhibition, Southern Art Exhibition and acting
at night time.
Lang Suan Fruit Festival
It is held annually around August. Its main objective is to
promote agricultural products, especially orchard products of Lang
Suan District. Major events : Fruit competition,
Jam Competition, Fruit Fair, Flower Car Competition and Fruit Maiden