Chumphon doesn't treat the provinces of Thailand, known among tourists. Mass tourist flow passes this area, going to traditional vacation spots – Phuket, Pattaya, islands in the Gulf of Thailand.
Content: General Information on Chumphon Province Beaches Hotels Cafes, Restaurants, Bars Sights National parks The Museum Hot Springs Religious objects When is it better to go? How to get there? Nevertheless, Chumphon has something to offer: the sea, sand, sun and the opportunity to spend a little less than usual.
General Information on Chumphon Province The region of interest to us geographically belongs to the central part of the country and is located in the narrowest part of Malacca, or the Malacca Peninsula, in the place where central Thailand passes into the southern part.
The province is an important transport artery of the country: here the southern railroad runs; the province is crossed by the automobile route (No. 4, 41) binding the central regions to southern; from Chumphon's piers it is carried out water communication with the islands entering Surattkhani. besides, in 30 km from the capital of the province – the city of Chumphon – there is an airport.
Despite of the fact that the tourist branch in this area is developed poorly, it is necessary to pay attention to its advantages to vacationers: the central location that does simpler visit of both Bangkok, and the southern regions; absence of a large number of tourists; possibility of quiet rest, without noise and vanity. Chumphon, as a rule, does not carry on package tours, and the bulk of tourists is provided by travelers independently.
Beaches The coast line is extended, but more or less civilized beaches with at least a minimal tourist infrastructure of only 2: Thung Wua Laen; Sai Ree (or Sai Ri). The first is more developed in terms of tourism, is located to the north of the city (13 km); the second - to the south (20 km).
The main characteristics of the beaches: a wide band of fine sand; The sea is deep enough to swim; Once a day there is an ebb, but the water does not go very far, so this is not a problem; the sea is open (not a bay), so there may be waves that are not huge, but not for children; sun loungers and umbrellas only at the hotels.
What you can do on the beaches of Chumphon, in addition to sunbathing and swimming: kiting (in windy weather); snorkeling (off the coast or near the nearest islands); kayaking; walks on the endless shore. On the beaches there are massage parlors, which are a great addition to a relaxing stay.
Hotels Chumphon's feature is low population density of the province and also sufficient remoteness of the main city from the coast. Hotels, on the contrary, are located on the listed above beaches. Between the city and the hotel zone during the day shuttle buses run. The road takes 15-20 minutes and costs the 30th baht in one party.
Holidaymakers in Chumphon a bit, therefore there are always empty seats for placement and that is important, the cost of days of accommodation, including a breakfast, makes from $10 for an air-conditioned room with amenities for two. The most part of hotels is located on Thung Wua Laen and a little – it is possible to find on Sai Ree.
Cafes, Restaurants, Bars Places where it is possible to eat, are available enough on both beaches. Food – for every taste. Good comments of visitors are received by such institutions as: Pirates Terrace; The Curry Shack; Take a Seat; Mali Blue’s. They cook well and quickly enough. In the menu there are both European dishes, and Thai. Seafood prevails, but it is possible to order also burger with a steak.
Sights Despite the fact that Chumphon is not a tourist province, there is a lot to go and what to see. National parks It is possible to go to a tour on the Mu Ko Chumphon National Park located on the coast. To the islands entering into national park separate excursions for fans will be organized to swim for a while with a mask.
Other forest area – Khao Phang Forest Park – is located near the route No. 4, in several kilometers from the city. Here it is possible to take a walk independently though there are no special sights in the park. The Museum In the city there is a museum which at us can be carried to the category of local history. Here various cultural and historical artifacts illustrating development of the region, life of people are collected. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 till 16:00.
An entrance – the 100th baht. Is on the suburb of the city on Aphakorn Rd Street. Hot Springs It is located in 100 km from the city, on border with Surattkhani. We are recommended for visit to people with skin diseases, diseases of joints and to all who appreciate natural a Spa procedure. Temperature of sources – about 50 degrees.
Public transportation to sources doesn't go. Therefore the best way to reach will be a car here. Use of the pool – the 10th baht. Business hours: 8:30-18:30. Religious objects As in other provinces, Chumphon has a large number of temples. Among them the most famous: Wat Chao Fa Sala Loi (in the north of the city); Wat Pradoem Temple (in the south-west of the city); Wat Thep Charoen (north of the city); Wat Phra Thart Sawi (near the border with Suratthani).
All the temples are functioning, they are open during the daytime. The entrance is free. More details about the temples of the kingdom: Monasteries, sanctuaries and temples of Thailand When is it better to go? Chumphon's climate, though keeps monsoonal frequency, is less contrast.
From May to November the rainy season lasts, but the quantity and intensity of rainfall exceed similar indicators of a dry season by only 3-4 times. Against the background of the southern resorts of Thailand where this difference can reach 10 and more times, Chumphon seems relevant to visit all the year round.
How to get there? As it was noted above, through Chumphon passes both the highway, and a railway track. Train Trains go from Bangkok to Malaysian Butterworth and back. Thus, in addition to the specified cities it is possible to get to Chumphon by train from Kanchanaburi, Hua Hin, Surattkhani, Trang and Hat Yai. Time in way on a piece Bangkok-Chumpkhon is 6-8 hours depending on a high-speed class of the train.
The trip from Surattkhani to Chumphon will take 2-3 hours. Motor transport Many tourists prefer a trip by bus. So, from the southern bus station of Bangkok of Sai Tai Mai (Borommaratchonnani Road) buses in the southern direction go hourly and even more often. Time in way – 6 hours.
Bus traffic is the only option for those who need to get to Chumpkhon, for example, from Ranong, Krabi, Phang Nga or Phuket. In these areas, minibuses usually run. The way to Ranong will take 2 hours and will cost the 100th baht. If you travel by car, then it will not be difficult to get to Chumphon.
Throughout the province, the main route of the Malacca Peninsula leading to Suratthani, No. 4, and No. 41, leading to Ranong, Phang Nga and Krabi, crosses the province. Aircraft Do not forget about such a fast and convenient transport as an airplane. Two flights fly from Bangkok to Chumphon daily (Nok Air, from Don Muang) - one in the morning and one in the evening. Flight time is 1 hour or a little longer.