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"City of the moon"

Chanthaburi Tourism

Chanthaburi is a laid-back town in eastern Thailand, situated on the banks of the Chanthaburi river. Officially the capital of its namesake province, this town and its surrounding regions are primarily known for its rich history, wonderful countryside culture, relaxed vibe, scenic waterfalls, forests and rolling hills.

Many varied cutures have had an influence on Chanthaburi since 1893. Thai, Vietnamese, Mon, Chinese, Burmese, Khmer and even French attributes can be seen in the locals and the city architecture here. A Cathedral and many Thai-Chinese temples can be found here. The food of Chanthaburi is also seen to reflect the culture. It is known as one of the best cities in Thailand for cheap seafood. Tropical fruits are another speciality of this city, especially Durian. The precious stone and gems trade of Chanthaburi has also attracted many tourists. The surrounding province has lush green forests on hills and some spectacular waterfalls to soak in some nature after experiencing the rich culture and heritage of the city.

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Tropical fruits

Chanthaburi is very famous for its tropical fruits like Durian, Mangosteen, Rambutan, etc. They also organize an annual Chanthaburi Durian festival that has competitions like Durian eating. There are snacks and cookies made out of these fruits which are sold at roadside stalls.

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History of Chanthaburi

In 1767 A.D. when the Kingdom of Ayutthaya fell down, King Taksin the Great, then Phraya Wachiraprakan led a troop of 500 Thai and Chinese soldiers to regain the independence of the kingdom. The city was relocated to the highlands of Ban Noen Wong under King Rama III to prevent Vietnamese invasion, but later it was moved back to Ban Lum due to distance from water resources. Chanthaburi was occupied by France for 11 years because of the Thai-French dispute. Thailand had to surrender the left territory of the Mekong River to France for Chanthaburi in return, whichwas finally established as a province in 1933.

Nightlife in Chanthaburi

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Shopping in Chanthaburi

Specially known for its precious stones, the Gems market in the center of the town is the best place to buy them. Many handwoven items like purses and mats are also available at other markets.

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How to Reach Chanthaburi

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You can reach Chanthaburi from Bangkok via road.

How to reach Chanthaburi by flight

You have to first reach Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport from your respective city by air. Then you take a vehicle and reach Chanthaburi by road.

How to reach Chanthaburi by bus

There are buses leaving daily from Bangkok's eastern and western bus terminals, both. This journey takes around 4-5 hours, and costs approximately 150 Baht.

Local transport in Chanthaburi

Walking is the best way to explore Chanthaburi, however, motorcycle taxis and songthaews are available. You can also rent a motorbike costing 300 Baht for one day.

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Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception - Famous Landmark in Chanthaburi
Temple of Chanthaburi, Thailand
Scenic View of Pliw waterfall, Chanthaburi

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What is famous about Chanthaburi?

It's a city for all tastes - nature, history, culture, food lovers.

What is not so good about Chanthaburi?

It doesn't have a great nightlife scene.

What is the best time to visit Chanthaburi?

November to February is the best time to visit Chanthaburi as it's neither too hot, nor too rainy.
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What is the local food in Chanthaburi?

Chanthaburi's culture is deeply reflected in its food, making it one of the best cities in Thailand for Asian and seafood. There are many roadside stalls along the Sukhapiban road, Nam Phu market, Chathuchak night market selling cheap food, snacks and tropical fruits like Durian. Restaurants like Chantorn restaurant, Dugong restairant, Kasemsarn hotel serve delectable local food and seafood. Pad Thai, noodle soup, curries with local vegetables are some of the most popular dishes you should try in Chanthaburi. The Chauthuchak market also has some western food options like cafes and pizzerias.
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What is the best way to reach Chanthaburi?

You can reach Chanthaburi from Bangkok via road.
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What are the places near Chanthaburi?

The top places near to Chanthaburi are Pattaya which is 137 km from Chanthaburi, Bangkok which is located 215 km from Chanthaburi, Hua hin which is located 233 km from Chanthaburi, Ang thong national marine park which is located 65 km from Chanthaburi, Koh poda which is located 91 km from Chanthaburi

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