10 things to see and do in Chanthaburi


1. View Point Noen Nangphaya

Noen Nang Phaya is a renowned viewpoint considered the most beautiful in the East. On the Chalerm Burapha Chonlathit road, it has been selected as Dream destination from the tourism authority of Thailand. Noen Nang Phaya is located between Kung Wiman Beach and Kung Krabaen Bay. Noen Nang Phaya surrounding attractions are filled with sights, each point not far from the others. Noen Nang Phaya is located by the sea, were we will be able to view the cliffs, the sea and a beautiful curvy road.

Opening: 08:00 to 18:00
Address: Khamong, Tha Mai, Chanthaburi
Admission: Free

Travel Tip: Driving on this road is a joyful experience. There is also an observation spot where you can stop to shoot pictures of the wonderful views.

View Point Noen Nangphaya, Chanthaburi, Thailand

View Point Noen Nangphaya, Chanthaburi, Thailand

2. Red Building

Tuk Daeng or Red Building is located about 30 kilometre from Chanthaburi near Laem Singha beach. The building was created by the French army. Tuk Daeng is a single story building size 7 X 32 m, built in brick, plaster and painted in red. It has five rooms with connecting doors and a corridor on each side. The bricks came from the Pikardsuuk Fortress. It was used as a guard house for the French officers. Now it is a school library and was registered a historic place in 2528 B.E.

Opening: 09:00 to 17:00
Address: Pak Nam Laem Sing, Laem Sing, Chanthaburi
Admission: Free

Travel Tip: From Sukhumvit Road, heading toward Trat Province, turn right into Laem Sing Beach at Kilometer 347 and proceed for 16 kilometers. You will arrive at the Red Building.

3. Jewelry Market

The Thai eastern province of Chanthaburi is to capitalise on its well-known domestic popularity as the “Kingdom of Gems” .

Opening: 09:00 to 17:00
Address: Mueang Chanthaburi District, Chanthaburi
Admission: Free

Travel Tip: The price surveys are generally on Fridays, but the actual trading takes place on Saturdays.

4. Chantaboon Waterfront Community

Hugging the banks of Mae Nam Chanthaburi is this charismatic part of town, filled with restored houses and elderly residents sitting around reminiscing about their Chanthaburi tales with each other. The Learning House displays neighbourhood photos, paintings and architectural designs, including upstairs drawings of intricate ventilation panels that feature Chinese characters and French fleurs-de-lis. Today, the 1km-long street scene still includes many private homes, but the emerging art galleries, coffee shops and tasty snack stalls entice visiting Thais on weekends.

Opening: 09:00 to 17:00
Address: Sukhaphiban Road | Wat Mai subdistrict, Chanthaburi
Admission: Free

Travel Tip: Traffic is light so it’s a great place for pedestrians to stroll along. It’s one of those special places left in Thailand, retaining its welcoming riverside community feel and unique architecture.

5. The Catholic Church Chanthaburi

Built in 1909, the Catholic Church on Chanthanimit Road on the river bank is the largest Catholic edifice in Thailand with Gothic architectural style. The original tall roof was taken down during World War II to make it less obvious as a possible target.
The statue is special as it is a gift to the church from the Chanthaburi Christian gem dealers and goldsmiths community. It is one of the older communities in Chanthaburi composed mostly of people of Vietnamese origin.

Opening: 08:30 to 16:30
Address: Chanthanimit, Mueang Chanthaburi, Chanthaburi
Admission: Free

Travel Tip: Dress appropriately and remove shoes when there are signs requesting that you do so.

Roman Catholic Diocese of Chanthaburi, Chanthaburi, Thailand

Roman Catholic Diocese of Chanthaburi, Chanthaburi, Thailand

6. King Taksin the Great's Park, Chanthaburi

King Taksin the Great’s Park is located in the town centre of Chanthaburi Province. This is a spacious park with a pond where the King Taksin the Great Monument resides. It is an excellent and dynamic monument consisting of King Taksin astride a horse, with his four chief soldiers on foot around him heading into battle. It is the single most impressive piece of art in the city.

Opening: 24/7
Address: Wat Mai, Mueang Chanthaburi District
Admission: Free

7. Wat Khao Cha Wang

Wat Khao Chawang is an architectural wood carvings with amazing sights. It allows students and tourists to visit and learn its beauty every day. Wat Khao Chawang is the only temple in the province using wood as the pure material of the temple. Due to its uniqueness and attraction, Wat khao Chawang is popular and well-known among the local people and people in other provinces in Thailand.

Opening: 08:00 to 17:00
Address: Moo 6 Khao Chawang, Tambon Pong Nam Ron, Amphoe Pong Nam Ron, Chanthaburi
Admission: Free

Travel Tip: Remember when visiting temples to dress appropriately, remove shoes when entering the temple buildings, and to step over the threshold and not on it.

8. Namtok Khao Soi Dao

Namtok Khao Soi Dao (น้ำตกเขาสอยดาว) The waterfall has 16 tiers with large swarms of butterflies making it ideal for butterfly watching and plant study.

Opening: daytime
Address: Tambon Sai Khao, Amphoe Khao Soi Dao, Chanthaburi
Admission: 100 baht

Travel Tip: As it is a waterfall within a wildlife sanctuary, visitors are permitted only in the daytime.

Namtok Khao Soi Dao, Chanthaburi, Thailand

Namtok Khao Soi Dao, Chanthaburi, Thailand

9. City Pillar Shrine

Chanthaburi City Pillar Shrine is located in front of Taksin Camp, on Tha Luang Road, in Mueang District, Chanthaburi Province. The city pillar shrine at present is not the same shrine that King Taksin had built about 250 years ago. The old one was probably made of laterite, which still has traces in a dilapidated condition. Bodhi trees and Siamese rough bushes have grown and covered the shrine. Therefore, it looks different from the past.

Opening:  05:30 to 20:00
Address: Mueang Chanthaburi District, Chanthaburi
Admission: Free

Travel Tip: Remember when visiting temples to dress appropriately.

10. Khao Khitchakut National Park

Khao Khitchakut National Park (อุทยานแห่งชาติเขาคิชฌกูฏ) : Its moist evergreen and deciduous forests abound with various herbs, wild orchids and the rare eaglewood, while the parks mountainous areas provides home for an abundance of wild animals.

Travel Tip: During February to April every year, people flock to Khitchakkut temple for a pilgrimage to the giant rocks at the summit, where there is a trace of the Buddha’s footprint.

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