Located in the far east bordering Cambodia and the Gulf of Thailand, Chanthaburi is not only known for its beautiful natural resources including Royal’s favorite waterfall, juicy tropical fruits, and precious stones and gems, but also has a long history that Thai people are very proud of. Pull out a 20 bath bill from your wallet and see yourself. It was here where King Taksin the Great recruited his troop before declaring the country’s independence since the fall of Kingdom of Ayutthaya.
Chanthaburi is considered a melting pot of Thailand where you will get to see the perfect mix of the Thai, Khmer, Vietnamese, Chinese, Mon, Burmese, and French cultures. Having been occupied by France for 11 years in the Thai-French Dispute, the largest Catholic Church in Thailand was built here during that time. Take a morning stroll downtown to learn some history through the architecture from different eras. You can even go further back to the pre-historical times to find your inner archeologist at the Manut Boran Archeological Site. In the afternoon when it gets too hot, you have options from jumping into the waterfalls to cooling down at the Kiritarn Dam to swimming in the ocean at Chao Laow, Laem Sing, or Koong Viman Beaches. For dinner, treat yourself by grabbing some fresh seafood from a local market or directly from a fishing village, then top it off with Chanthaburi’s famous Durian, the king of fruits.
Looking for souvenirs? Chanthaburi houses the largest gem market of Thailand on Si Chan Road. This major center of the gem business attracts dealers and visitors from all around the world, creating the charm and reflecting the people’s way of life you will never see anywhere else in the country. Chanthaburi is only 3-4 hours from Bangkok. But the variety of activities you could do here will make you forget the time and it is definitely worth it to spend more than a few days in this “City of the moon.”