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Chumphon is a sea coast city parallel to the Gulf of Thailand. It is the gateway to other southern provinces. Along more than 200 kilometres of Chumphons seashore, there are many beautiful and picturesque beaches. Still maintaining the natural beauty, the province is best for those who seek relaxation in the natural and uniquely quiet atmosphere.
Historical documents state that Chumphon was continuously the locations of many communities since the pre-historic period, especially in the area near Tha Taphao River banks. Chumphon was also one of the leading trading centers of Siam (former name of Thailand).
Due to being the frontier city, the name Chumphon is believed to derive from Chumnumphon, which means the accumulation of forces. Whenever there were movements from the army, the soldiers would gather their forces here at this province.
The other source believed that it should be derived from a local plant named Maduea Chumphon due to its richness in this area. Therefore, naturally, this plant has become a symbol of the logo of Chumphon Province.
From Bangkok, use highway no.4, or highway no.35 (Thon Buri - Pak Tho) and join highway no.4, pass Petchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, to Chumphon junction, then turn left along highway 4001 for 8 kilometres to town.
There are regular buses of Transport Co., Ltd. from the Southern Bus Terminal to Chumphon everyday. For more details, contact the Southern Bus Terminal at Tel: 0 2434 5557 - 8, 0 2435 1199 or visit www.transport.co.th. For the round-trip, buses leave from Chumphon Bus Terminal at Tel: 0 7750 2725, 0 7751 1094.
For air-conditioned buses, contact:
Chok-anan Tour: in Bangkok at Tel: 0 2435 5027 - 9, 0 2435 7429 or in Chumphon at Tel: 0 7751 1480, 0 7751 1757.
Suwannathi Tour: in Bangkok at Tel: 0 2435 5026, or in Chumphon at Tel: 0 7751 1422.
From Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamgphong): There are both rapid and express trains to Chumphon everyday. For more details, contact at Tel: 1690, 0 2 223 7010, 0 2223 7020 or at Chumphon Station Tel: 0 7751 1103 or visit www.railway.co.th.
From Thon Buri Railway Station (Bangkok Noi): There are fast trains to Chumphon everyday. For more details, contact at Tel: 0 2411 3102.
Air Andaman flies from Bangkok to Chumphon. Call 02229 9555 or visit www.airandaman.com for more information.
Communications within Chumphon and to Nearby Provinces
Bus Chumphon - Sawi - Lang Suan Route: The terminal is in front of Chumphon Market, Thanon Tha Taphao from 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Taxi: Taxi queue is behind old market, opposite to Chumphon Bus Terminal. Taxi can be hired to Lang Suan, Ranong and Surat Thani.
Paradorn Inn Hotel
Start: 550 THB .
Jansom Chumphon Hotel
Start: 700 THB .
Chumphon Cabana & Diving Resort
Thung Wua Laen Beach
Start: 1,050 THB .
Start: 5,500 THB .
The Royal Chumphon
A large torpedo-ship named the Royal Chumphon is also here. It is 68 meters long and 6.55 meters wide. This ship was decommissioned on November 26,1975. The Royal Thai Navy gave the ship to Chumphon province in 1979. After that it was put near this monument.
Snorkeling off the Sunrise Coast at Chumphon
Chumphon is the mainland location for boats to the popular dive island of Koh tao. You can also snorkel from Chumphon and the Cabana resort has daily snorkeling trips.
San of Sadej nai Kromluang Chumphon Khet Udomsak
Located at Had Sai Ree Subdistrict. It is 20 kilometers far away from Chumphon city center, along highway. This is a scared place of the people in Chumphon and nearly provinces. At this place stands the Monument of Admiral Phra Boromawong thir Kromluang Chumphon Khet Udomsak. It consists of San of Sadej Nai Kromluang Chumphon Khet Udomsak is at the north of Sai Ree beach. The Shrine faces the sea. There is a museum which shows about his biography and things which he used.
Chumphon is a brand new diving destination with over 30 islands that belong to the marine national park lying just off the coast in the Gulf of Thailand. The reefs here are virtually untouched and there are no doubt more dive sites waiting to be found. It is an ideal stopping off point as you travel between Bangkok & Suratthani / Koh Samui / Koh Tao by bus or train. Not as crowded as some of the other more well known diving destinations it can offer a quieter welcome break.
Buses leave daily from Bangkok as well as the southern train and most young travellers who are yet to learn how to dive will select Koh Tao as their final destination but make their way through Chumphon. An upcoming destination for kite boarding and other wind related activities. Chumphon has several outlying islands, which have suffered very little diving and still have pristine reefs.
Festival of Chumphon Sea World
This festival is held in mid-March to April every year at Hat Sai Ri. The objective of this festival is for tourism promotion and nature conservation of Chumphon. The activities consist of fishing competition, photography contest of tourist attractions, tourist attraction exhibition, and mini-marathon competition.
Lang Suan Festival of Buddha Floating Procession, Boat Competition
This event has been the old tradition of Lang Suan for more than 100 years. Normally held in October of every year, the highlights of this festival are decorated Buddha Floating Procession from many temples. In the afternoon, the long boat competition is held.
Lang Suan Fruit Fair
Annually held in August, the activities of this event are fruit contest, fruit market, preserved-fruit products, and competition for queen of the fruit contest.