Cross Road at this junction town
Chumphon is a town that you would not drop in by accident.
It is way out from the main arrival destination and to be in Chumphon is a journey deliberately planned. What I am trying to say that the low traffic to this place allow accidental drop in plenty of choices when it comes to accomodation.
You can choose to stay near to the beach or stay in the little town center.
Food is also not a problem to find. Having given that assurance, I must say that while accomodation and food readily available, one must be prepared to accept the standard. It is not a big place and choices couldn't be great.
Chumphon - Small town & big offerings
"At the cross road"
Chumphon slowly grew in importance when vehicular traffic increases. The important land route of Highway 4 from Phuket and Ranong through the Ithmus of Kra needed to past through this town. Then another lesser used Highway 41 from Surat Thani joins this route. The junction where the 2 highways meet is Chumphon. Which ever way follow, drivers on the long journey required traveler to halt for night. The town is still another 450 kilometers from Bangkok. That was years ago and Chumphon then was of special importance.
With today's better designed vehicle and the existence of Expressway, driving another 450 kilometers is a matter of hours. Not that many drivers stop over in Chumphon. For a change, more tourist are coming to Chumphon.
In fact this small town is not just a junction but is also the provincial capital.
This township takes care of the farming business in the vicinity. Seeing the good number of fruit stalls, I assume that this must be an important growing area. The town sees small number of tourist when compared to places like Phuket. Then those who arrive will be heading for the tiny waterfront of Pak Nam. In the north of this ferry terminal, a trip of beach Hat Sai Ri is a good spot for a quiet sun filled vacation for those not venturing further than Chumhon.
Quite a few offerings in Chumphon make this province well known on the world map. Off shore there is a cluster of islands for diving into the coral seas. But right in the middle of the Gulf Of Siam is this "off the beaten track" island is Ko Tao, renouned for its consistent water clarity and choices of dive sites. This is a very popular destination just north of the famed Samui Island. For those coming from Bangkok, Chumphon has a closer port to reach the island when compared with the boat ride via Samui itself.
Also of interest is the bird nest industry that thrives in Ko Rang Kachiu island. Collection time should be between the months of January to September. Prior permission needed before going to the island.
In the last few years, the town got new fame as the Bird watching city. Raptors flying south and passing the Ithmus gathers here in great concentration The high land point for the annual bird count, maintaining records of this happening here each October is Khao Dinsor.
This is also the reason that the few petrol stations situated outside the town area are especially large to serve the motoring public and were the state of the art complexes.
Cowboy town, 15km to nearest beach.
"Beautiful Beaches and surrounded by small Islands"
Arrived this small town at 3am from Butterworth....first impression was scared, wrong destination and etc. As I was moving towards the exit after disembarking frm the train, I saw the information counter still operating at 3am, my views quickly changed. Even in M'sia the counter will have been closed by this time.
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 Chumphon's seashore, there are many beautiful and picturesque beaches.
Chumphon' is believed to derive from 'Chumnumphon', which means the accumulation of forces. Whenever there was any movements of the army, the soldiers would gather their forces here at this province.
Its also a transit point for u to go to Koh Tao, Ko Phangan, Koh Samui and other nearby islands.
Some of the nice beaches at Chumphon are :
1)Thung Wua Lean Beach
2) Sai Ree Beach
4)Khor Kaho beach
5)Tawan Chai beach
7)Thung Makham Bay
Magnificent islands near to Chumphon :