We were on our way from Thung Wua Laen to see the Prince Chumphon Memorial but did not go back to the main highway; instead we took the back roads to Pac Nam Chumphon. It was a lovely drive but we thought we were seeing things when we started to see teepees. I know Thailand has a huge Cowboy and Indian culture but really did not expect to see what...more
On highway 4001 very close to the Tha Nang Bridge there is a nice monument to the World War II Youth Volunteers. It was built to commemorate the fight against the Japanese Army’s invasion at Kho Son Beach on 8th December 1941, a very brave deed by Battalion 38, police officers, local Thai’s and the Youth Volunteer Unit 52 from Sriyapai School.The...more
The Prince Chumphon Shrine and Memorial is about 12 kilometers from Chumphon town by the foot of the hill near Sai Ri beach. The memorial is an old torpedo war ship that was moved to Sai Ri in 1979, you can go on the ship and look around, there is no entrance fee and the ship is very hands on. Prince Chumphon was the son of King Rama V and was the...more
Chumphon province has a new slogan "Eat seafood Taste fresh fruits". Have not read before my 1st visit, or had heard about this specialty of the region. Only upon arrival we saw that this place indeed was the fruit growing region or perhaps Chumphon was the collecting center. Unlike other provinces who were cashing in on Mangos, durian and "Loong...more
Many people quickly pass through Chumphon to take the ferry to Koh Tao, but if you want to enjoy a provincial Thailand town, it can be a chance to skip off the beaten track for a day or so. There are some reasonable cheap hotels in the town and there are some sights around, but you will find it laid back and for some a nice break from main tourist...more
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...more
87 Moo 10, Uthumporn Road, Muang, Chumphon, 86000, Thailand
Good for: Couples
The Novotel Chumphon resort is a luxury resort hotel with a Golf Course located outside of Chumphon....more
259/9 Moo 1, Chumphon, 86220, Thailand
Good for: Solo
View Seafood Restaurant is along the beach front at Thung Wua Laen beach, it would have to be one of the best meals we have had in Thailand. We walked to the restaurant from our hotel and there was one table left with views, the place was full of Thai families having dinner and celebrating birthdays, so a fantastic atmosphere. The staff were very...more
You may know that on Virtual Tourist I am what is called a tip group editor for several places, London included. Part of this job entails creating pages for various restaurants and I end up looking at a lot of restaurant websites. This is no great trial as I love cooking and would happily watch chefs at work all day. Recently, I was looking a the...more
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To be honest we were hungry and we didn't want to walk far.It has everything. The food was excellent and cheap, beer cheap as well. It is a very popular place for people who are passing through Chumphon. 75B for large Singha. 80B for Penang curry and Rice. No dress codemore
Chumphon is a provincial town so don't expect a range of restaurants or nightlife. Most people would tend to stay at their hotel or resort and enjoy the restaurants and bar facilities there. In Chumphon town though there are many small Thai restaurants and seafood is quite good and also very cheap.more
From Chumphon, there are several boats (fast & slow) leaving for Koh Tao and Phangan daily.Fares and time as follows :Chumphon-Koh TaoExpress Boat : Depart 7am, Arrv 9.30am (400THB/person)Lomprayah Catamaran : Depart 7am, Arrv 8.30am (550THB/.person) & Depart 1pm arriv 2.30pmNight Boat : Depart 2400, Arrv 0600 (200THB + taxi 50THB)* For express...more
After far too many minibus journeys that take far longer than they should. We decided to go to the bus station in Phuket and book it ourselves.We tried to find out the information first, but everyone assumes that we are going from Bangkok. Not Phuket.Any way we booked the bus at the bus station. Paid 390B each from Phuket town to Chumphon. It was a...more
Getting around chumphon to other places is very easy and cheap. There are motocyle taxis which u can rent in the city . There's also mini trucks coverted to bus and the blue taxis. U can also rent a motorbike for 200thb/day or Jeep at 1000THB/day.For long distance travel to other cities like Bangkok, Hua Hin and Surathani, there are regular buses...more
Its a long street located near to CHUMPHON train station where u can find clothes, food and etc.
What to buy: Various typy of food, Jeans and shirts...
What to pay: Bargain
Most Thais are Buddhist and they are fairly serious about their religious practices. Around the country, it is customary to have small shrines erected by the roadsides to bless road users. To jive in with this practice, passer-bys would paused momentarily and clapped their hand together to show their respect and gratitude.
What about those driving pass? It would hinder their journey as the vehicle would bound to pass by many of such little shrines all the way. Motorist came up with a short cut and an ingenious way -they hooted their horns to acknowledge as they passed by without stopping or slowing down.
A short distance from the junction just north of Chumphon during the past several trips, I noticed that this act. The road was the busy Highway 4, and the shrine located right at a small bend. Imagine vehicles passing by at high speed and negotiating a bend. It was an endless stream of horning from vehicles on both sides of the road.
This trip, I noticed the shrine upgraded and the highway slightly straighten with parking bays along the road, the stretch after passing the shrine.
Of course the new facilities also came with rest stop and new rows of fruit stalls. That explain the upgrading of the shrine as more stoppage also increased the amount of donations.
For those who had made the stop, the keeper of the shrine was also well organized to tap that opportunity. Bundle of joss stick with incense papers for burning, and something I never saw before - they also have gold foil for sale. These expensive stuff would be pasted on the Buddha or Elephants statues as offerings. Couldn't understand how donations were eventually translated but with the offering completed, this ritual ended with the releasing a burst of fire crackers.
This is a basic package offered at Bahts 40. Then there are various sizes of fire crackers available as alternatives.
Our devotees carefully depositing the gold foil on the arm of Buddha. It was particularly interesting for me.
The custom of the continuous sounding of the horns was then replaced by the sporadic sounding of the fire crackers. Or was it both? Many stopped but not all. They who didn't stop would continued the old practice of using the horn.
Hi Carol I know Chumphon pretty well as my wife comes from there so we spend quite an bit of time on holidays there and are also attending an wedding there in November. The questions you posed about dress and presents have been answered but the advice I can give you is that Chumphon is an city but also an big province so it depends where the...more
The beaches here in Chumphon are good, the caves and waterfalls in this region are nothing to shout about. Still the regions offers plenty of destinations for visitors to get acquainted with. That's my interest and I hope to share them with youCavesComing from the north, some 23 kilometers before entering Chumphon along the Highway 4, a right turn...more
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.