Chumphon in Thailand: a complete overview of the province
Chumphon is not a famous tourist destination in the provinces of Thailand. The massive tourist flow bypasses this area, heading for the traditional places of recreation — Phuket, Pattaya, islands in the Gulf of Thailand.
Nevertheless, Chumphon has something to offer: the sea, sand, sun and the opportunity to spend a little less than usual.
General Information about Chumphon Province
The region we are interested in is geographically located in the central part of the country and is located in the narrowest part of Malacca, or the Malacca Peninsula, in the place where central Thailand passes into the south.
The province is an important transportation artery of the country:
- here is the southern railway;
- the province is crossed by a highway (# 4, 41), connecting the central regions with the southern ones;
- Chumphon pier is connected to Suratthani islands.
- in addition, there is an airport 30 km from the provincial capital, Chumphon.
Despite the fact that the tourism industry in this area is poorly developed, it is impossible not to draw attention to its advantages for holidaymakers:
- central location, making it easier to visit both Bangkok and the southern regions;
- the absence of a large number of tourists;
- the possibility of a relaxing holiday, without any fuss.
In Chumphon, as a rule, they do not carry on package tours, and the majority of tourists are represented by travelers on their own.
The coastline is long, but more or less civilized beaches with at least a minimum tourist infrastructure of only 2:
- Thung Wua Laen;
- Sai Ree (or Sai Ri).
The first is more developed in terms of tourism, is located north of the city (13 km); the second — to the south (20 km).
The main characteristics of the beaches:
- wide strip of fine sand;
- the sea is deep enough to swim;
- there is a low tide once a day, but the water does not move very far, so this is not a problem;
- the sea is open (not a bay), so there may be waves, not huge, but not for children;
- chaise lounges and umbrellas only at hotels.
What can you do on the beaches of Chumphon besides sunbathing and swimming:
- kiting (in windy weather);
- snorkeling (off the coast or near the islands);
- walks along the endless shore.
On the beaches there are massage parlors, which are the perfect complement to a relaxing stay.
A special feature of Chumphon is the low population density of the province, as well as the sufficient remoteness of the main city from the coast. Hotels, on the contrary, are located on the beaches listed above. Between the city and the hotel area during the day shuttles ply. The road takes 15-20 minutes and costs 30 baht one way.
There are few holidaymakers in Chumphon, so there are always free places for accommodation and, not least, the cost of a night’s stay, including breakfast, is from $ 10 for an air-conditioned room with doubles.
Most hotels are located on Thung Wua Laen and a few can be found on Sai Ree.
Cafes, restaurants, bars
There are plenty of places to eat on both beaches. Food — for every taste. Good reviews of visitors receive such institutions as:
- Pirates Terrace;
- The Curry Shack;
- Take a Seat;
- Mali Blue’s.
Cook tasty and fast enough. The menu includes both European and Thai dishes. Seafood is predominant, but a burger with steak can also be ordered.
Despite the fact that Chumphon is not a tourist province, there is where to go and what to see.
You can go on a tour of the national park Chumphon (Mu Ko Chumphon National Park), located on the coast. To the islands belonging to the national park, organized separate excursions for lovers of snorkeling.
Another woodland — Khao Phang Forest Park — is located near the highway number 4, a few kilometers from the city. Here you can walk on your own, although there are no special attractions in the park.
The city has a museum, which we have decided to refer to the category of local history. Here are collected various cultural and historical artifacts illustrating the development of the region, the life of people.
The museum is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00. The entrance is 100 baht. Located on the outskirts of the city on Aphakorn Rd.
Located 100 km from the city, on the border with Surat Thani. Recommended for visiting people with skin diseases, diseases of the joints, and everyone who appreciates natural spa treatments. The temperature of the sources is about 50 degrees.
Public transport to the sources does not go. Therefore, the best way to get here is a car.
Use of the pool — 10 baht. Opening hours: 8: 30-18: 30.
As in other provinces, a large number of temples are located in Chumphon.
Among them are the most famous:
- Wat Chao Fa Sala Loi (in the north of the city);
- Wat Pradoem Temple (in the southwest of the city);
- Wat Thep Charoen (north of the city);
- Wat Phra Thart Sawi (almost near the border with Surat Thani).
All temples are active, open during daylight hours. The entrance is free.
When is it better to go?
The climate of Chumphon, although it retains the monsoon periodicity, is less contrasted. The rainy season lasts from May to November, but the amount and intensity of precipitation exceed those of the dry season only 3-4 times.
Against the background of the southern resorts of Thailand, where this difference can go up to 10 or more times, Chumphon seems to be appropriate to visit all year round.
How to get there?
As noted above, both the highway and the railway line pass through Chumphon.
Trains run from Bangkok to Malaysian Butterworth and back. Thus, in addition to these cities, it is possible to get to Chumphon by train from Kanchanaburi, Hua Hin, Suratthani, Trang and Hat Yai. Travel time on the Bangkok-Chumphon segment is 6-8 hours, depending on the speed of the train. The trip from Suratthani to Chumphon will take 2-3 hours.
Many tourists prefer to travel by bus. For example, from the southern bus station in Bangkok, Sai Tai Mai (Borommaratchonnani Road), buses head south to the hourly and even more often. Travel time is 6 hours.
Bus service is the only option for those who need to get to Chumphon, for example, from Ranong, Krabi, Phang Nga or Phuket.
As a rule, minibass runs along these lines. The way to Ranong will take 2 hours and cost 100 baht.
If you are traveling by car, getting to Chumphon is easy. The main route of the Malacca Peninsula leading to Suratthani, No. 4, and No. 41 leading to Ranong, Phangnga and Krabi passes through the entire province.
Do not forget about such a fast and convenient transport as the plane. There are 2 flights daily from Bangkok to Chumphon (Nok Air company, from Don Muang) — one in the morning and one in the evening. Flight time is 1 hour or a little longer.