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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Historical documents state that Chumphon was continuously the locations of many communities since the pre-historic period, especially in the area near Tha Taphao River banks.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.

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South
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Amphur Bang Saphan Noi of Prachuap Khiri Khan;
Amphur Tha Chana of Surat Thani;
Gulf of Thailand;
Ranong and Andaman Sea.

Chumphon is administratively divided into 8 Amphoe: Mueang Chumphon, Lang Suan, Sawi, Tha Sae, Lamae, Phato, Pathio, and Thung Tako.

Chumphon Attractions

Chumphon Art, Culture and Heritage

Chumphon National Museum

Attraction Details :

Located in Chumphon Governmental Center on Phetkasem Road at km.484 before approaching Pathomphon Junction, the museum displays historical and important ancient materials of Chumphon. The displays are divided into the following parts: History of Chumphon; Chumphon during World War II; Chumphon and the Typhoon; Nature and Outstanding Heritage of Chumphon by means of pictures and movies. The museum is open for the public from Wednesday to Sunday, except official holidays, during 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The fee is 30 Baht per person. For more details, contact at Tel: 0 77504105, 504246.

Military Youth Monument

Attraction Details :

It is located on Highway No. 4001 (Chumphon-Pak Nam), Tambon Bang Mak, close to Tha Nang Sung bridge. It is about 5 kilometres away from the city. This monument is built to commemorate the bravery of military youth for their fight against the Japanese troop in 1941 during the Worldwar II.

How to get there :

By Car

It is located on Highway No. 4001 (Chumphon-Pak Nam), Tambon Bang Mak, close to Tha Nang Sung bridge. It is about 5 kilometres away from the city.

Prince Chumphons Monument

Attraction Details :

The venue is located by the foot of the hill in Hat Sai Ri area. Prince Chumphon was one of the King Rama Vs sons. Being the founder of the modern Navy of Thailand, the Prince was proclaimed as the Father of Thai Navy. He was respected by the navy, fishermen, and other people. His picture has been established in most of the houses in Chumphon.

The Monument consists of Prince Chumphon’s Shrine for visitors to pay respect. Chumphon Warship is an old big torpedo warship, with the size of 68 x 6.55 metres. This warship was out of order in 1975 and was moved to Hat Sai Ri in 1979.

Herbal Garden is at the foot of the hill along the seacoast. This is the project of the Ministry of Public Health to conserve the valued herbs, in order to continue the concept of Prince Chumphon, who was also interested in using the traditional medicine to cure people.

Chumphon Educational Places

Chumphon Horbicultural Research Center

Attraction Details :

It is the training center for MAWA coconut planting. This plant is the breed from the African and Malaysian ones. The Center has the area of 1,700 rai (1 acre = 2.5 rai). The office and residence are at the front, while at the back is the planting area for pepper, coffee, cocoa and coconuts.

Chumphon Nature and Wildlife

Ao Thung Makham

Attraction Details :

This place is divided into outer Ao Thung Makham and inner Ao Thung Makham. The bays look like a line of 2 semicircles. Roughly in the middle  lies a peninsula Where rocks, large and small, are  scattered surround in a mysterious fashion. This peninsula serves as the bays divider. On the north side lies the inner Ao Thung Makham whose white sand beach stretches for 1 km. lined with coconut trees. The distances of the inner and outer Ao Thung Makham from Chumphon city center are 27 kms. and 31 kms. respectively using the same highways as going to Hat Sai Ri with the directions shown along the way.

How to get there :

By Other

The distances of the inner and outer Ao Thung Makham from Chumphon city center are 27 kms. and 31 kms. respectively using the same highways as going to Hat Sai Ri with the directions shown along the way.

Ao Yai Ai

Attraction Details :

This bay has the most suitable area to view the panoramic atmosphere of the surroundings at almost 25 metres above sea level. Within this bay area, there are many coral reefs of almost 7 kilometres. Tourists have the opportunity of diving to view these beautiful coral

Hat Arunothai

Attraction Details :

From highway no.4, turn left to highway no.4096 for 6 kilometres. This beach is situated 60 kilometres from Chumphon. Visitors can observe the lifestyle of the local fishermen on this quiet beach. Near the beach, there is the Prince Chumphons Shrine. Nearby is Paknam Thung Tako- the site where fishermen of Thung Tako depart for their voyage to the sea. The view of these fishermen daily routine is very colourful and impressive.

Hat Pha Daeng

Attraction Details :

Being 14 kilometres from town by the same route to Hat Sai Ri or 2 kilometres from Hat Pharadon- Phap, this beach has a 10-metre red cliff which has been eroded by wind and rain and has turned to the shape of a curved bridge. It is also one of the best sites to view the sea and is suitable for relaxation.

How to get there :

By Car

14 kilometres from town by the same route to Hat Sai Ri or 2 kilometres from Hat Pharadon- Phap

Hat Pharadonphap

Attraction Details :

This beach is 12 kilometres from Chumphon by highway Nos. 4119 and 4098. This is a large beach, parallel to the road, which is shaded by coconut trees.

Hat Sai Ri

Attraction Details :

This scenic and popular beach is about 20 kilometres from Chumphon by highways no.4119 and 4098. There are bus services from town to the beach. It is a large and curved beach and it is one of the favorites amongst Chumphon people for their relaxation. There are some accommodations and restaurants available along the beach

How to get there :

By Other

About 20 Kms. along highway 4119 and 4098 with regular bus services from the town center,

Hat Sai Ri Sawi

Attraction Details :

This beautiful beach is located in Tambon Tha Hin. To visit the beach, use Highway no.41 (Chumphon- Sawi route), turn left to Sawi – Bo Kha route for 12 kilometres. This large beach is parallel to the coconut line, suitable for relaxation and it is the venue where the lifestyle of the fishermen is very impressive.

Hat Tawan Chai

Attraction Details :

This is a large long beach parallel to the line of coconut palms. It is the most beautiful beach in this district suitable for relaxation. This beach is in Mu 3, Tambon Lamae. Tourists can get there by car, from Phetkasem Road via Lamae District intersection, then turn left into a brick road and go on for about 7 kilometers.

Tham Thong – Bang Boet Beach

Attraction Details :

From town, use Phetkasem Road, turn right at the 426th kilometre for 21 kilometres The beautiful beach in Tambon Pak Khlong is more than 5 kilometres long. The highlights of the area consist of different-shaped limestones and seaside villages, parallel to the road and pine tree line, suitable for easy driving or biking. The beach is extended to Bang Boet in Prachuap Khiri Khan, which is presently the area of H.M.the King’s project.

Thung Makham Bay

Attraction Details :

This scenic bay area consists of Thung Makham Nok and Thung Makham Nai Bays. Using highway no.4119 and 4098, for 27, and 31 kilometres to Thung Makham Nok and Thung Makham Nai Bays, respectively. They are half-circle beaches, adjacent to each other, separated by the line of rocks. With long line of coconut trees and quiet surroundings, these beaches have very fine sand. By the south end, Wat Suwan Khuha Khiri Wong or Wat Pong Pang is located under the shade of the coconut trees. At the back of the Wat facing the sea, is a long cliff of more than 80 metres.

Thung Wua Laen Beach

Attraction Details :

A famous beautiful beach of Amphoe Pathio, located in Mu 8, Tambon Sa Pli, approximately 16 kilometres from Chumphon city centre along Chumphon-Hat Thung Wua Laen road, pass the Chumphon Government Service Office at Sam Kaew Mountain paralleling with the railroad then turn to Highway No. 3180. The beach has white fine sand with a small slope which is suitable for swimming. There are plenty of rocks in the southern end of the beach adjoins the foot of the mountain.

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