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ChumphonChumphon situated in the most upper part of the Southern region in Thailand. The distance between Chumphon and Bangkok is approximately 470 kilometers (about 300 miles). The total area of chumphon is about 6,000 square kilometers.

From the documents, 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 humphonis believed to derive from humnumphon which means the accumulation of forces. Whenever there was any movements of 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 aduea Chumphondue to its richness in this area. Therefore, naturally, this plant has become a symbol of the logo of Chumphon Province.

 

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Attractions

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Chumphon National Museum Located in Chumphon Governmental Center on Phetkasem Road at the 484-km marker 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. Admission fee for foreigners are 30 Baht per person.

Hat Sai RiHat Sai Ri This scenic and popular beach is about 20 kilometres from Chumphon by Highway No. 4119 and Highway No. 4098. There are bus services from town to the beach. It is a large, curved beach that is a favorite among the Chumphon people for their relaxation. There are some accommodations and restaurants available along the beach.

Prince Chumphon Monument The venue is located by the foot of the hill in Hat Sai Ri area. Prince Chumphon was one of the King Rama V sons. Being the founder of the modern Navy of Thailand, the Prince was proclaimed as he Father of Thai Navy He was highly 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 Shrine for visitors to pay respect. Chumphon Warship is a big, old torpedo warship, measuring 68 x 6.55 metres. This warship was placed out of commision in 1975 and was moved to Hat Sai Ri in 1979.

Herbal Garden
Herbal Garden
is at the foot of the hill along the seacoast. This project was initiated by 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.

Khao Chao Muang This mountain is next to Hat Sai Ri along the coast for 2.5 kilometres. On top of this mountain, there is a pavilion for enjoying the scenery. And around one kilometre further from this area is an open area where a panoramic view of the various islands and the sea can be seen.

Khao Pang Forest Park Situated at the border of Amphoe Muang and Tha Sae, this park is 12 kilometres from Chumphon along Highway No. 4 (Chumphon - Tha Sae route). There are many kinds of plants in the park. At the front, are the park gate and Prince Chumphon Shrine. At the top of the mountain is a cut-edge cliff that is suitable for launching hangliders and as a viewpoint for Chumphon town.

Ao Thung MakhamAo Thung Makham This scenic bay area consists of Thung Makham Nok and Thung Makham Nai Bays. Using Highway Nos. 4119 and 4098, for 27 km. and 31 km. 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.

Hat Pharadonphap 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 Pha Daeng Being 14 kilometres from town by the same route to Hat Sai Ri, or 2 kilometres from Hat Pharadon- Phap, this beach has a10-metre red cliff which has been eroded by wind and rain and has been transformed into the shape of a curved bridge. It is also one of the best sites to view the sea and is suitable for relaxation.

Moo Ko Chumphon National Park Having been announced in 1989, this National Park covers the total area of beaches and islands of 198,125 rai (1 acre = 2.5 rai).

The Park Office is 21 kilometres from town. Using Highway No. 4001, turn right to Hat Sai Ri, then turn right again for 8 kilometres. The Tourist Information Center is connected with the wooden-bridge walkways for nature study of plant and animals. Visitors can travel by boats or can stay overnight in their tents near the office.

The beautiful beaches in the Park area are Thung Makaham Beach, Hat Sai Ri Amphoe Muang, Arunothai Beach in Amphoe Thung Tako, Tong Khrok Beach in Amphoe Lang Suan, and more than 40 islands in Chumphon Sea such as Chorakhe, Ngam, Samet, Maphrao, Mattra, Thong Lang, Langka Chio Islands, including islands in Amphoe Sawi, Thung Tako. On some islands, there are diving sites, fine white sand beaches and corals; such as Chorakhe Island in the northern part of the park. Ngam and Lanka Chio Islands have many sea sparrow nests. Around Ngam Island, there are perfect coral reefs which are the interesting sites for diving. Thong Lang Island has white and beautiful beach. Tourists can hire boats to travel along these islands at the appropriate price.

Ko Tao Even though it is a small island far off in the sea but it is well known for its beautiful beaches and coral reefs. Although this island is in Surat Thani, it is more accessible by speed boat or regular boat from Chumphon.

Travelling to Ko Tao:
Tourists can use the following boat service as follows:

Tha Yang Pier Tourists can hire pick-up car from Chumphon to Tha Yang Pier which is about 7 kilometres away. The boat leaves from Ban Mae Hat to Ko Tao every night at midnight and arrive at Ko Tao at 6 a.m. of the next day. On the return trip, the boat leaves from Ko Tao at 10 a.m. and arrive at Tha Yang at 3 p.m. The round-trip fare is 200 baht. For more details, contact Tel: 0 -7755-3052 - 4.

Songserm Rungrueang Co. , Ltd. The boat leaves from the pier at 7 a.m. and arrive at Ko Tao at 10 a.m. On the return trip, the boat leaves from Ko Tao at 3 p.m. and arrive at Chumphon at 5.30 p.m. The round-trip fare is 400 baht.

Ekkawin Tour The boat leaves from Tha Yang pier at 7.30 a.m. and arrive at Ko Tao at 9.30 a.m. On the return trip, the boat leaves from Ko Tao at 10.30 a.m. and arrive at Chumphon at 12.30 p.m. The round-trip fare is 400 baht. For more details, contact Tel: 0-7750-1821, 0-7758-0273 - 4. There is also a boat service leaving from Ekkawin Pier or Lom Lak Pier at 7 a.m. and arrive at Ko Tao at 9.30 a.m.. On the return trip, the boat leaves from Ko Tao at 10 a.m. and arrives at Ekkawin Pier at 3 p.m. The round-trip fare is 400 baht.

Military Youth Monument Being 5 kilometres from Chumphon on the left-hand side of Highway No. 4119 (Chumphon - Paknam route), this monument was built to commemorate the bravery of Chumphon heroes in fighting against the Japanese troop 1941 invasion during
World War II.

Monthip Fish Park From Chumphon, use Highway No. 4, turn right to Ban Khun Krating, then turn left to Wat Tham Sing, turn right for 1 kilometre. This private park is decorated with flowers and rocks. There are a large pond at the front, with carps and a variety of beautiful fish. This park is open for public.

Also, there are nearby tourist attractions such as Kaeo Kho Ram, with stalactites and stalagmites, on the same route to Wat Tham Sing. Dae Cave and Chang Phueak are located 100 metres down the road.

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Transportation


Car

Depart from Bangkok, drive on 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 No. 4001 for 8 kilometres to town.

Bus
Buses regularly depart from the Southern Bus Terminal to Chumphon on a daily basis. For more details, contact the Southern Bus Terminal at Tel: 0 2434 5557 - 8, 0 2435 1199. For the round-trip, buses leave from Chumphon Bus Terminal at Tel: 0 7750 2725, 0 7751 1094.

Within Chumphon province, buses servicing the Chumphon-Sawi-Lang Suan route leaves the terminal in front of Chumphon Market, Thanon Tha Taphao from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. daily.

The taxi queue is behind old market, opposite to Chumphon Bus Terminal. Taxis can be hired to Lang Suan, Ranong and Surat Thani

Train

There are fast trains Depart from Bangkok's Tjpm Buri Raailway Station to Chumphon everyday. and from Bangkok Hua Lamphong Railway Station, there are both rapid and express trains to Chumphon everyday.

Air
Air Andaman provides flight services from Bangkok to Chumphon 4 times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.

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