Songtheaw drivers Chumphon

Songtheaw drivers Chumphon

Songtheaw drivers Chumphon

A trio of songtheaw drivers in Chumphon clowning around for the camera.

Taken on: 1st November, 2010. Copyright: All Rights Reserved - See travelfishery's page of Flickr

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The medium sized provincial capital of Chumphon, 460km south of Bangkok and 195km north of Surat Thani is considered by Thais as the gateway to southern Thailand both in the literal geographic sense as well as culturally.

Historically, it has been a battlefield several times over, in struggles with Burma for possession of the Isthmus of Kra, and more recently, a Japanese invasion during World War Two.

Today, among the travelling fraternity, Chumphon is known as more or less of a pit stop on the way to the islands, though some would simply stop at the word 'pit'. The name originally means social meeting place, but nowadays it's more like, waiting room for cranky falang.

This is where you stop-over to catch the ferry to Ko Tao, which is renowned for it's scuba diving and mellow, party atmosphere. It's also the major junction for visa runs to Burma via Ranong to ... Read our complete Chumphon travel guide

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