Khai Nern Wong is a feeble old fort worth a quick stopover for a firsthand look at some of the only remaining evidence of the strategic military base that Chanthaburi once was.
While some say it was here that General Taksin made camp here while re-assembling his army before retaking Ayutthaya, what can be seen of the fort today was actually instituted in the early 1800s by King Rama III as part of a defense system against the threat of Vietnamese invasions.
All that remains of the hilltop fort today is a laterite stone wall and a reasonable supply of cast cannons. Some decent views of the surrounding area can be enjoyed from here, but unless you're a serious history buff it's probably not worth the time.
Also within the grounds is the Underwater Archaeological Museum. On display are relics discovered off the coast of Chanthaburi, including a large selection of earthenware pots, a smattering of Sawankhalok pottery and recovered cannnons.
How to get there
The easiest way to reach Khai Nern Wong is by pick-up truck taxi (120 baht roundtrip) or motorbike taxi (60 baht roundtrip) from Chanthaburi town.
By Stuart McDonald
Last updated on 3rd December, 2014.