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Exploring the Chanthaburi coast

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Chanthaburi province’s coastline reveals mangrove-lined bays, fishing shacks standing above hidden inlets, breathtaking viewpoints and empty beaches stretching to the horizon. Most foreign travellers overlook this splendid scenery, but we think it’s well worth a side trip.





A trio of rivers—the Chanthaburi, the Wang Tanot and the Phlio—branch into a confusion of fingers reaching down to the Gulf of Thailand to the south and west of Chanthaburi town. Chalerm Burapa Chollathit Road runs alongside or close to the coast for some 40 kilometres and is ideal for cruising by car, motorbike or bicycle, with plenty of worthwhile stops along the way.

You could pick out a few of the attractions covered below or spend a full day (or more) hitting as much as you can before dark. The coast makes for a fine day trip from Chanthaburi town, but if you have the time, it’s also great for a few days of down time. Affordable resorts are available at all beaches and while we’ve mentioned a few of them by name, the area is conducive to just setting out and seeing where the breeze takes you.

The Laem Singh leg

Heading south from Chanthaburi town for eight kilometres on Highway 3348 takes you to Nong Bua, a languid town that’s a good place to start the journey. Attractive wooden houses and street murals line the main riverside lane, where a market specialising in traditional Thai sweets materialises on weekend mornings.

Pick up some Thai sweets at Nong Bua. Photo taken in or around Exploring the Chanthaburi coast, Chanthaburi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Pick up some Thai sweets at Nong Bua. Photo: David Luekens

On any day you could pop into Khanom Baan Jor, a shop in Nong Bua that’s locally famous for its tang mae nam (cane-sugar caramel), khanom khao tork popcorn-like balls of sweet sticky rice and delicious maprao kua boran (coconut butter), which is sort of like peanut butter but with a lot more flavour and none of the nutrition. The owner also cooks up candied fruits and many other types of sweets, all of it made from scratch right ... please log in to read the rest of this story.


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How to get there
From Chanthaburi town it’s a 20-kilometre cruise south to Laem Singh Beach, and 30 kilometres southwest to Chao Lao Beach. There are no direct routes from town so you’ll need to take small highways and back roads, but once you reach the coast it’s easy to get from one attraction to the next (most are signposted in English). Private vehicles are best for this type of trip, though you could arrange a songthaew in Chanthaburi town—expect to pay 800 to 1,000 baht for a round trip to either of the main beaches and up to 1,500 baht for a full-day trip covering various sites.

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