Photo: We love the old town.

Roll your own Chanthaburi

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Overshadowed by Eastern Thailand’s better-known destinations, like Pattaya and Ko Chang, the few travellers who give Chanthaburi a chance tend to hop off the bus for a night before stepping back onto the well-trampled trail. This might just be a mistake.

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It’s true: Chan lacks a big-name, all-star attraction, and it’s not the easiest nut for foreign travellers to crack. But taken as a whole, it’s one of our favourite provinces in Thailand to explore. From temples to food and jungle to beaches, you’ll find a variety of good stuff that could keep you busy for a week or more. For those who don’t have the time or means to see it all, we’ve boiled down the travel options into a “menu” of how your days might be spent.

The town Most visitors never leave the provincial capital and that’s fine if you’re just throwing Chanthaburi into your itinerary as a quick stop off—it’s worth it. The Chanthaboon riverside community is arguably the most compelling out of many “old towns” found all over Thailand. The food around here will do you right if you can appreciate the real deal and have had one too many bowls of expensive, watered-down curry in touristy spots.

Beautiful old houses. Photo taken in or around Roll your own Chanthaburi, Chanthaburi, Thailand by David Luekens.

Beautiful old houses. Photo: David Luekens

Chanthaburi town also features one impressive cathedral plus a few temples and a host of gem shops. Beyond those, you’ll find little more than some pungent fresh markets and the relaxing King Taksin Park, worth a leisurely stroll or picnic on the west side of town. If not taking any side trips, one day in town will suffice, and we’d get bored after ... Travelfish members only (Around 500 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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