:: CHUMPHON

Chumphon is a sea coast city parallel to the Gulf of Thailand. It is the gateway to other southern provinces. Along more than 200 kilometres of Chumphon's seashore, there are many beautiful and picturesque beaches. Still maintaining the natural beauty, the province is best for those who seek relaxation in the natural and uniquely quiet atmosphere.

From historical documents, Chumphon was continuously the location of many communities since the pre-historic period, especially in the area near the Tha Taphao River banks.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 "Chumphon" is believed to derive from "Chumnumphon", which means the accumulation of forces. Whenever there were any movements of the army, the soldiers would gather their forces here at this province.

Other sources believed that it could have derived from a local plant named "Maduea Chumphon" due to its richness in this area. Therefore, naturally, this plant has become a symbol of the logo of Chumphon Province.

:: Attractions

Popular charming mainland beaches include Hat (beach) Pharadonphap, Hat Pha Daeng (Red Cliff Beach), Hat Arunothai. Hat Arunothai is suitable for camping with hiking trails and rock-climbing nearby. Other peaceful bays with beautiful beaches include Ao Thung Makham (Tamarind Field Bay), and Ao Tung Wua Lan. Another one is Hat Sai Ri (Arc Sandy Beach), famous site of the shrine dedicated to H.R.H. Prince Chumphon, the founding Father of the Royal Thai Navy, in the form of an ancient British motor torpedo gunship.

Slightly 30 minutes boatride from the mainland are the picturesque islands of the Mu Koh Chumphon National Marine Park consisting of Koh Samet, Koh Mattra, and Koh Thong Lang. Koh Rat is ideal for camping, fishing, and scuba diving. Rocky beaches and coral beds infused with sea fans surround Koh Chorake (Crocodile Island), making it perfect for scuba diving. Cliff-dwelling sea swallows inhabit and build their nests on the islands of Maphrao (Coconut), Rang Nok Island or Lanka Chiu Islands. Their nests are prized delicacies of local gourmets and the Chinese population in Thailand. Collecting it can be a very dangerous task, reserved only for the truly skilled workers. Because of the danger of unauthorised poaching, visitors must seek permission to visit the islands from the company possessing the nest-collecting concession.

Wat Thep Charoen, or better known as Wat Tham Rub Raw (Temple of Rub Raw Cave), contains a total of 8 main caves situated on a hillside. Mystical myths passed down through each generation is that 2 of the caves, Tham A-thay (Beginning of the Caves) and another cave further in, contains hidden treasures. The caves houses an ancient, sacred Buddhist image, the city's guardian, believed to date back to 548 B.E., and beautiful stalactites.

Khao Chedi Ayuthaya style chedi (pagoda) which is on the top of the hill. Respected Pra Burapa Banphot is next to the chedi. Admire the beautiful views around Pa Thiew District and the district center, Khao Plu, Khao Maew as well as the wonderful coast of Pa Thiew.

 
 
 
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Provinces consists within Region

01. CHUMPHON
02. KRABI
03. NAKHON SI THAMMARAT
04. NARATHIWAT
05. PATTANI
06. PHANG-NGA
07. PHATTHALUNG
08. PHUKET
09. RANONG
10. SATUN
11. SONGKHLA

12. SURAT THANI
13. TRANG
14. YALA