:: City Attractions part 1

Chumphon National Museum is l ocated in the Chumphon Governmental Center on Phetkasem Road at the 484-km marker before approaching Pathomphon Junction. The museum displays historical and important ancient materials of Chumphon. The displays are divided into the following parts: History of Chumphon; Chumphon during World War II; Chumphon and the Typhoon; Nature and Outstanding Heritage of Chumphon by means of pictures and movies. The museum is open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday, except official holidays; from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission fee for foreigners is 30 Baht per person. For more details, call 0-7750-4105, 0-7750-4246.

Hat Sai Ri. This scenic and popular beach is about 20 kilometres from Chumphon by Highway No. 4119 and Highway No. 4098. There are bus services from town to the beach. It is a large, curved beach that is a favorite among the Chumphon people for relaxation. There are some accommodations and restaurants available along the beach.

Prince Chumphon's Monument The venue is located at the foot of the hill in Hat Sai Ri area. Prince Chumphon was one of the King Rama V's sons. Being the founder of the modern Navy of Thailand, the Prince was proclaimed "the Father of Thai Navy". He was highly respected by the navy, fishermen, and other people. His picture has been established in most of the houses in Chumphon.

The Monument consists of Prince Chumphon's Shrine for visitors to pay respect. Chumphon Warship is a big, old torpedo warship, measuring 68 x 6.55 metres. This warship was placed out of commision in 1975 and was moved to Hat Sai Ri in 1979.

Herbal Garden is at the foot of the hill along the seacoast. This project was initiated by the Ministry of Public Health to conserve the valued herbs, in order to continue the concept of Prince Chumphon, who was also interested in using traditional medicines to cure people.

Khao Chao Muang This mountain is next to Hat Sai Ri along the coast for 2.5 kilometres. On top of this mountain, there is a pavilion for enjoying the scenery. And around one kilometre further from this area is an open area where a panoramic view of the various islands and the sea can be seen.

Khao Pang Forest Park Situated at the border of Amphoe Muang and Tha Sae, this park is 12 kilometres from Chumphon along Highway No. 4 (Chumphon - Tha Sae route). There are many kinds of plants in the park. At the front, are the park's gate and Prince Chumphon's Shrine. At the top of the mountain is a cut-edge cliff that is suitable for launching hangliders and as a viewpoint for Chumphon town.

Ao Thung Makham This scenic bay area consists of Thung Makham Nok and Thung Makham Nai Bays, and can be reached by using Highway Nos. 4119 and 4098, for 27 km. and 31 km. to Thung Makham Nok and Thung Makham Nai Bays, respectively. They are half-circle beaches, adjacent to each other, separated by a line of rocks. With long lines of coconut trees and quiet surroundings, these beaches have very fine sand. By the south end, Wat Suwan Khuha Khiri Wong or Wat Pong Pang is located under the shade of the coconut trees. At the back of the Wat facing the sea, is a long cliff of more than 80 metres.

Hat Pharadonphap This beach is 12 kilometres from Chumphon by Highway Nos. 4119 and 4098. This is a large beach, parallel to the road, which is shaded by coconut trees.

Hat Pha Daeng Being 14 kilometres from town by the same route to Hat Sai Ri, or 2 kilometres from Hat Pharadon- Phap, this beach has a10-metre red cliff which has been eroded by wind and rain and has been transformed into the shape of a curved bridge. It is also one of the best sites to view the sea and is suitable for relaxation.

Moo Ko Chumphon National Park Having been announced in 1989, this National Park covers a total area of beaches and islands of 198,125 rai (1 acre = 2.5 rai).

The Park's Office is 21 kilometres from town. Using Highway No. 4001, turn right to Hat Sai Ri, then turn right again for 8 kilometres. The Tourist Information Center is connected with a wooden-bridge walkways to facilitate the nature study of plants and animals. Visitors can travel by boat or can stay overnight in their tents near the office.

The beautiful beaches in the Park's area are Thung Makaham Beach, Hat Sai Ri Amphoe Muang, Arunothai Beach in Amphoe Thung Tako, Tong Khrok Beach in Amphoe Lang Suan, and more than 40 islands in the Chumphon Sea such as Chorakhe, Ngam, Samet, Maphrao, Mattra, Thong Lang, Langka Chio Islands, including islands in Amphoe Sawi, Thung Tako. On some islands, there are diving sites, fine white sandy beaches and corals; such as Chorakhe Island in the northern part of the park. Ngam and Lanka Chio Islands have many sea sparrow's nests. Around Ngam Island, there are perfect coral reefs which are interesting sites for diving. Thong Lang Island has a white and beautiful beach. Tourists can hire boats to travel along these islands at the appropriate price. For more information, contact tel: 0-7755- 8144.

Ko Tao Even though it is a small island far off in the sea, it is well known for its beautiful beaches and coral reefs. Although this island is in Surat Thani, it is more accessible by speed boat or regular boat from Chumphon.

Travelling to Ko Tao:
Tourists can use the following boat service as follows:

Tha Yang Pier Tourists can hire a pick-up car from Chumphon to Tha Yang Pier which is about 7 kilometres away. The boat leaves from Ban Mae Hat to Ko Tao every night at midnight and arrives at Ko Tao at 6 a.m. of the next day. On the return trip, the boat leaves from Ko Tao at 10 a.m. and arrives at Tha Yang at 3 p.m. The round-trip fare is 200 baht. For more details, contact Tel: 0 -7755-3052 - 4.

Songserm Rungrueang Co., Ltd. The boat leaves from the pier at 7 a.m. and arrives at Ko Tao at 10 a.m. On the return trip, the boat leaves from Ko Tao at 3 p.m. and arrives at Chumphon at 5.30 p.m. The round-trip fare is 400 baht. For more details, contact Tel: 0-7750-3735.

Ekkawin Tour The boat leaves from Tha Yang pier at 7.30 a.m. and arrive at Ko Tao at 9.30 a.m. On the return trip, the boat leaves from Ko Tao at 10.30 a.m. and arrives at Chumphon at 12.30 p.m. The round-trip fare is 400 baht. For more details, contact Tel: 0-7750-1821, 0-7758-0273 - 4. There is also a boat service leaving from Ekkawin Pier or Lom Lak Pier at 7 a.m. arriving at Ko Tao at 9.30 a.m.. On the return trip, the boat leaves from Ko Tao at 10 a.m. and arrives at Ekkawin Pier at 3 p.m. The round-trip fare is 400 baht.

Military Youth Monument Being 5 kilometres from Chumphon on the left-hand side of Highway No. 4119 (Chumphon - Paknam route), this monument was built to commemorate the bravery of Chumphon's heroes during the fighting against the 1941 Japanese troop invasion in World War II.

Wat Pradoem This temple is an archeological site in old Chumphon, at Tambon Tak Daet. It is on the left-hand side of Highway No. 41 (Chumphon - Surat Thani), after passing Tambon Wang Phai and across Saeng Daet Canal. Some archeological objects were found, such as a sand-stone Buddha image from the Srivijaya Period, and a Chedi containing Lord Buddha's bones. The decoration of the gate, walls and other buildings, portrays the local architectural designs at this temple.

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