Chanthaburi

“Located within less than 240 kilometres from Bangkok, Chanthaburi is a provincial capital situated in eastern Thailand. The town is a much used transportation hub for reaching the idyllic islands of Koh Kut and Koh Chang and some Cambodian border crossings, located one to two hours away. From Bangkok there are daily transport services to and from the bus station of Chanthaburi. Buses depart from both the Northern Bus Terminal (Mo Chit 2) and from the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai) for the four-hour trip. There are also mini-bus departures from the Victory Monument.

At the Chanthaburi bus station travellers are numerous motorcycle taxis and many songthaews are readily available as well, although there are no tuk-tuks here. The old part of town is home to several decent restaurants, and the street food stalls at the market serve cheap and tasty meals. A number of accommodation options are also on hand.

Chanthaburi houses Thailand’s biggest Catholic cathedral (Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception), which was constructed in 1909 and is located on Chanthanimit Road. The original spires of this Gothic structure were removed during WWII. Other worthwhile attractions are the serene Khao Laem Sing Forest Park and the interesting historic site of Khai Noen Wong, which was founded in 1834 during the time that King Rama III ruled the country.”