Chonburi

“Chonburi is about 100kms east of Bangkok, on the Gulf of Thailand and has remained a popular seaside town and get away spot. Although close in distance, the journey from Bangkok to Chonburi can still take upwards of an hour and a half, mainly because of the heavy traffic.

Buses to Chonburi from Bangkok are available either from the Eastern Bus Terminal (Ekamai), or the Northern Bus Terminal (Mochit). Services are very regular, departing every 30 to 40 minutes, using either air-conditioned buses or cheaper 2nd class vehicles. Another option to avoid the traffic is to catch the the Skytrain to Suvarnabhumi Airport, and grab a bus departing to Chonburi from there.

Another cheap way to Chonburi from Bangkok is by train. There is one daily departure from Hua Lumphong station in Bangkok to Phlu Ta Luang railway station in Chonburi. The station is a little southwest of the town centre, while the bus station is to its northeast. To travel around town you can use the local shared taxis known as rotdang, or a motorcycle taxi. Both are plentiful.

In recent years Chonburi has been overshadowed by the party zone of Pattaya just to the south, but there is still plenty to see and do in town, particularly if you are seeking something quieter and less hectic than Pattaya. There are several beautiful beaches on the gulf coast, or you can head up for a magnificent view at Khao Sam Muk, a famous 45m hill. There is an abundance of high quality hotels in Chonburi; most are located either side of the Sukhumvit Road which runs through the centre of town.”