Chumphon

“Boasting 125 miles of coastline, Chumphon is home to numerous desolate and wonderful beach areas along with some of the Gulf Coast’s finest snorkelling and diving opportunities. The city of Chumphon is the gateway to southern Thailand.

Chumphon has two public bus stations. The main one is situated on Surat Thani Road, about seven miles out of town, and the other is situated in town. From here buses follow routes to Hat Yai, Ranong and Phuket. From Bangkok’s Southern bus station, daily air-conditioned buses service Chumphon’s main terminal, taking around eight hours. Daily rail service is also available from Bangkok’s Hua Lumphong station to Chumphon.

Chumphon is a great destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Some of the available recreational outdoor activities include: snorkelling, canoeing, jungle trekking, fishing, diving, kite surfing, hiking, bird watching and white-water rafting. Located north of Chumphon, Wet Cats Center on Thung Wua Laen beach is one of the greatest diving and snorkelling destinations.

From Chumphon it is easy to reach Koh Tao. Tha Yang Pier is located less than 10 kilometres from town and is accessible by taxi. From here boats sail to Koh Tao, a 20-minute trip. Not far from town, near Hat Sai Ri, is Mo Ku Chumphon National Park. Here, travellers can walk over creeks and through lush mangrove forests. At the park’s visitor centre tourists can ask for information about other scenic walks.

Chumphon Province’s actual national park region is enormous and takes in mangrove forests, creeks, mountains, jungles, beaches, ocean and islands. Visitors have the option spending the night here. At Pong Pang viewpoint travellers will find bungalows and a camping zone along with two quality restaurants.

Any visit to Chumphon should commence at the city’s national museum. Opened 15 years ago at Khao Samkaew, this interesting museum provides an overview of the province, ranging from ancient to present times. Even for those visitors who aren’t overly fascinated by history, the media resources and attractive displays will inform and fascinate.”