From Chon Buri Province

The gateway to various coastal towns in the East, Chon Buri is about 80 kilometres southeast of Bangkok.

Administravely, there are ten Amphoe (districts), namely, Muang Chon Buri, Nong Yai, Phanat Nikhom, Ban Bung, Phan Thong, Bo Thong, Si Racha, Bang Lamung, Sattahip and Ko Si Chang.

Wat Yai Inthraram

Located on Chetchamnong Road, the temple, which is believed to have been built in the Ayutthayaperiod, clearly shows the influence of Ayutthaya-style architecture. The Ubosot and Vihan were built in their distinctive Gunwale Curve base and the Mondop were built over the Holy Footprints.

The Ubosot itself was renovated during the reign of King Rama lll using glassware to decorate the gables and windows. Within the Ubosot are murals covering the entire four walls, which have been continuously restored over the years. In front of the temple stands a statue of King Taksin the Great who according to legends once stopped his troops here while on the way to set up his base in Chanthaburi during the Fall of Ayutthaya in 1767.

Ho Phra

Located on Wachiraprakan Road, approximately 500 meters from the town hall, the shrine houses a replica of the Phra Phutthasihing the one that was cast in pure silver. The image receives utmost respect by the locals.

The Marine Scientific lnstitute

Burapha University operates a modern aquarium with real underwater environment and a marine science museum which opens daily, except Monday, from 8.30a.m.to 4.30 p.m. For more information, call (038) 391671-4.

Talat Chaksan

Long Known for its fine basketry products, Phanat Nikhom originally made them for daily use. The products were gradually developed into more elaborate and marketable hand-crafted items. The major market is at Talat Chaksan behind the Municipa Market I.To view the production process and higher quality items pay a visit to the Promotion Center Bamboo Basketry Skills on Intha-asa Road near the district office, which is a royally-initiated project of Her Majesty the Queen.

Ko Loi

A small island near the northern shore of Si Racha, Ko Loi is connected to the mainland by a bridge. This is a popular recreational location for the local people. A flight of stairs leads up to the breezy hilltop, which offers a delightful view of the sea.

Hat Thian Thale

Hat Thian Thale is a new tourist location inside the Navy’s Surface to Air and Coast Department General Headquarters. Thian Thale Beach is a sand beach dotted with small knolls, and is approximately 900 meters long. It has a fantastic scenery from the beach, cliffs in different shapes and offers an opportunity to view beautiful sunsets. It also has a marine research center, kayaks for rent, and restaurant for tourists. For more information please contact Tel. 0 3824 5753-60 ext 066-6176.

Panarak Park

Panarak Park can be reached by proceeding 5 kilometers on Phonprapha Nimit Road off of Highway No. 3 at Km. 145. The park is a nature-based recreational facility with fishing gear for rent that is ideal for relaxation through fishing activities. Tel: 0 3824 9605-6.

Baan Sukhawadee

A European style mansion by the sea houses a statue of Kuan Yin and other sculptures that express the philosophy of living. Buildings in the compound include The Buddha Dome, a restuarant and sourvenir shop.

For more information please call 0 2944 2144 Fax. 0 2944 2145   Website: www.sukhawadee.net  E-mail: info@sukhawadee.net

Saithip Butterfly Garden

The garden is located at Km. 10 marker off of Highway No.36. Covering an area of 15 acres, the garden is recognized as Asia’s largest butterfly garden. A bee museum and an orchid farm, which is located next to the butterfly garden, are also worth visiting. The garden opens daily from 8.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. Admission fee is 80 baht for adults and 40 baht for children. Call 0 3829 8330 for more information and reservations.

CMT Flying Club

This is a world-class sports flying complex located at Km.10 marker, off of Highway No.36, on the way to the Khao Kheow Open Zoo. The CMT Flying Club provides a manicured turf runway for use by both light and ultra-light aircraft and has designated flying areas for radio-controlled (RC) model aircraft flying. The club also provides comprehensive facilities for its members and visitors, including a government certified flying school, aircraft maintenance centre and RC model shop. Taking an enjoyable, 15-minite flight on a light aircraft with a skilled instructor will cost 1,300 baht per person. The club is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 0 3827 3250-7 for more information.