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Chumphon (ชุมพร) is a city at the Central Gulf Coast of Southern Thailand. It is the provincial capital of Chumphon Province.With numerous direct flights daily from Bangkok to the reopened Chumphon Airport in Pathio - Pathiu District, it's the gateway to the Chumphon Archipelago, including the islands of the Gulf of Thailand, Koh Samui, Koh Phanganand Koh Samui.

Understand[edit]

Bird's Nest Collectors' Bungalows perched atop Ko Ngam Noi

Chumphon Province is located in the top of Southern Thailand. With its own airport, Chumphon Airport located in Pathio District, it is known as the gateway to the southern region. Chumphonn has been able to maintain its natural beauty largely untouched by tourism and unspoiled by time. Chumphon is an elongated province with 220 km (137 mi) of coastline offering many fine-sand beaches, like Thung Wua Laen and attractive offshore islands. There is plenty of opportunities for sightseeing, walking tours, sunbathing, swimming, canoeing, cave exploring, night squid fishing, fishing, yachting, paragliding, diving and snorkelling. The Province has numerous National Parks and tropical islands plus caves, waterfalls and coral reefs.

Get in[edit]

Air travel via Chumphon Airport, Pathiu District is the fastest way to get to Chumphon and onwards to the islands, alternatives include boat, rail,and bus. Various ferry companies operate boats to Chumphon with bus service into the centre of town. For those in the islands of the Gulf of Thailand wishing to return to Bangkok, Chumphon is a more direct than returning via Surat Thani.


By air[edit]

Chumphon Airport is located 30km north of Chumphon City in Pathio District (alternative spelling Pathiu). It has direct multiple daily flights connections with Bangkok's two airports, Don Meueng Airport - Budget & Low cost flights (DMK) and Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK). There are also onward flights to Ranong Airport (UNN). Flights from Bangkok are around 50 minutes. The airport is located 5 minutes from the unspoilt beaches of Pathio and direct access to onwards island connections.

Airlines serving Chumphon Airport, Pathio.

Nok Air operates two daily flights between Bangkok (Don Muang, DMK) and Chumphon Airport, Pathio District, Chumphon (CJM).

Happy Air operates a flight between Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport BKK) to Chumphon and onwards to Ranong and Chumphon to Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport) 6 times a week (Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat and Sun).

Services at the Airport.

The airport has transit agents for onward travel to Chumphon town, Chumphon Archipelago including the islands Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and onto Koh Samui.

Chumphon Coffee and gift shop adjacent departure gates offer latte, cappuccino and fruit smoothies.

Fame Tours and Services have a counter at arrivals hall offering transfer and hotel services.

Lomprayah has an counter at the airport offering direct connections to the pier for High Speed Catamaran transfer services between Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, Koh Tao and Chumphon.

The TAT Tourism Authority of Thailand, Chumphon has a tourism information counter offering information on the region adjacent to the airline counters.

By bicycle[edit]

There are many smaller roads with little traffic north and south of Chumphon making it ideal for cycling tours., Chumphon has several modern bicycle shops where most parts and repairs can be made. The Pathio District of Chumphon has generous dedicated bicycle lanes along the main coastal road, the lanes are highlighted in red paving.

By car[edit]

From Bangkok, take either Phutthamonthon-Nakhon Pathom-Phetchaburi route or Thonburi-Pak Tho route (Hwy 35) then turn onto Hwy 4 (Phetkasem) at Amphoe Pak Tho, passing through Phetchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan Provinces before arriving at Pathom Phon intersection. Take the left turn to go into Mueang Chumphon via Hwy 4001 for another 8 km.

From the Chumphon Airport north to Prachuap Khiri Khan the Pathio District has created a dedicated scenic route following the coastline. The route passes numerous unspoilt beaches, caves, fishing villages and seaside temples.

By bus[edit]

The public bus service operates from two terminals. The main one is 11 km out of town on the Surat Thani road, and buses from Bangkok and most other places will stop there.

The other terminal is located in town, and buses go to and from Hat Yai/Phuket/Ranong.They now also go to Bangkok. In both directions they stop at the distant terminal both coming and going.

The Transport Co.Ltd. provides air conditioned buses from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal, Borom Ratchonni Rd to Chumphon daily. For detailed information, call Tel. 0 2435 5605, 0 2435 1199.

Air-conditioned buses from private operators:

  • Chok Anant Tour Co.,Ltd. Tel. 0 2435 5027, 0 2435 7429 (Bangkok), and Tel. 0 7751 1480, 0 7751 1757 (Chumphon) (Chumphon numbers in service on 29 January 2014)
  • Suwannathi Tour Co.,Ltd. Tel. 0 2435 5021, 02435 5026, 0 2435 5030 (Bangkok), and Tel. 0 7751 1422, 0 7750 1535, 0 7751 1244 (Chumphon)

Big a/c buses with onboard toilet from both companies depart a few times each day (April 2014: e.g. 1pm, 2pm daily, 295bht, you can easily buy tickets on the same day inside the modern bus terminal), take about 7 hours to reach Bangkok and cost B380 or B590 one way.

Minibus from Surat Thani will cost B170 and takes about 2.5 hours.It arrives in the minibus street as listed below.

To get to and from these three bus terminals:

a) The distant one: Several kilometres out of town in the middle of nowhere! This is the Southern Bus Terminal. Buses from Chokeanan Tour and Patchraporn Tour stop off in here, 11 km from Chumphon city, south along Hwy 41.

To get into town from here, wait for a silver coloured minibus to turn up - these minibuses are the ones which go to and from Hua Hin, Surat Thani and similar places. They always stop here inward and outward, so you want an inward one. and you will be taken into town for 50 baht, and dropped off at a place you request (as at June 2012).

To get to it: You can hire a taxi or, the cheapest option: turn left from Saladaeng Rd onto Prachauthit Rd and walk about 300 m. On the right is a 7-11 and on the left is the in-town bus station. Continue another 200 m to the intersection of Pinijkadee Rd on the right and walk along this for about 100 m. On the other side of the road are white songthaews which go regularly and stop at the bus station. Cost: 50 baht.

b) The bus terminal in-town: Walk along Saladaeng Rd, away from the railway station road, with the Fame Guest house on your left, for about 300 m. Turn left into Prachauthid Rd and walk some 300 m and you will see a 7-11 on your right and a street opposite. On this street, which curves sharply left, there is a Yamaha dealer near the corner, and the bus terminal is immediately next to the left of this.

c) The minibus terminal: This is on Krum Liang Rd (the cheap eats road, at the left end of which is the railway station). Turn right onto it off Saladeng Rd and walk about five minutes, looking up to your right. You will eventually see up an alley a series of minibuses which go regularly to Surat Thani and Prachuap/Hua Hin (every 50 minutes from 5.30am to 6pm to Hua Hin) and these stop at Prachuap first). Allow 4 hours to get to Hua Hin as you have to change in Prachuap. Fares to Prachuap, 180 baht, and then on to Hua Hin, another 90 baht. To Prachuap takes 2.5 hours.

By train[edit]

The railway station is in the centre of Chumphon town, another station is located north in Pathio which is closer to the Chumphon Airport. The State Railway of Thailand provides daily rapid and express train services departing from Bangkok’s Hualamphong Railway Station. Further information, call Tel. 1690, 0 2220 4334, 0 2220 4444 or Chumphon Railway Station at Tel 0 7751 1103. For the Thonburi Railway Station (Bangkok Noi), there are ordinary and rapid trains leaving for Chumphon daily. For further information, call tel 0 2411 3102, 0 2621 8701 Ext. 8285106 or http://www.railway.co.th.

If coming from Hua Hin: the fare for the basic non-air conditioned train will cost 49 baht and take about 5 hours. An air conditioned two-carriage train (423 baht) leaves a little earlier and is much quicker (approximately 3 hours) but must be booked in advance. Train leaves around 11:30 (there are others though).

Get around[edit]

Local public buses (Route: Chumphon – Sawi – Lang Suan) park in front of the Chumphon market, Tha Taphao Rd from 06:00-18:00.

Motorbike taxi at railway station

Taxis are available at the taxi stand which is opposite the Chumphon Bus Terminal, the in-town terminal. From here buses go to Ranong, then Phuket (08:00, 10:00, 11:15). Pay on the bus. To Ranong is 2.5 hours, and Phuket, 7 hours (although the bus is usually an hour late arriving!) The bus goes first to the distant (10 km out-of-town) terminal.

For the terminal some 10 km out, you will find yourself in the middle of nowhere! See above on how to get to and from.

There are local songthaews but you need local knowledge to know where they are going. White and maybe red ones appear to go at some point to the distant bus terminal (see earlier).

To orient yourself within the town:

The railway station is located on Krum Liang Rd. If arriving via train, leave via the ticket office onto this road and walk past the three old steam locomotives mounted in the nature strip. 200 m on is the intersection with Saladaeng Rd. Directly ahead on this same road is where the cheap eats are. Turn right onto Saladaeng. This appears to be the main hotel strip. You will soon pass the Fame Guesthouse on your left, followed by Sri Chumpon (right), Suriwong (right), and Paradorn (left some 100 m along Soi 4).


If you want to go to Sairee Beach, which is some 15Km out of town, take a songteow from Praminmanka Rd - it leaves about 200 metres from where the white songteows to the Bus terminal go in Pinijkadee Rd(see above), and you turn to the left out of that road. They go to and from about every 30 minutes.The songteows are large trucks - you cannot miss them! Cost is B30 for the trip and the beach is worth a look. There are cheap eats there as well as an important military memorial.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Thung Wua Laen - Running Bull Beach - A long white sand beach located in Pathio District 15km north from the city and 19 km south of Chumphon Airport. Thung Wua Laen has a lot of great activities like diving, snorkeling, kayaking, kite surfing, beach sports. the beach has numerous resorts, bars and restaurants.
  • Ao Bo Mao - Spring Tree Bay - The main beach of Pathio District (also spelled as Pathiu) is named Ao Bo Mao. It consists of fine white sand and stretches for several kilometers along a paved road. The beach of Ao Bo Mao is ideal for travellers, who appreciate peace, nature and long walks on the beach. There are a number of bungalow resorts and restaurants right and left of the road, all located relatively far apart. The beach is 1 km from Chumphon Airport with direct flights to Bangkok daily on Nok Air and Happy Air. Boats can be hired at the beach to the nearby Ko Khai (Egg Island), the trip takes 15 minutes to a small mountainous island with coral reefs and a single sand beach.
  • Ao Thung Makham (อ่าวทุ่งมะขาม) - These bays are divided into outer Ao Thung Makham and inner Ao Thung Makham. The bays look like a line of 2 semicircles. Roughly in the middle lies a peninsula where rocks, large and small, are scattered surround in mysterious fashion. This peninsula serves divides the bays. On the north side lies inner Ao Thung Makham, with a white sand beach that stretches for 1 km bordered by coconut trees. The distances of the inner and outer Ao Thung Makham from Chumphon city centre are 27 km and 31 km respectively, using the same highways as going to Hat Sai Ri with the directions shown along the way.
  • Hat Sai Ri (หาดทรายรี) - About 20 km along Hwy 4119 and 4098 with regular bus services from the town centre (take a songthaew from the square by the city pillar shrine). This long smooth white sand beach is shaded by majestic pine trees and affords some spectacular views of nearby islands. Colourful boats lie berthed by the beach, which is lined with restaurants selling fresh seafood. A monument commemorating the late Admiral Prince of Chumphon is located nearby, complete with a well-preserved WWII warship. A hillside temple at the site offers a panoramic view of the entire area.
  • Khao Chao Mueang (เขาเจ้าเมือง). About 2.4 km from Hat Sai Ri is Khao Chao Mueang, the district’s highest observation point. Its panoramic views of the coast and far out into the distant archipelago are rivaled only by the peace and tranquility offered by the secluded beach located at the base of the mountain.
  • Khao Phang Forest Park (วนอุทยานเขาพาง). About 12 km south of town, about km493 on Hwy 4. Khao Phang Forest Park is one of the province’s newest attractions. Within the national park, there are a great variety of tropical trees, making the park a shady and restful sojourn for nature lovers and a must for students of forestry. A hill, covering an area of about one square kilometer, is located behind the park providing a commanding view of the entire area.
  • Mo Ku Chumphon National Park (National Park Visitors Centre), towards Hat Sai Ri (take local bus near PO or see local travel agent). Take the wooden bus to the fairly new and surprisingly modern visitors centre. Walk the boardwalks through the mangrove forests and over creeks. Ask at centre for other walks available. The actual national park area of Chumphon Province is huge and takes in islands, reefs, beaches, jungle, mountain, creeks, ocean and mangroves. You can stay overnight here--there's a camping area, and bungalows at the Pong Pang Viewpoint go for 600 baht per night, and accommodate 2 persons—add 100 baht for each extra person. Dorm beds with no bedding for 50 baht. There are also two restaurants. A good place to visit to make the best of your stay in Chumphon. entry: 200 baht.  edit
  • The National Museum of Chumphon (พิพิธภัณฑสถานแห่งชาติชุมพร), +66 77 504 105/4246, [1]. Any trip to Chumphon should start at the national museum. Established in 1995 at Khao Samkaew, the museum provides a provincial overview, ranging from prehistory through to the present. Even for those who are not overly interested in history, the museum’s attractive displays and media resources will fascinate and inform. The museum is divided into ground floor and the upper floor, and is open to the public from Wednesday to Sunday, 09:00–16:00.
  • Prince of Chumphon Shrine (ศาลเจ้าพ่อกรมหลวงชุมพร), Moo 7 Tambon Hat Sai Ri. It is 20 km from Chumphon city centre, along Hwys 4119 and 4098. To get here, use a songteow to Sairee Beach. See above. It is right at the corner as the songteow turns to run along the beach road. This is a sacred place for the people of Chumphon and nearby provinces. At the shrine stands the monument of Admiral Phra Borommawong Thoe Kromluang Chumphon Khet Udomsak. The shrine is on the north side of Hat Sai Ri facing towards the sea. There is a museum with exhibits of the admiral. A large torpedo boat named the Royal Chumphon is also here. It is 68 m long and 6.55 m wide. This ship was decommissioned on 26 November 1975. The Royal Thai Navy turned over the ship to Chumphon Province in 1979. After that it was placed near this monument in commemoration of the admiral.

See above how to get to Sairee Beach.

  • Wat Chao Fa Sala Loi (วัดเจ้าฟ้าศาลาลอย). About 8 km from town on the Chumphon–Ao Thung Wua Laen road. To get there, travel along an asphalt road for 6 km and continue the journey along a brick road for another 2 km. At this temple lived Luang Pho Song Chanthasaro, a famous religious teacher who passed away at the age of nearly 100 years. His body remains undecayed. This monk is revered by the people of Chumphon and nearby provinces.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • Activities In and Around Chumphon. Self-made sightseeing tours by local bus, train or motorbike. Snorkelling off local unspoiled islands, rafting and jungle trekking, night squid fishing, canoeing, fishing,kite surfing, fire fly watching, shooting range, sports at stadium, walks, visit temple caves, lakes, paddle boats, beaches, caves, golf, massage, and festivals.  edit

Activities[edit] Raptor Watching Festival (เทศกาลดูเหยี่ยวอพยพ) In the southern coastline of Chumphon, especially in October every year, the raptors flew pass Thailand to Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia or to Australia. Specifically, Chumphon, Thailand.

Visit Fruits Garden (เยี่ยมชมสวนผลไม้) A variety of tropical fruit gardens, Such as orange (Cho-gun), Papaya, Mangoesteen, Durian, Dragon fruits, and orchid flower garden.

Snorkeling and Diving (ดำน้ำชมปะการัง) There are 44 islands located of coral reef range, Amazing with beautiful sea-world in Gulf of Thailand (Ao Thai). In the Thung Wua Laen beach in north of Chumphon you can find the Wet Cats Center, one of the best destination for Snorkeling and Diving.

Hiking trail and white water rafting in Phato (เดินป่าและล่องแพ อำเภอพะโต๊ะ) In the rainforest of Phato. It is the beginning of river. Which runs through pass the mountain, fruits gardens, to Lang Suan river.

Fireflies Sightseeing (ล่องเรือชมหิ่งห้อย) The both side of Thatapao river. When the sundown from the day. This river covered with the fireflies stayed on Lamphu tree and other trees along the river. It seem to be a great magic light from these bugs.

Bird Watching (ดูนก) Chumphon province connected conastline, Therefore many kinds of bird are living in the mangrove forest are and also flying pass this coastline from Thailand to Malaysia, Indonesia or Singapore.

IPSC Shooting Sport (ยิงปืนระบบรณยุทธ) Extremely sport, shooting game in Chumphon. It provides the shooting stadium (outdoor-indoor), restaurant, swimming pool, fitness center and the professional trainer. Located Arparkorn Rd. (Mueang Chumphon-Hat Thungwaulaen, Pathio), 2 km (1 mi) from the Government center of Chumphon.

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Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Morning Market, Pracha Uthit Rd to Poramin Manka Rd. Bustling early morning market, also has curry stalls and local prices are usually asked. There are often light trucks outside on Pracha Uthit Rd piled high with seasonal fruits such as pineapple, rambutan, and durian.  edit
  • Night market, Krom Luang Rd (walk straight out from rail station, past the vintage rail locomotives, and cross the intersection). Locals flock here in the evening to show off their pet dogs in the front basket of their motorcycles, to eat, and to collect takeaways. Massive selection of foods to choose from in a compact area. More expensive than the other markets but also more fun. Stalls with seasonal durian (whole or ready-to-eat) are on the right-hand side furthest from the rail station.  edit
  • Farang Bar, 69/36 Thatapao Rd (opposite Chumphon Gardens Hotel), +66 77 501 003, [2]. Great western and authentic Thai food. Generous portions and resonable prices. Strong cocktails and aussie-cold beer. Really friendly staff - and a Farang at this award winning eatery.  edit
  • Krua Lung Pod ( Uncle Pod Restaurant ), Ao Bo Mao Beach, Pathio Chumphon (Right on the beach, 1.5 km from Chumphon Airport, Pathio), +6677512065. Thai seafood restaurant located on the beach. Sit in an open sala with views if the long white sand beach and Ko Khai Island. Extensive range of Thai seafood dishes with a full English menu.  edit
  • Reuan Cha Mao Restaurant, Ao Bo Mao Beach, Pathio Chumphon ( Spring Tree Bay) (Nearby Chumphon Airport, Pathio directly on the beach), +6677512070. A timber building with the restaurant upstairs the cuisine is Thai seafood caught by local fisherman. Popular with locals from Chumphon town on the weekends. Cute Thaï ceramics used for decoration. Good views of the bay and island.  edit
  • Jouying Restaurant, 206/1 Saladang Rd ((150 m from train station 30 m on the right side from the main street entrance to train station)), +66914908629. Many local Thai & Expats as well as tourists eat here it has cheap food & Drink and a great place to chill out. Free WI-FI and Ice Cold Large bottles of Chang & Leo beer for only 70 baht. The staff speak Thai & English. Also have Batik Painting for kids to try serves Western and authentic Thai food. from 40-150 baht.  edit


Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Papa's Night Club, (opposite the train station on right corner). Starts 21:30, does not really get going until about 23:00. Closes 01:30. Good bands, DJ,and dancers. No cover charge. Take your own spirits, 200 baht corkage fee plus purchase of mixers and ice buckets.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • A-Te Chumphon Hotel, 36 Thataphao Road, Tambon Thataphao, Amphoe Muangchumphon, Chumphon, Thailand, +66 77 503222, [3]. A-Te Chumphon Hotel is located in Chumphon, Thailand. It offers 56 stylish and well-appointed rooms and suites, all of which have air-conditioning, room security keycard system, IDD, safety box, in room internet broadband, mini bar and complimentary coffee and tea making facilities. Some of A-Te Hotel Chumphon's facilities and services include swimming pool, fitness center, meeting facilities/banquet room, room services, 24 hours security, baggage handling, massage services, car rentals, airport transfer, laundry services, medical services, parking lot, wake-up call and wireless internet access.  edit
  • Armonia Village Resort and Spa, 85 Moo 5, Nachaang, Pathio - Thung Wua Laen - (Running Bull Beach), +6677622899, [4]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Sixteen kilometres from Chumphon on Thung Wua Laen Beach. Eighteen cottage pool view and 50 villas all fully furnished, ready for rent daily, monthly or yearly. The Village has 2 swimming pool, 1 international restaurant, 1 pizzeria and beer garden, fitness center and spa is also available for all guest.  edit
  • Fame Guest House, 188/20-21 Saladang Rd (front of Saladang Soi 6, 200 m from Chumphon train station), +66 77 571 077, [5]. checkout: 11:00. Clean 10-room fan-only guest house. Here you can book transfers to Ko Tao (600 baht) and anywhere else in the south of Thailand. Has a restaurant and bar with Thai and Euro food.Large bottle of Chang beer, 100 baht. Also a comprehensive Western menu. Internet. Car and motorbike rental. Three basic rooms: 1 bed, shared outside bathroom, 150 baht. One double room, outside bathroom, 200 baht. Six double rooms with bathroom and hot shower, 300 baht..  edit
  • Farang Bar, 69/36 Thatapao Rd (ask someone. Chumphon is small.), +66 77 501 003. Farang Bar is a basic guest house with rooms with shared bathroom and free Wi-Fi. The bar and restaurant gets a steady stream of local expats as well as plenty of tourists on their way to the islands or other parts of Thailand.Large bottle of Chang beer, 80 baht. The staff speak a fair amount of English. The offerings include 50 baht 330 ml beers, Western and Thai food. 150-200 baht.  edit
  • Paradorn Hotel, Soi 4, Saladaeng Rd. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. This hotel is air conditioned. Breakfast (Western if you are Western, and Thai if you are Thai) is included in the price and is good. Rooms are good and clean, there is a lift, and staff speak some English. Close to both the railway station (some 400 m) and the in-town bus station (similar distance). 590 baht.  edit
  • Salsa Hostel (ซัลซ่าโฮสเทลชุมพร), 25/42 Krommaluang Rd, +66 77 505 005, [6]. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Hotel standards at hostel prices. Friendly staff are willing to assist guests get ferry tickets, provide information and so on. Free tours are organised occasionally. The hostel offers also a day pass allowing transients to spend a few hours in the hostel while waiting for trains or ferries. The hostel also offers an all-you-can-eat breakfast which includes bread, fresh milk, butter, cornflakes, marmalade, tea & coffee. Eggs, juice, etc., served at extra charge. Breakfast is also available for non-guests for 60 baht. Free Wi-Fi throughout. 250 baht. (10.500966949052453,99.18037533760071) edit
  • Santavee New Rest House, 4 Thatapao Rd, next to Suda (second entrance: Saladaeng Soi 3 - The Lane Bangkok Bank), +66 77 502 147. Run by a very friendly and welcoming family. Clean rooms, lovely garden, bicycle, and motorbike hire, helpful with local directions. Spacious fan room 250 baht, other rooms cheaper.  edit
  • Suda's Guesthouse, 8 Thatapao Rd, +66 77 504 366. Friendly owners, but might try to sell you something. Twin room with fan 250 baht, with A/C 350 baht.  edit
  • Suriya Hotel, Salandaeng Rd. checkout: 12:00. Cheap hotel. Rooms are big and nice, little dusty. Asian toilet. Get an free bottle of water when check in. 190 baht for an single fan room with double bed. 280 baht for a twin room (fan).  edit
  • Had Suay Resort, Ao Bo Mao Beach, Pathio, Chumphon (Spring Tree Bay), +6677512049. Basic Modern and clean bungalows right on the beach. Cable TV and A/C. Each room has a small terrace facing the sea. Views of the long white sand beach and Ko Khai island. No restaurant. Free pickup from nearby Chumphon Airport, Pathio.  edit
  • Reuan Cha Mao Resort, Ao Bo Mao Beach, Pathio, Chumphon ( Spring Tree Bay), +6677512070. Simple two room bungalows with hot shower, a/c and cable tv. Mini Kitchen. Restaurant located across the road beachside and small local mini-mart next door.  edit
  • Pathio Beach New Resort, Ao Bo Mao Beach, Pathio, Chumphon ( Spring Tree Bay) (About 2km from Chumohon Airport, Pathio, Chumphon), +66891962509. Basic timber bungalows and restaurant with rooms located both side of the local road. Restaurant has good beach and island views. Email starunder_1@hotmail.com 500 to 1500 baht.  edit
  • Rain Rim Hard Guest House (Ruen Rim Had Guest House), Ao Bo Mao Beach, Pathio Chumphon ( Spring Tree Bay) (On the beach about 5km from Chumphon Airport, Pathio.), +66860354565. Beach bungalows opposite the beach.  edit


Get out[edit]

  • Ko Samet (เกาะเสม็ด) - One of a group of islands belonging to Chumphon’s National Marine Park. Not to be confused with its better known namesake off the coast from Rayong. This island can be reached from boats departing from Moo 1, Pak Nam, about 8 km from Chumphon. To get there, first take the bus to Pak Nam along Hwy 4119 (Chumphon-Pak Nam), about 17 km. Then take a boat from the shore for 30 minutes to get there.
  • Ko Tao - Well-known as the best diving site in the Gulf of Thailand. Its turquoise water is crystalline. Coconut plantations cover much of the landscape and many beaches are easily accessible by paved road.


There are several transportation options to Ko Tao from Chumphon:

  • Tha Yang Pier - Boats depart from Tha Yang Pier which is 7 km from town and can be reached by taxi. The ride takes 20 minutes. Detailed information for the boat arrival and departure can be obtained by telephoning +66 77 553 0524.

Ko Charoen Car Ferry and Talaysab Car Ferry offer transfer from Chumphon to Ko Tao in bunk bed with air-con. Ko Charoen leaves Tha Yang Pier for Ko Tao every M, W, F at 23:00 and arrives in Ko Tao at 05:30, while Talaysab Ferry leaves every Tu, Th, Sa at 23:00 and arrives in Ko Tao at 05:30. A ticket costs 400 baht. Tourists can get tickets including transfer from town to the pier from the travel agencies in town for the price of 450 baht. There is no car ferry service on Sunday but a modified fishing boat on which the tourists get the mattress with fan.

  • Songserm Rung Rueang Co., Ltd. - Boat leaves from Mattapon Pier daily at 07:00 and arrives Ko Tao at 09:30. From Ko Tao, the departure time for Chumphon is 14:30 and arrival is at 17:30. For further information, contact tel. +66 22 807 897 or 77 456 274.
  • Lomprayah Catamaran Co., Ltd. - Boat leaves from Ao Thung Makham Noi Pier at 07:00 and 13:00 and arrives Ko Tao at 08:45 and 14:45 respectively. From Ko Tao, the boat departs for Ao Thung Makham Noi Pier at 10:15 and 14:45, arriving at 11:45 and 16:15 respectively. Lomprayah also has connections to Chumphon Airport, Pathio and flights direct to Bangkok. If you are a cyclist and wish to bring your bike on the catamaran with you there is an additional charge of 500baht on top of the pp fare of 600baht to Kho Tao

There are minibuses to Prachuap on the way to Bangkok, and to Surat Thani. There are none to Phuket.There are some to Ranong, but from a different location.

From the in town bus station, a bus to Phuket will cost B350,and a free meal is included at Takuapa, some 5.5 hours along. The bus takes a total of 8.5 hours for the trip. Timetable written on the window is not correct! Read the cloth ones to the left of the door and not the window on the right. Times to Phuket (at Dec 2013) are - 5.20, 7.30, 9.30, 10.45, 12.00, 15.00. This bus station also sells tickets to Bangkok, and buses now go from here on a regular basis.


Routes through Chumphon
BangkokBan Krut  N noframe S  Lang SuanButterworth
BangkokBan Krut  N noframe S  RanongSadao





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