Many listings from the former page of Chonburi (province). Most of them are from Chonburi Town, I tried to sort it out the best way, but some listings of Pattaya and other destinations might also still be in there. If you have visited one of these listings, place them back to the right article and add your own personal traveler experience.
Amphoe Mueang Chon Buri
Wat Khao Phra Phutthabat Bang Sai (วัดเขาพระพุทธบาทบางทราย) is on the left side of Sukhumvit Road a slightly prior to Mueang Chon Buri. Originally, there was an ancient Ayutthayan temple at the foot of the hill but it was later ruined. Later, Phraya Phichitchonlakhet, the administrator of Mueang Chon Buri had Wat Phra Phutthabat Bang Sai re-constructed during the reign of King Rama V. Inside the Mondop–a square building with a crown-like cupola- resides the Buddha’s footprint. Moreover, there is a small building on the summit of the mountain housing a Buddha image in the reclining posture. At the foot of the hill, there are many constructions in European style of the King Rama V period. From the end of the fourth lunar month to the second day of the fifth month during the period of the waxing moon, there is a tradition that people will proceed up the hill to pay respect to the Buddha’s footprint. Moreover, there is a Takbat Thewo, alms-giving ceremony at the end of the Buddhist Lent.
Wat Yai Inthraram (วัดใหญ่อินทราราม) Located on Chet Chamnong Road, Mueang Chon Buri, it is an ancient and significant temple of Mueang Chon Buri, influenced by the late Ayutthayan architectural style. The Ubosot was built in its Gunwale Curve base and inside displays very beautiful mural paintings. Above the windows’ edge are the pictures of the gathering of angels. On both of the side walls are paintings depicting the Thotsachat, or the Ten Births (Jatakas) of the Lord Buddha, and the story of Prince Vessantara. Moreover, there is a wooden tri-facade pavilion, where a bronze-cast bejewelled Buddha image called Luangpho Choei resides.
Phra Phutthasihing Shrine (หอพระพุทธสิหิงค์) Situated on Wachiraprakan Road., about 500 metres from the city hall. The shrine houses a replica of the Phra Phutthasihing cast in pure silver. An extremely beautiful icon, it is highly revered by townspeople. Open daily from 8.00 a.m.-4.00 p.m. During the Songkran Festival, there is a procession of the Phra Phutthasihing image around the town to provide an opportunity for the people to conduct a water-pouring ceremony onto the Buddha image for good luck.
Wat Thammanimit (วัดธรรมนิมิตต์) is in Tambon Ban Suan, on the Chon Buri-Phanat Nikhom Road, 1km from the town. It was constructed in 1941 and is a place where the Phra Phutthamongkhon Nimit Buddha image resides. It is a concrete Buddha image decorated with mosaic tiles in the Boarding a Boat posture (The image sits in the European style on the throne. The left hand is placed on his lap, while the right one is hanging by his side.) It is 34 metres high and is situated at the foot of the hill. Along the path to the summit, the scenery of Mueang Chon Buri can be viewed.
Ang Sila (อ่างศิลา) is a seaside fishing village, some 5km from Chon Buri. Most villagers are skilled in making implements from granite. Items made are mainly mortar and pestle widely used in Thai households in the olden times and figurines of animals such as lion, elephant and horse as decorative items.
Near the market are two European-style building in the reign of King Rama IV served as a convalescence home and a retreat for the royal household and foreign high-ranking officials. The buildings are considered the country’s very first seaside residence.
Wihan Thep Sathit Phra Kitti Chaloem or Nacha Sa Thai Chue Shrine (วิหารเทพสถิตพระกิติเฉลิม หรือ ศาลเจ้าหน่าจาซาไท้จื้อ) is in Ang Sila sub-district, covering an area of 4 rai. It is a Chinese shrine, beautifully and gigantically constructed by the Dharma Rasami Maneerat Foundation along the seaside road from Ang Sila to Khao Sam Muk. It is a 4-storey building decorated in the extraordinary Chinese architectural art and housing various Chinese deity images such as Nacha Sa Thai Chue God and 1000-handed Bodhisattva Kwan Yin image, etc. Walking to the upper levels, the splendid beach scenery can be witnessed. It is open daily from Monday to Friday at 8AM-5PM. On Saturday, it is open until 6PM, while until 8PM on Sunday. For more information, contact Tel. 0 3839 8381-4, 0 3839 8399.
Khao Sam Muk (เขาสามมุข) is a low hillock situated between Ang Sila and Bang Saen Beach, along the Road, facing the seashore. A habitat of scores of wild monkeys, the hill-top affords a panoramic view of the Bang Saen Beach. At the foot of the hill are Thai and Chinese shrines highly respected by visitors. Legend has it that the cliff-top was where two lovers jumped to their death because of parental objection.
The Marine Scientific Institute (สถาบันวิทยาศาสตร์ทางทะเล) Situated in the Burapha University at Bang Saen Beach,. It is a modern aquarium with realistic underwater environment. There is a marine science museum which is open daily, except Mondays, from 8.30AM until 4.30PM on weekends open to 5PM and fish feeding demonstration 2PM Admission fee is 100 baht for adults and 50 baht for children. Call 0 3839 1671-3 for more information.
Bang Saen Beach, (หาดบางแสน) is a well-known holiday beach only 14km from the provincial town. From Sukhumvit Road., take a right turn at km 104 and proceed on for another 3km to get there. In 1943, the government built the first holiday resort in the country here. It is now under the supervision of Saen Suk Municipal Administration. Bang Saen Beach is widely popular with Thai holiday-makers who happily romp along the long beach and partake in the tasty food available. Weekends are particularly crowded while it is relatively quiet during weekdays. Fronting the beach are hotels, bungalows, foodshops as well as recreational gears and bicycles for rent.
How to get there: Bus services are available from Bangkok’s Ekkamai Bus Terminal throughout the day. There are also local “Song Thaeo” transports serving Chon Buri town-Nong Mon Market-Bang Saen Beach.
Laem Thaen (แหลมแท่น) is in the area of Bang Saen Beach near Khao Sam Muk. It is a cape reaching out to the sea where pavilions for relaxation and restaurants are situated. There are a lot of people coming to do fishing in the area. Moreover, a beautiful sculpture of a dolphin stands at this place.
Nong Mon Market (ตลาดหนองมน) On Sukhumvit Road., near the entrance Road, to Bang Saen Beach, is the widely popular Nong Mon Market. It offers a vast range of local products but mostly foodstuffs, both fresh and preserved. Among its well-known buys are different types of dried seafoods and local specialties.
The Mangrove Forest Conservation and Study Center for Ecotourism (ศูนย์ศึกษาธรรมชาติและอนุรักษ์ป่าชายเลนเพื่อการท่องเที่ยวเชิงนิเวศน์) is located at Mu 3, Tambon Samet, covering an area of approximately 300 rai. It is an interesting ecotourism attraction. The centre has prepared a 2,300-metre-long wooden boardwalk for visitors to wander in the mangrove nature where its ecological system still remains in perfect condition. Moreover, there are also a bird-watching scaffold and various kinds of mangrove plants such as Kongkang (mangrove), Samet, Samae, Lamphu, etc. Also, there is marine life such as fiddler crab, “Yok Fa”, a new species of crab, as well as, various kinds of fish-eating birds. In front of the center is also a health park. The admission fee is 10 baht for adults and 5 baht for children. It is open daily, as well as, on public holidays from 8:30AM-6:30PM. For more information call 0 3839 8268, 08 1713 9683.
How to get there: Take Sukhumvit Road from Mueang Chon Buri, the similar route to the Chon Buri Provincial Administration Office. Go straight on for 4km until the end of the road.
Amphoe Phanat Nikhom
Phra Phuttha Ming Mueang (พระพุทธมิ่งเมือง) is an engraved Buddha image out of Padauk wood in the posture of subduing Mara. It is the Laotian art, constructed in 1828 by the Laotians who immigrated into this area. Originally, the image was enshrined in an abandoned temple, called “Wat Pha Khao Yai”, which is assumed to be an ancient temple, the first to be constructed in the Phanat Nikhom area. Later, Phanat Nikhom Municipality Office renovated the temple and its compound, as well as, built a Wihan as a residence of the wooden Buddha image at the location where the original Ubosot had been. At present, it is near the community centre of the Phanat Nikhom Municipality Office.
Ho Phra Phanatbodi (หอพระพนัสบดี) is situated in the middle of a pond, opposite the Phanat Nikhom Municipality Office, Mueang Kao Road, Soi 1. It is a place where a replica of Phra Phanatbodi (Vanaspati) is enshrined. It is a dignified standing Buddha image in the blessing posture of the Dvaravati period, whose age is approximately 1,200-1,300 years. It was elaborately engraved out of a delicate black stone. The image is standing on a mythical creature whose characteristics are a mixture of a garuda, a bull and a swan.
Wat Chum Saeng Si Wanaram (วัดชุมแสงศรีวนาราม) is located at Mu 1, Tambon Nong Nang, 13km from Phanat Nikhom Market via Thung Hiang Market along the Highway No. 3284. Then, turn left for 2km. This temple was originally called “Wat Mai Yang Ngam”. The distinguishing point of this temple is Sala Kan Parian–a temple hall for the Buddhist monks’ meeting and religious ceremony, constructed of terra-cotta into modern architecture. It is called Mabunkhrong Building. Moreover, the Ubosot displays interesting religious puzzle paintings.
Luangpho Tio, Wat Hua Thanon (หลวงพ่อติ้ว วัดหัวถนน) is 10km from the centre of the district. Take the Phanat Nikhom–Sa Siliam route to Tambon Hua Thanon, which is the location of the temple. Luangpho Tio is a Buddha image in subduing Mara posture. It is an engraved image of Taeo wood (called Tio wood by the Laotians). During the Songkran period, on 19 April every year, there is a procession carrying the image around the village. It is believed that the image would make all the wishes and success come true.
Sa Siliam (สระสี่เหลี่ยม) is situated at Mu 6, Tambon Sa Siliam. From Phanat Nikhom, take the Phanat Nikhom–Sa Siliam Road, passing Wat Hua Thanon to an ancient pond in a square shape (Sa Siliam), dug into a laterite. According to legend, it is the pond where Phra Rot in the folk story “Phra Rot-Meri”, brought his cock to drink water in this area when he ran a cock fight to make a living for the 12 ladies.
Wat Luang Phrommawat (วัดหลวงพรหมวาส) is situated at Ban Khlong Luang, Tambon Wat Luang on the Phanat Nikhom-Chachoengsao Road, the similar way to Wat Bot. This temple was once a place where the ceremony of drinking an oath of allegiance was conducted. The temple’s compound is large and abundant. Moreover, there are a large number of flying foxes in the trees.
Wat Tai Ton Lan (วัดใต้ต้นลาน) is located at Rai Lak Thong Sub-district on the Phanat Nikhom–Chachoengsao Road. It was constructed in 1905, representing the interesting architecture of the local skilled craftsmen such as the old wooden Sala Kan Parian–a preaching hall, a pair of swan columns, the cement giant sculpture in front of the Ubosot, the ancient Jiangxi Chinese tiles layering the floor of the Ubosot, and the scripture hall or library made of teakwood surrounded by water.
The Basketry Village (หมู่บ้านจักสาน) is located at Mu 1-11, Rai Lak Thong Sub-district. However, the area where the basketwork is widely made is at Mu 10, in the area of Wat Ko Kaeo Khlong Luang, 4km from the district along the Phanat Nikhom-Chachoengsao Road. Turn right and go further for 4km. Bamboo will be woven into purses, baskets, betel sets, etc. in colourful, beautiful and modern patterns. Those interested can purchase the products at shops behind the municipality fresh market (the old market).
Amphoe Bo Thong
Khao Cha-ang (เขาชะอางค์) is 30km from the centre of the district. It is an isolated limestone mountain standing on a plain and an important source of gold and antimony. Khao Cha-ang comprises of Khao Cha-ang Song Khrueang, Khao Cha-ang Ha Yot and Khao Cha-ang On. Inside each mountain are various beautiful caves such as Tham Nam, Tham Khangkhao, Tham Laplae and Tham Mangkon.
Tham Khao Cha-ang Song Khrueang (ถ้ำเขาชะอางค์ทรงเครื่อง) is 19km from Bo Thong District in the east. It is a large cave with a carrying capacity of thousands of people and a location of beautiful stalagmites and stalactites, as well as, a habitat of a large number of bats.
Tham Khao Cha-ang Ha Yot (ถ้ำเขาชะอางค์ห้ายอด) is 7km further from Khao Cha-ang Song Khrueng. It is also a big cave of stalagmites and stalactites. Moreover, inside is divided into many small chambers.
Adventure with the Army
Major Hotel operates gourmet restaurant, cocktail lounges, discotheques, nightclubs and supper clubs which offer excellent food, drinks, music and international entertainment. Such establishments are ideally suited to family entertainment.
Nightlife beyond Pattaya’s hotels is more liberated and exciting. Discotheques, transvestite cabarets, nightclubs, coffee shop, karaoke bars, open-air bars and restaurants with live music and entertainment compete for attention.
Most of these establishments are located along the Pattaya Beach Road., Pattaya 2 Road., and in South Pattaya, which is also the resort’s major shopping area.
Amphoe Mueang Chon Buri
Amphoe Bang Bueng
Amphoe Mueang Chon Buri
Amphoe Ko Sichang
Famous handicrafts of Chon Buri include Ang Sila’s granite mortars and Phanat Nikhom’s basketry.
Chon Buri is also abundant in fresh and dried seafood. A vast variety of seafood products are normally available anywhere especially at Nong Mon market.
Some recommended specialties at Nong Mon market include
Chaeng Lon (แจงลอน) This is Chon Buri’s special delicacy which uses the same ingredients as Ho Mok (ห่อหมก) with coconut shreds to replace coconut milk. The mixture is hand-molded into small buns on a stick, and charcoal-grilled until cooked.
Hoi Cho (หอยจ้อ) This Chinese delicacy is Chon Buri’s famous dish because a special kind of sea crabs is used as the main ingredient.
Khao Lam (ข้าวหลาม) This specialty is made with sticky rice, sugar and coconut cream cooked in specially-prepared bamboo rods.
Stone Products (ผลิตภัณฑ์จากหิน) such as a mortar, whetstone, engraved stone into animal shapes such as lions, elephants, horses and others are widely offered at Ang Sila, on the way from Chon Buri to Bang Saen.
Products from Pineapple Paper (ผลิตภัณฑ์จากกระดาษใยสับปะรด) are produced in Tambon Nong Kham, Si Racha District. Examples of the products include wine boxes and bags, boxes of tissue paper, perfume boxes, photo albums, folders, sets of envelopes and boxes of paper note. Moreover, there is paper, made of combined ingredients such as that made of banana fiber and of water hyacinth. For more information, please contact Tel. 08 1723 0339.
Basketry Market (ตลาดจักสาน) Long known for its fine basketry products, Amphoe 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 on Ko Kaeo Road, behind the Municipal Market I. To view the production process and higher quality items, pay a visit to the Promotion Center for
Bamboo Basketry Skills (ศูนย์ส่งเสริมฝีมือการจักสานด้วยไม้ไผ่) on Intha-asa Road, near the district office, which is a royally-initiated project of Her Majesty the Queen.
Artificial Fruits Made of Clay (ผลไม้ดินปั้น) are produced at Ban Nong Phrom, Mu 12, Tambom Na Roek, Phanat Nikhom District. Take the Phanat Nikhom–Ko Pho Road, along Highway No. 3246 for 10km. Various kinds of artificial fruits made of clay in miniature size are made, dried by sunlight and painted in actual colours. Then, they are wind dried again. They are suitable for being souvenirs or decorating materials.
Chon Buri Annual Festival (งานนมัสการพระพุทธสิหิงค์และงานกาชาดประจำปีจังหวัดชลบุรี) This fair is held about mid-April during the Songkran Festival. Phra Phutthasihing, Chon Buri’s principle Buddha image, is put in a procession around the city. Also organised are cultural shows, exhibitions and stalls offering various types of products.
Wan Lai Festival (ประเพณีวันไหล) is a Chon Buri merit making day of the seamen on the Thai New Year during the Songkran Festival, organized during 13-20 April every year. There is alms-offering to the monks, ceremony of pouring water onto the Buddha’s image, sand pagoda making, splashing water and local games and sports in Chon Buri. The areas where the Wan Lai Festival is organized are as follows:
Pattaya–Na Kluea Wan Lai Festival and Na Kluea Kong Khao Fair (งานประเพณีวันไหล พัทยา- นาเกลือ และงานกองข้าวนาเกลือ) are organized on 18-20 April every year at Lan Pho Public Park, Na Kluea and Wat Chai Mongkhon in South Pattaya. Various activities are organized such as a water pouring ceremony to seek blessings from the elderly, Wan Lai procession and amusing water splashing among locals and tourists.
Songkran Si Maha Racha Festival and Kong Khao Tradition (งานประเพณีสงกรานต์ศรีมหาราชาและงานประเพณีกองข้าว) is an ancient festival of the Chon Buri locals. At present, Si Racha District still preserves this tradition and organizes it every year, during 19-21 April, to worship the gods who have been protecting them throughout the year. Activities comprise of the procession led by the elderly and various organizations in traditional Thai costume, a worship ceremony, spirit offering ceremony, Kong Khao tradition demonstration, local games, demonstrations, and sales of traditional desserts and local food.
Ko Phra Sai Wan Lai Festival, Bang Saen (งานประเพณีก่อพระทรายวันไหล บางแสน) is the festival which has been conducted by the Saen Suk people from the past. Originally, it was called “Ngan Thambun Wan Lai”, a gathering of people from various villages to do the merit making in the Songkran Festival or the Thai New Year Day, taking place on 16-17 April, every year. Monks from every temple in Saen Suk Sub-district are invited to perform the religious ceremony. There is merit making, food offering and bahting ceremony. Later, there are activities of sand pagoda making, water splashing, local games and sports, etc.
Ngan Bun Klang Ban and Phanat Nikhom Basketwork (งานบุญกลางบ้าน และเครื่องจักสานพนัสนิคม) are traditions that have been passed on for a long period of time of the Phanat Nikhom people. They are organized on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in the first week of May or the Thai 6th lunar month. The locals will bring food, offer them to the monks, and dedicate the merit to the guardian spirits, enemies from a former life, the deceased relatives, as well as, to drive out bad things, to ask for rain during the season and to wish for abundant food and plants. After the religious ceremony, there is lunch, local games and a demonstration of Phanat Nikhom basketry making.
Chon Buri Buffalo Race (งานประเพณีวิ่งควาย) This is a long-established celebration of this most useful animal of Thai farmers. A fun-filled event, it is held not only in Chon Buri itself but also in Ban Bueng and Nong Yai districts. The beasts of burden are dressed outrageously or with admirable creativity by owners depending on their imagination. Assembled in the courtyard in front of the town hall, the buffaloes partake in racing, or take part in physical fitness and “fashion” contests.
Chon Buri (1 Day Trip)
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Amphoe Mueang Chon Buri
Bang Saen Beach
Amphoe Mueang Chonburi
Chon Buri Town
Bang Saen Beach
Amphoe Phanat Nikhon
--globe-trotter 14:04, 2 February 2010 (EST)