Chonburi Thailand Hotels and Resorts - Online Reservation Chonburi is the capital of Chonburi Province in Thailand. It is located about 100km east of Bangkok at the coast to the Gulf of Thailand. The name means city of water.

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Ang Sila is a seaside fishing village. 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.

Nacha Sa Thai Chue Shrine The Culturaldiversity of ChonburiWihan Thep Sathit Phra Kitti Chaloem or Nacha Sa Thai Chue Shrine. It is a Chinese shrine. It is a 4-storey building decorated in the extraordinary Chinese architectural art and housing various Chinese deity images.

Khao Sam Muk 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.

Bang Saen Beach is a well-known holiday beach only 14 kilometres from the provincial town. In 1943, the government built the first holiday resort in the country here. It is now under the supervision of Saen Suk Municipal Administration.

Laem Thaen 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.

Sriracha Tiger Zoo At Km 20 on Highway No. 3241 between Pattaya and Bang Saen Beach, or 10 kilometres from Si Racha District, this is a well-maintained zoo with hoards of crocodiles, Bengal tigers, camel, deer, scorpions and more.

Khao Kheow Open Zoo This famous zoo operated by the Zoological Garden Organization and covers a vast tract of forestland. There are more than 200 species of wildlife living in their natural habitual. They include both domestic and imported types.

Ko Sichang Twelve kilometers off the shore of Si Racha is the large island of Sichang offering pleasant and quiet mountain and sea views. Ko Sichang has served as a cargo station since the early days of the country's trading history. It is also the site of a summer palace built during the reign of King Rama V.

Chao Pho Khao Yai Shrine The shrine is a natural architecture masterpiece, revered by both the Thai and Chinese worshippers. From here the front side of the island with a panoramic view of Sichang community can be clearly seen.

Mondop atop Buddha's Footprint King Rama V had this footprint replica installed on top of Khaya Sira Hill. It is another vantage point to admire Ko Sichang and its surrounding.

Hat Tham Khao Phang Hat Tham Khao Phang at the back of the island surrounds this white sandy beach. The sloping beach is thus on the un-windy side.

Khao Khat Pass and Hat Hin Klom The name of "Hat Hin Klom" comes from the rounded rocks on the beach which have been "rounded" by the westerly wind that normally comes from March to September. The white sand makes the beach look clean and clear.

Ko Thai Khangkhao is a small island on the southern side of Ko Sichang where there is a sandy beach and coral. Amphoe Bang Lamung and Mueang Pattaya.

Mueang Pattaya

Hat Pattaya The half-moon-shaped Pattaya beach is about 4 kilometres long with Road, running parallel to the beach. North Pattaya and Central Pattaya are not as busy as the south beach.

Suan Chaloemphrakiat This is a fitness park at the foot of Khao Pattaya. With an area of 6 acres (24,000 m2), the park was dedicated to commemorate His Majesty the King's sixtieth birthday on December 5, 1988.

Hat Chom Thian This 6- kilometre-long beach is only 4 kilometre from Pattaya. A beach Road, runs parallel to the shore along which are hotels and restaurants.

Hat Wong Phra Chan This small tranquil one kilometre beach is on the northern side of Pattaya Bay. The serene atmosphere here is attractive to those longing for a complete rest and privacy.

The Million-Year Stone Park and Crocodile Farm Its grounds are landscaped with flowering and rock gardens. Hundreds of crocodiles as well as some rare animals, including albino bears and horses, are kept.

Mini Siam is a famous model village. It celebrates the heritages of Thailand with miniature replicas of the most famous monuments and historical sites.

Pattaya Elephant Village This elephant camp focuses on daily life of elephants and their masters and also offers stage shows demonstrating how to catch wild elephants, elephants-at-work in the jungle, elephants playing football and a grand war elephants parade.

The Three Kingdoms Park is a beautiful attraction full of the Sino-Thai architectural style. The art objects in this place is in accordance with the Chinese Fengshui, comprising of a 5-storey building, displaying oil paintings of the life story of Kong Ming, as well as, Jiangxi sculptures of leading characters from the chronicle in the Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

Ripley's World of Entertainment is located on the 3rd floor of the Royal Garden Plaza Department Store, on Pattaya Beach Road. Activities are as follows.

The Ripley's Believe It Or Not Odditorium is a museum of a large collection of more than 300 stories and pieces of oddities and amazements from all over the world, owned by Mr. Robert Ripley, an American man.

Four-Dimensional Cinema is a cinema of the future with a special system, creating a feeling of being in an actual situation among the viewers.

The Miracle Labyrinth Witness the modern special effects of lights, colours and sounds in the 16 rooms, as well as, admire the beauty of the mysterious dimensions and illusions.

Pattaya Park and Tower Pattaya Park Beach Resort and Tower at Chom Thian features a large whirlpool with giant sliders and a tower with a revolving restaurant.

Ko Lan This island is 7.5 kilometres from South Pattaya. Most fine beaches with white sand and clear water are on the western side of the island.

Ko Sak Six hundred metres north of Ko Lan is Ko Sak, a small island shaped like an upturn horseshoe. There are two connecting beaches to the north and south.

Mu Ko Phai is 23 kilometres from Pattaya beach comprising Ko Phai, Ko Man Wichai, Ko Lueam and Ko Klueng Badan. Ko Phai is the biggest one and is under the supervision of the Royal Thai Navy.

Wat Sattahip or Wat Luangpho It was constructed during the reign of King Rama V by Luangpho I or Phrakhru Worawet Muni who possessed knowledge of meditation and was the comforter for local in their difficult times. Therefore, the monk was highly respected among the locals.

Hat Toei Ngam Lines of toei trees (Pandanus kaida Kurz) on the 200 metre crescent beach add to the tranquillity of the atmosphere. The northern side of the beach is located a naval museum and monument.

Hat Sai Kaeo is a beautiful beach under the supervision of the Royal Thai Navy and is near the Naval Rating School.

Hat Nang Ram Nang Ram beach is about 200 metres long. At the tip of the beach stands the shrine of Kromluang Chumphonkhetudomsak, the Father of Royal Thai Navy.

Hat Nang Rong is a little beyond Hat Nang Ram. It is a 200- metre beach with pine trees.

Hat Thian Tale It is a sandy beach alternating with rocks, covering an area of 900 metres. It is a panoramic sightseeing point, with a bizarre shape of cliffs where a view of the sunset.

HTMS Chakri Naruebet is an offshore Patrol Helicopter Carrier anchored at the Chuk Samet Deep Seaport. The important missions during wartime are the Flagship of the fleet, controlling and commanding the fleet in the sea, as well as the aircraft carrier and air defence mission.

Turtle Conservation Center, the Royal Thai Navy Its objective is to create love and the preservation awareness towards Thai sea turtles.

Chong Samaesan Village Chong Samaesan is another village offering good fishing opportunities.

Suan Chunlakan Sathit Sathan Banphachon Siam is a park built for Admiral Prince Krommaluang Chumphon Khet Udomsak in 1995. It is situated at Mu 1, Tambon Phlu Ta Luang where a shrine and statues of Prince Krommaluang Chumphon Khet Udomsak and significant persons in Thai history as well as revered Buddhist monks in the past are situated.

Phra Phuttha Ming Mueang is an engraved Buddha image out of Padauk wood in the posture of subduing Mara. It is the Laotian art, constructed by the Laotians who immigrated into this area. It is near the community centre of the Phanat Nikhom Municipality Office.

Ho Phra Phanatbodi It is a place where a replica of Phra Phanatbodi (Vanaspati) is enshrined. It is a dignified standing Buddha image whose age is approximately 1,200-1,300 years. It was elaborately engraved out of a delicate black stone.

Wat Chum Saeng Si Wanaram 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.

Wat Tai Ton Lan 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, the ancient Jiangxi Chinese tiles, and the scripture hall or library made of teakwood surrounded by water.

Khao Cha-ang It is an isolated limestone mountain standing on a plain and an important source of gold and antimony. Inside each mountain are various beautiful caves such as Tham Nam, Tham Khangkhao, Tham Laplae and Tham Mangkon.

Tham Khao Cha-ang Ha Yot It is also a big cave of stalagmites and stalactites. Moreover, inside is divided into many small chambers.*Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden.

Activities

Agro-tourism Attractions Silver Lake Vineyard is located at Mu 7, Tambon Na Jomtien, Sattahip District, covering an area of 400 rai with 12 kinds of grapes, 11 of which are for fresh consumption and the other one is for making wine.

Ecotourism Attractions Ko Kham Underwater Park is an ecotourism attraction within the compound of the Royal Thai Navy in Sattahip. There are many Chan Pha (Dracaena loureiri Gagnep.) trees. It looks like two islands connecting each other with extending land. Snorkelling can be done at the island.

Coral Reef Submarine Tours In Pattaya, there are both submarines and semi-submarines to admire the beauty of the coral reefs underwater in the areas of Ko Lan and Ko Sak.

Local Products

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 . Chaeng Lon. This is Chon Buri's special delicacy which uses the same ingredients as Ho Mok 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. This Chinese delicacy is Chon Buri's famous dish because a special kind of sea crabs is used as the main ingredient.

Khao Lam This specialty is made with sticky rice, sugar and coconut cream cooked in specially-prepared bamboo rods.

Stone Products 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 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.

Basketry Market 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 Artificial Fruits Made of Clay. 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.

Festivals

Chon Buri Annual Festival 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.

Wan Lai Festival 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 are organized on 18-20 April every year at Lan Pho Public Park, Na Kluea and Wat Chai Mongkhon in South Pattaya.

Songkran Si Maha Racha Festival and Kong Khao Tradition 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 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 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 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.

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