Head off the beaten track by exploring Chanthaburi the next time you are in Thailand. Here are five things you should do, in order to get your list started.
1. Chanthaboon Waterfront Community
Get up bright and early and head to the riverbanks to visit the 300-year-old Chanthaboon Waterfront Community which is a myriad of mixed cultures and history.
2. Khao Khitchakut National Park
From January to March the national park is open to the public. The temple situated within the park is said to be the location of Buddha’s footprint. Thousands of pilgrims come annually to pay their respects.
3. Philiu Waterfall
The waterfall is part of a national park and is 3 tiered and absolutely beautiful to behold. The water is crystal clear as is the air and the surrounding park is so green a walk through it will completely heal you.
4. Weekend Gem Market
Rustle up a guide from your local hotel like Chatrium Golf Resort Soidao and head on out to the weekend gem market where you can be surrounded by valuables and haggle for fun.
5. King Taksin Shrine
During the Burma siege in the 18th century, King Taksin recruited soldiers and food in Chanthaburi. After he won the battle, shrines were built in admiration. Explore one of them at leisure. Have a delicious meal at a Chanthaburi restaurant after.