ChanthaburiOf all provinces in the eastern coast of Thailand, Chanthaburi is lesser known to tourists, partly due to its 250 kilometre distance from Bangkok. However, that does not mean it lacks the beauty a good beach destination has.
Perhaps unknown to many tourists, Khung Wiman Beach, Khung Krabain Bay, Laem Sadet Beach and Chao Lao Beach are both peaceful and picturesque. Their scenic beachside roads are featured in several TV commercials.
Chantaburi province produces high quality fruit, fishery products and gemstones.
The city of Chantaburi is a fairly average Thai midsize city with one great exception; the gems market. Chantaburi town sports the most important gems market in Thailand. Along Gems street there are hundreds of buying offices where gemstones are traded openly for everyone to see as opposed to the secluded gems business in Bangkok.
Buyers, mainly dealers and jewlery producers from Bangkok, sits down in the offices to purchase stones from e.g. Thailand, Myanmar (Burma), Kampuchea, Vietnam, Laos and India. Sales agents - called "runners", visits office after office, displaying their goods in hope to find an interested buyer. If a sale is agreed upon the stones are sent for a thorough check in the lab upstairs to make sure they are what they are supposed to be.For this service both the buyer and the seller pays a procentage of the purchase amount.
Chantaburi district used to have lots of ruby and sapphire mines which today are not profitable. But the cutting factories are still in production, now working with rough material from Kanchanaburi and neighboring contries. And the gems market has never lost it´s world wide reputation.
Khung Wiman BeachThe most scenic beach in Chanthaburi, Khung Wiman has a beautiful beachside road that goes along a fine brown sandy beach and winding hillside roads. The beach is flanked with pine trees while the water is clear and good for swimming. It is considered one of Thailand’s most beautiful beachside roads and often used in TV commercials in Thailand. Next to Khung wiman Beach is Khung Krabain Bay. It is the site of Chanthaburi’s verdant mangrove forests and the Khung Krabain Study and Development Centre under Royal Patronage. You can explore the mangrove forest via an 850 metre-long wooden bridge. Spare at least half an hour.
Laem Sadet BeachLocated opposite Khung Krabain Mangrove Forest, Laem Sadet beach stretches 3 kilometres long on a white sandy beach. The bay is shady with pine trees and fine for swimming. There are a few resorts on this beach.
Chao Lao Beach
Located east of Khung Krabain Bay is Chao Lao Beach. The beach is popular among locals who come here on weekend. It boosts brown sandy beach and shallow water suitable for swimming. There are some good resorts by the beach
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