Chumphon province is located in
the most upper part of the southern region. It
is known as the gateway to the southern border
towns. The province is divided into 8 districts.
Chumphon has been able to maintain plenty of natural
resources for tourism which have been untouched
by the tourists and unspoiled by the time. Chumphon
is an elongated province with 220 Kilometers of
the coastline offering many fine-sanded beaches
and attractive off shore islands, with plenty
of opportunities for sunbathing, swimming, yachting,
paragliding, diving and snorkeling.
Tourist Attraction in Muang District
San of Sadej Nai Kromluang Chumphon Khet
This place is in village No. 7, Had Sai Ree
sub-district. It is 20 Kilometers far away
from Chumphon city centre along highway. This
is a sacred place of the people in Chumphon
and nearly provinces.
At this place stands the Monument of Admiral
Phraboromawong Thir Kromluang Chumphon Khet
Udomsak. It consists of San of Sadej Nai Kromluang
Chumphon Khet Udomsak is at the north of Sai
Ree beach. The shrine faces the sea. There
is a museum which shows about his biography
and things which he used. A large torpedo-ship
name the Royal Chumphon is also here. It is
68 metres long and 6.55 metres wide. This
ship was decommissioned on November 26, 1975.
The Royal Thai Navy gave the ship to Chumphon
province in 1979. After that it was put near
Sai Ree Beach
About 20 Kilometers from the town centre
along highway 4119 and 4098, this long expensive
beach is shaded by majestic pine trees and
affords some spectacular views of nearby islands.
With its quaint Somtam (papaya salad) stall
and out door seafood restaurants, Sai Ree
Beach offers peace and relaxation away from
the madding crowd. For historical buff, a
monument commemorating the late Admiral Prince
of Chumphon is located nearby, complete with
a well-preserved WW II warship. A hillside
temple at the site offers a panoramic view
of entire area.
Khao Chao Muang
About 1.4 Kilometers from Sai Ree beach is
Khao Chao Muang, the district's highest observation
point. 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.
Thung Makham Bay
This place is divided into outer Thung Makham
Bay and inner Makham Bay. The bay looks like
a line of 2 semicircles. Roughly in the middle,
lies a peninsula made up of big and small
rocks scattered surround in a mysterious fashion.
This peninsula serves as the bays divider.
On the north side lies the inner Thung MaKham
Bay whose with sand and beach stretches along
with a line of coconut trees about 1 Kilometers.
This island is a village No. 1, Pak Nam Sub-district,
far away from Chumphon city about 8 Kilometers.
First, take a bus along road No. 4119 (Chumphon-Pak
Nam) about 17 Kilometers from this place,
then take the boat for 30 minutes away from
shore to get there. There is the beach at
the top, and at the middle of this island.
It is the Chumphon largest island. This island
is crowned with lots of coconut trees which
make it look beautiful and calm.
The National Museum of Chumphon
Any trip to Chumphon should start at the
national museum established in 1994 at Khoa
Samkaew. The museum provides with an overview
of province, ranging from prehistory through
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 eight
areas of interest.
Khao Parng National Park
About 12 Kilometers south of the town, bordering
Chumphon and Tha Sae District, Khao Parng
National 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 to see for students of forestry.
A hill, covering an area of about one square
Kilometer, is located toward the back of the
park and provides a commanding view of the
Chao Fah Sala Loi Temple
This temple is about 8 Kilometers away from
the municipal area. To get there, you will
travel along an asphalt road for 6 Kilometers
and continue your journey along a laterite
road for another 2 Kilometers. At this temple
lived Luang Pu Song Chanthasaro, a famous
religious teach who passed away at the age
of nearly 100 years and his body still remains
Tourist Attraction in Lang Suan District
Somdej Phra Srinakarin Chumphon Park
This park is in village No. 7. Tha Phra sub-district.
It is about 7 Kilometers from Lan Suan District.
The park is accessible by car. It is an important
park of Lang Suan District and a good place
Khao Ngoen Cave
This cave is in the same area as the park
Somdej Phra Chulachomklao Chaoyuhua (King
Rama V). King Rama V graciously had a pagoda
built in front of the cave when his first
visit of Lan Suan in 1889. The cave's interior
looks like a big hall or a tent. There is
a chimney going through the top. The cave's
wall is also inscribed with King Rama V's
initial Jor. Por. Ror.
Khao Kriab Cave
This is a famous cave. It is an accessible
by car. It is about 80 Kilometers away from
the city centre along Chumphon-Lang Suan Route
or 10 Kilometers away from Lang Suan District.
There are many stalagmites inside. This s
a monk residence at the foot of the hill from
which the 370 steps leading to the cave begin.
This island is in Bang Nam Jued sub-district.
It is one Kilometers away from the shore.
The island has beautiful rocks and many fishing
villages. When the tide is low, you can walk
from the shore to the island.
Tourist Attraction in Thung Tako District
Thub Chang Waterfall
This is a beautiful waterfall in Khlong Phrao
National Park, village No. 5, Tako sub-district,
Thung Tako District. It is surrounded with
many trees, and many animals live here. To
get there, you travel along highway 41 until
you come to a police booth at Sammai, Lang
Suan District. Then turn right into a laterite
road and go on for another 15 Kilometers.
The waterfall is about 65 Kilometers away
from the city centre.
Arunothai Beach on the Tako river estuary
is a scenic area. There is also a memorial
to Prince Chumphon erected here. From Arunothai
beach, boats can be hired to visit many off-shore
The fishing village at Ban Ao Manuang is
located about 14 Kilometers, further on. A
fascinating place, with a quiet and relaxing
air, it affords a vision of typical fishing
community. The lines of coconut trees forming
the backdrop adds colour and live to the scene.
Tourist Attraction in Tha Sae District
Rub Ror Cave (Wat Theep Chareon)
Located in Tambon Tha Kharm about 15 Kilometers
from the Pathomphon intersection. This hilltop
temple cave actually consists of two adjacent
caves, Ai Tay and Pra, which are both, according
to the legend, purported to contain hidden
treasure. The Ai Tay Cave houses an old Buddha
image known affectionately as Luang Poh Poo
Lak Muang, or the town god's revered grandfather.
The caves are further adorned with stunning
stalagmites and stalactites.
Hin Chagn Spirit House
Hin Chang Spirit House is located between
Kilometer 453 and 454 on the Phet Kasem Highway
in Tambon Salui. It is a spirit house with
the image of a revered god.
Tourist Attraction in Sawee District
Wat Tha Kwan Muang
It is located about 2 Kilometers from the
District office of Sawee or about 48 Kilometers
from the provincial town of Chumphon along
the Highway 41. There is a fascinating temple
perched on top of a limestone hill. Besides
possessing a commanding view amid tranquil
surrounding, the temple's house revered Buddhist
Phra Thart Sawee Temple
This temple is near Sawee River. It is 47
Kilometers away from the city centre along
Highway No. 41, around Chumphon-Lang Suan
part. According to the legend, Phar Chao Sri
Thamma Sokaraj and his army took a rest in
Sawee District and found a strange occurrence,
that is, albino crows and other types of crows
flocked together and cried above the debris
from a ruined structured. His Majesty therefore
issued an order to remove the debris. After
removing the debris, they found a large pagoda.
When they dug the ground deeper, they also
found a jar containing the Buddha's relics.
So, His Majesty had his men built a new pagoda
over the old one. The construction could have
taken place in Ayuthaya Era. In 1916, a repair
was done. A new structure was made over the
old one, at the front of the temple next to
Sawee River, and stands a shrine where a human-size
effigy is kept. People in Sawee District call
this shrine "Sarn Phra Sua Muang"
Sai Ree Sawee Beach
It is the most beautiful in the district.
It's is in village 8, Tha Hin sub-district.
It is a large sand beach parallel to a long
line of many coconut trees. This beach is
good for relaxation. Tourists can get there
easily by car. Travel along Highway 41, Chumphon-Sawee
Route. Turn left into an asphalt road, Sawee-Bor
Kha Route and go on for about 6 Kilometers.
The, turn left into a laterite road, and go
on for 6 more Kilometers.
Thip Preeda Cave
This area is a rocky mountain with a stream
flowing past the front. This mountain has
about 40 beautiful caves, some of which contain
pools. These caves are in village 2, Khao
Khai sub-district, Sawee District. Tourist
can easily get there through Chumphon-Sawee
Route up to Khao Beep intersection, Thung
Tako District. Then, go along Khao Beep-Khao
Thalu Route for about 16 Kilometers and turn
left into a laterite road and travel for 4
Kilometers more until you arrive at Huay Kaew
Intersection. Then, turn left into a village
road and travel for 6 Kilometers more, you
will be at Thip Preeda Cave. The total distance
from the city centre is 70 Kilometers.
Tourist Attraction in Pathiew District
A small, mountainous island, Kho Khai lays
claim to only one attractive beach. The island's
beauty, however, lies below the surface of
its crystal clear surrounding water. The island
is encircled by colourful coral reefs teeming
with fish and other sea life.
Yai El Bay
A 25-metre-viewpoint located just before
the bay welcomes visitors with a panoramic
view of the coast. The sheltered waters of
the bay host a great variety of coral.
Thung Wua Laen Beach
It is located in Pathiew District in Tambon
Saplee, some 16 Kilometers from the town's
centre. Thung Wu Laen is perhaps Chumphon's
most popular beach. Both novice swimmers and
experts will enjoy this beach as the fine
white sands slope gently into the sea. At
the southern end of the beach, at the foot
of Phobaeh Mountains lies on of Chumphon's
premium dive site. Sea fans, marine flowers,
sponges and a tremendous variety of reef fish
make the scenery below the surface of the
water every bit as spectacular as the beach
Although Chorakhe means crocodile in Thai,
visitors to this charming respite some 11
Kilometers of shore from Thung Wua Laen by
need not worry as the island gets its namesake
from its shape, not its inhabitants. It takes
about 30 minutes to reach the island by boat,
but visitors will be rewarded for their efforts
with peace and quiet two-small-beaches to
choose from and excellent snorkeling and scuba
diving conditions. Off-Shore fishing is also
reported to be good.
Koh Ngarm Yai and Koh Ngarm Noi
This air of adjacent islands located 17 Kilometers
from Thung Wua Laen Bay, and it is known among
locals for the swallow nests which are harvested
there for export. Visitors, on the other hands,
are drawn to the islands because of their
fascinating rock formations, underwater caves
and spectacular coral reefs.
Tourist Attraction in Phatoh District
Hew Loem Waterfall
It is located in Tambon Pak Song, about 16
Kilometers from the District office of Phatoh
along the Lang Suan-Rajakrud Highway (Highway
4006). These scenic falls are a perfect fresh
water adjunct to Chumphon's beaches and island.
From the bottom of the falls, the two-hour-rafting-tours
down the scenic Bok Rai River can be arranged
between November and April. For additional
information, please contact the Phatoh District
Office at +6677-539-040. To each the waterfalls,
turn left off Highway 4006 at Km. 11, and
continue for another 8 Kilometers until reaching
the fall's entrance.
Tourist Attraction in Lamae District
Thum Khao Hot Spa
This place is one of the most popular tourist
spots in Lamae District. It is in village
No. 2, Suan Taeng sub-district, 7 Kilometers
away from the district centre along Highway
41. There are 3 hot spas here. In the vicinity,
there are also 4 caves with beautiful stalactites
Tawan Chai Beach
This is a large beach. It is the most beautiful
beach in this district suitable for relaxation.
This beach is in village No. 3, Lamae sub-district.
Tourists can get there by car, from Phetkasem
Road around Thung Sawan Intersection via Lamae
District, then turn right into a laterite
road and go on for 5 more Kilometers.