The Emblem of Chumphon

Introduction
     Chumphon  province  is  located  in  the  most  upper  part  of the Southern region. Following the Highway  No.4,  it  is  approximately  463  kilometers  from  Bangkok  or  about  476  kilometers  by railroad.  The  total area of chumphon is about 6,009 aquare kilometers,the fourth largest province of the South

     The   province   is   divided   into   8   Districts,  70  Tambons,  and  655 villages.   Considering   the  administrative  area,  there  are  2  municipal areas  12 Sanitary areas and 66 Sub-district Administration Organization The  boundary  to  the  north  is Prachuap Khiri Khan, to the south is Surat Thani.  The  Gulf  of Thailand situa tes on the east, while the west are the Union  of  Myanmar and Ranong. The shape of the province is long and narrow,   the   west  consisted  of  mountains  which  are  also  the  natural international  boundary.  The plain area which is suitable for farming is in the  central  part.  The  east  of  Chumphon consist of 222 kilometers long coastal  with  beaches.  Raining  season  in Chumphon is relatively long, last from  May  to  November. The temperature is not too high in summer and  not  too low in winter as well. At June 1997 the population residing in Chumphon  is  444,820,222,865  are  male  and  217,955  are female. The population  density  is  72 per  square  kilometer. The highest population was  found  in  Chumphon  district while the lowest are is in Patao district. About 15.47% of total population live in the urban areas 65.41% are over 13  years  old  with  52.78%  of  labour  force  and  2.13%  of  unemployed persons. The minimum wage in Chumphon is 130 baht daily. In 1996, it is found  that  55.38%  of  total  area is cultivated land, 19% are under forest and 41.68% are under residential land.



How to get there
The journey to Chumphon by train and by car are both convenient.

By Train

The journey takes about 8 hours.
     -  Fast  trains  and  express  trains  to  Chumphon  leave  from  Hualamphong  Station,  Bangkok every. For further details call Bangkok 2237010 and 2237020 and Chumphon (007) 511103
     -  Diesel  trains  to Chumphon leave from Bangkok Noi Station, Thonburi. For further details call 4113102.


By Bus
Coach Service : The journey takes about 6 hours.
     -  The fare for air-conditioned coachs 202 baht
     -  Chok Anan Tour Tel. Bangkok 4355027-9, Chumphon Station Tel. (077) 511480
     -  Suwannathee Tour Tel.Bangkok 4355026, Chumphon Station Tel. (077) 511422.
     -  Ordinary Bus Service : The fare is 112 baht.
You  can  catch the bus at the Southern Bus Station, Tel. 4110111. Buses to Chumphon leave from this  station  everyday.  Buses  to  Bangkok  leave from Chumphon Bus Station, Tha Taphao, Tel. (077)  502725  Motorists  can  get  there  easily  Drive  along  King  RAMA 2  Highway for about 463 kilometers.  Then , turn  into  Highway  No.  4  and drive pass Phetchaburi Province and Prachuap Khiri  Khan  Province until you come to Pathomphorn Intersection. After that turn left into Chumphon city  center  and  carry  on  for  about  8  more  kilometers.  For  your own convenience, we give the following 3 - 4 possible routes for the journery to Chumphon :

Route 1 :  Depart  from  Bangkok in the morning. Have lunch in Muang District. Go to pay respect to  Sadej  Nai  Krom  Luang Chumphorn at Ree Beach. Sight-seeing at Thoung Makham Bay and Chao   Muang   Hill.  Pay,  respect  to  the  City  Guardian  Angel  Shrine  and  Luang  Poo  Sonk  at Chaofah  Sala  Loy  Temple.  Swim  in  the  sea  and  stay  the night at Thung Wua laen Beach, Pa Thiew  District.  Visit  Rub  Ror  Cave  in  the  morning.  Stop  to pay respect to Phor Ta Hin Charng Shrine and return to Bangkok.

Route 2 :  Depart  from  Bangkok  at  night. Have breakfast at Lang Suan District. Visit Khor Khao Beach.   Pay  respect  to  Kuan  Im  the  Goddess  of  Mercy.  Visit  Khao  Kriab  Cave.  Have  pig's Knuckles  at  Nok Noi Restaurant, Lamae District. Visit hot spa, Khao Phlu Cave. Visit Tawan Chai Beach.  Stay  the night at Lang Suan District. Visit Pa Toh District. Visit Haew Loam Waterfall. Visit Kaeng Bokfai. Return to Bangkok.

Route 3 :  Depart  from Bangkok in the morning. Have lunch in Muang District. Pay respect to the City  Guard-ian  Angel  Shrine. Pay respect to Luang Poo Sonk at Chaofah Sala Loy Temple. Visit Sawee  District  and Thum Khawan Muang Temple, Phra Thart Sawee Temple. Visit Thung Tako District  and  Arunothai  Beach.  Pay  respect  to  Krom Luang Chumphon. Stay the night at a resort near  Arunothai  Beach.  Stop to buy fresh fruit and jam at the local product center on the Highway, Sawee District. Return to Bangkok.

Route 4 :  Depart  from  Bangkok  at  night.  Have  breakfast at Thung Wua Laen Bay. Boat trip to see  the  islands  and  rocks  in Chumphon Bay. Diving to see coral, sea flowers and other marine lives  around  Jorakhey,  Ngam  Yai,  Ngam  Noi  and Thalu Islands. Stop to have dinner and stay the  night  at  Matra  Island.  Go  angling or catching cuttlefish. Have breakfast at Matra Island. Visit Ree Beach. Pay respect to Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak. Return to Bangkok.