Anyamanee Road, Chantaburi
Chantaburi, the city of gems is popular throughout the world and is known as “the kingdom of gems”. Chantaburi is especially famous for its red gemstone known as Siam Ruby. This jewel and also topaz and amethyst are commonly found at Amphur Taa Mai and Amphur Klung. Anyamanee Road is situated at Srichan Road, Tambol Wat Mai, Amphur Muang, Chantaburi and is open Fridays to Sundays 10 am until 3 pm. Here, tourists will find many shops that sell gems and can learn the techniques of preparing them. The technique to get a nice gem is to heat it to more than 1,000 degree Celsius for 4 to 5 hours in order to get a clear and dark colored piece.
Another popular product from Chantaburi is Chantaboon matting made from reed – a technique derived from the Vietnamese. Reed is dried out and colored before weaving. A popular producer is the Bangsrakaew agriculturist situated at 6 M.5 Baan Lang, Tambol Bangsrakaow, Amphur Laemsingh. February to May is the best time to weave the mat since this is after the harvest season and farmers have free time. There are also other products on sale such as tissue boxes, baskets, hats and many others.
Tourists can also stop to worship the Buddha at Wat Mangkornbooppharam, which is very similar to the Dragon Temple Kammalawat at Yaowarat. Another temple is Wat Thongtua at Amphur Muang. The temple was constructed over the Khmer temple built in the Ratanakosin Era. Visitors should not miss the lintel, in the Sambor Prei Kuk style that is more than 1,400 years old. There is also the Chicken Droppings Prison, the jail that reminds Thai people of the Franco-Siamese War.
The best time to visit Chantaburi is during May since it is the fruit season, and visitors will be able to taste many delicious and cheap fruit.