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Chanthaburi

Highlights
  • Wat Thong Tua
  • Khao Khitchakhut National Park
  • Sri Chan road for gem markets
  • Pliew Waterfall

Chanthaburi, the capital of the province bordering Cambodia to the east, was occupied by the French during the end of the 19th century. Their influence can be seen in the architecture of many buildings within Chanthaburi town, including the largest Catholic cathedral in Thailand, which to this day caters to a sizeable Christian population, many of whom are ethnic Vietnamese, who migrated to Thailand in the 20th century.

Wat Thong Tua is a Temple where a 100-year pagoda situated. This temple is a place reserving antiques and ancient lintels in Thalaboriwat style. Sri Chan road is well-known as the Gem Road for trading gems and Jewellery. It is one of the big gem markets in Thailand.

Every January – March, people go worshipping Buddha’s footprint at the mountain in Khao Khitchakhut national park. It is a popular pilgrimage site for Thai Buddhists to practise their patience and minds. 

If you want to go somewhere fresh and cool, you should go to Pliew Waterfall. It is a 3-level waterfall with a basin of cool and clear water. You can enjoy feeding Cave fish there. Trok Nong Waterfall is a beautiful waterfall with the River flowing throughout the year. There is also a campsite for adventurers. 

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