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1. The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (The Catholic Church Chanthaburi)

 
 
          The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception (The Catholic Church Chanthaburi) (โบสถ์คาทอลิก อาสนวิหารพระนางมารีอาปฏิสนธินิรมล) is situated at 111 Mu 5, Santisuk Road, Tambon Chanthanimit, Amphoe Mueang Chanthaburi, opposite the Old Town Chanthabun Waterfront with the Chanthaburi River running past at the front. This long historical Catholic Church has a construction history of over 300 years. First, it was built in 1711 on the left side of the Chanthaburi River by Father Nicolas Tolentino and Annamese Christians. In 1836, it was removed to be built on the eastern side of the River, which is the current location. In 1903, the Church was reconstructed to be larger to support the increasing number of Christians. 
          Built in the Gothic architectural style, the Church is 60 metres long and 20 metres wide with spiral towers. There is a 4.7-metre circumference big clock installed on the right tower. From the tower’s angle, we can see the city’s panorama as far as 2 kilometres. The interior is decorated with exquisite artwork of stained glass pictures of saints aged more than 100 years. The Church also houses the figure of the Virgin Mary adorned with more than 200,000 gems or more than 20,000 karats donated by Christians and the people of Chanthaburi, as they were supporters of building the Virgin Mary Statue as well. This Catholic Church is considered to be the largest, oldest and most beautiful church in the Eastern region. 
 
 
2. Old Town Chanthabun Waterfront
 

          Old Town Chanthabun Waterfront (ชุมชนริมน้ำจันทบูร) is an approximately 300-year-old community established since the reign of King Narai the Great. Currently, the area of the Chanthabun Riverside has been developed and promoted to be a centre of art and cultural preservation, as well as a cultural attraction. The road along the riverside used to be a commercial area. There are classic old houses for tourists to see and experience with accommodation and restaurants provided.     
 
 
3. Namtok Phlio           
          Namtok Phlio (น้ำตกพลิ้ว) is a medium-sized cascade originating from the underground stream surging from the stone corner on the cliff and flowing into the basin below. The water is so clear that it is ideal for swimming. Before arriving at the main area of the waterfall, there is a natural basin, a habitat of soro brook carp, which can be found only in the riverbed of some regions. In addition, there are two important ancient sites near the waterfall: 
          - Pyramid of Pranang Ruea Lom is a pyramidal granite stupa built in 1881 as a memorial of King Rama V the Great’s love for Queen Sunandha Kumariratana after her death due to a royal barge collapsing in the Chao Phraya River. The pyramidal stupa enshrines her partial ashes.
          - Alongkorn Chedi was built with laterite stone in 1876 on the occasion of King Rama V the Great and Queen Sunandha Kumariratana’s visit to Namtok Phlio in 1874. They were very fond of the waterfall and ordered the Chedi to be built as a memorial and bestowed the name “Alongkorn Chedi”.
 
 
4. Khanom Plaek Community at Khlong Nong Bua canalside
          Khanom Plaek Community at Khlong Nong Bua canalside (ชุมชนขนมแปลกริมคลองหนองบัว), situated at Tambon Nong Bua, Amphoe Mueang Chanthaburi, is one of the promoted communities by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. The community is a village of unusual local Thai desserts of Chanthaburi. Almost every household in the village makes an unusual dessert for visitors to try; for example, Khuai Ling, Khanom I Nam Yiao Wau (cane juice), Khanom Phra Phai, Khanom Luk Raboet, Tangme Boran, etc., including some other delicious food like Kuai Tiao Mu Liang, Hoi Phok Yang, and Khao Kriap Ya Nam Chim. The community’s market is open all day on Saturdays and Sundays.            
 
 
 
5. Oasis Sea World

          Oasis Sea World (โอเอซิส ซี เวิลด์), located at Tambon Pak Nam Laem Sing, Amphoe Laem Sing, Chanthaburi, 30 kilometres from downtown Chanthaburi, is a place for the reproduction of dolphins and presents a show of two Thai dolphin species: bottlenose or Indo-Pacific humpback dolphin and Irrawaddy dolphin. Apart from watching the show, tourists can have an impressive moment and a once in a life-time memory by swimming, touching and playing with the dolphins. 
 
 
6. Kung Krabaen Bay Royal Development Study Centre
          Kung Krabaen Bay Royal Development Study Centre (ศูนย์ศึกษาการพัฒนาอ่าวคุ้งกระเบนอันเนื่องมาจากพระราชดำริ) is responsible for the research and study of Chanthaburi’s coastal area development. The Centre is open for the public providing the 1,600-metre-long Kung Krabaen Bay Mangrove Nature Trail Boardwalk located opposite the Centre that takes about a 30–45 minute walk. Along this nature trail, the public will learn about the ecosystem that aims at building understanding of the ecology of the mangrove forest with nature interpretation boards at different points. It is also a natural food source as well as a source of herbs for the surrounding community. There is the Sixth Cycle Birthday Anniversary Celebration Aquarium (KKB Aquarium) displaying marine fish that inhabit in the Khung Kraben area; for example, grouper, snapper, butterfly fish, and angelfish.     
The Centre is open from Tuesday to Sunday during 8.30 a.m. – 4.30 p.m. For more information, please call Tel. 0 3938 8117 ext. 130 (Ramps for the disabled are available).  
 
 
7. Noen Nang Phaya Viewpoint
          Noen Nang Phaya Viewpoint (จุดชมวิวเนินนางพญา) is the most beautiful spot for seeing the landscape of Chaloem Burapha Chonlathit Road. It features a meandering two-lane road inclining towards the short hill paralleling with the seashore where you can see the turquoise sea alongside with the sparkling water reflecting from the sunlight that enhances the unusual breathtaking view. It is ideal for driving on this route. There are scenic spots where you can park and take photos. 
 
 
8. Hat Chao Lao

 


          Hat Chao Lao (หาดเจ้าหลาว), a long serene creamy sandy beach with a shady coconut grove, which is ideal for relaxing with a parade of resorts and restaurants for tourists. There are bike lanes to Amphoe Laem Sing. In addition, the one-hour trip by glass-bottomed boat and speedboat services with a capacity of 5-20 persons is offered to visitors to view the shallow corals, located only 2 kilometres offshore. The trip takes about 1 hour. The best time to visit is during November to May.  
 
 
9. Wat Khao Sukim 
          

          Wat Khao Sukim (วัดเขาสุกิม), situated in Tambon Khao Baisi, Amphoe Tha Mai, was built in 1964 by devout Buddhists who had faith in Phra Achan Somchai Thitawiriyo with the objective to be used as a meditation site for Buddhists. It houses the large principal Buddha image attached to the wall with a measurement of 280 cms tall and 251.5 cms wide across the lap, surrounded with a niche in a pattern of a nine-headed Naga and at the base is inscribed the royal initials of Pho Po Ro; both the niche and base are adorned with Swarovski crystal. The temple also displays wax models of renowned monk masters; such as, Luangpu Waen, Luangpu Wan, Phra Achan Man, etc. as well as is a centre of insightful meditation. Open daily during 6.30 a.m.-5.00 p.m. 
 
 
10. Namtok Khao Soi Dao
          Namtok Khao Soi Dao (น้ำตกเขาสอยดาว) located within the Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary in Amphoe Soi Dao, 4 kilometres from the Sanctuary’s headquarters. The waterfall has 16 tiers with plentiful butterflies at the basin area, ideal for butterfly watching and plant study. The Sanctuary covers mixed deciduous and deciduous dipterocarp forests with a giant tree called Phra Chao Ha Phra Ong located 200 metres from the first tier of the waterfall on the right, which is a perennial tree in the tropical evergreen rainforest. Its huge trunk can be encircled by 20 people with both arms fully stretched with the large root of 5 metres high above the ground branching out into narrow corners like cave holes. 
          The geographic condition is composed of undulating mountains with two peaks: Yot Soi Dao Nuea and Yot Soi Dao Tai. The highest peak of Yot Soi Dao Tai is approximately 1,675 metres above sea level. The abundance of the forest is the origin of many streams flowing down to become the large waterfall of Khao Soi Dao amidst the deep natural forest. To appreciate the beauty of the waterfall, visitors have to walk along the route that is full of beauty and excitement; for example, at some levels, one needs to climb the terrain along the banyan tree’s root measuring 20 metres high to reach the large spectacular waterfall at the top level. Visitors can walk freely until the 9th level for 2.5 kilometres, which takes almost 2 hours. The 10th - 16th levels require a guide, which takes another hour’s walk. Accommodation is provided near the waterfall.

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