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Strolling through the severe waterline of Chanthaboon
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Strolling through the retrospective river bank of Chanthaboon

 

Located on the western bank of Chanthaburi River, the Chanthaboon riverfront community or chumchon rim nam Chanthaboon, has revitalised its charm with antique shophouses and colonial buildings, mouth-watering cuisines and hospitality of the people.

Located in Yan Tha Luang in the heart of the town of Chanthaburi, the century-old community was once a major trading hub. Lining along a one-kilometre-long strip of Sukhaphiban Road, the community houses several Chinese shrines. Bot Muang Buddhist temple can be found at the northern end of the road and the southern end is where the 300-year Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is located across the river.

Along the quiet street, you will see colonial style buildings and antique shophouses some of which are renovated as hotels, guesthouses, coffee shops and restaurants. One notable building is the historic home of Luang Ratchamaitri, who was dubbed as the Father of Rubber in the East. The two-storey teakwood shophouse was well preserved and converted into a hotel. Another outstanding structure is the wooden shophouse number 69 which was converted into the learning centre, a folk museum and tourist information bureau.

Choices for food and snacks are plenty such as kuay jub (rolled rice noodle in phalo aroma brown soup served with pork offal, pork meat and boiled egg), seafood tom yam noodle dishes, khanom khai (Thai-style egg cake), khanom thian kaeo (bite-sized tapioca flour snack with mung bean filling), khao tang (crispy rice crackers), popsicles and and desserts from the old days like khanom ko, khanom luem kluen, kleeb lamduan and khanom dok jok. You may easily spend a whole day in the waterfront community.

 

How to get there

The Chanthaboon quarter is located in the heart of Chanthaburi town. From Benchamarachuthit Road, turn left onto Tha Luang Road and then left again onto Sukhaphiban Road. 

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