Chumphon is a southern Thai province on the narrowest part of the Malay Peninsula. It’s known for coral reefs and a long coastline dotted with beaches. The west of the province is cradled by forested mountains whereas the east offers a spectacular water world with the Chumphon Marine National. Therefore, Chumphon can offer a wide program of water and land-based activities all year round and is well worth a visit.
Commonly seen as a gateway town to the south of Thailand, Chumphon is largely underrated by most travelers as just a transit hub to tropical islands including the popular Koh Tao or other internationally famous provinces along the Andaman coast. Indeed, Chumphon has strong potential to exceed traveler expectations in its own right, with long stretches of tranquil and unspoiled white sandy beaches as well as some of the best diving and snorkeling spots on the Gulf coast.
In the north of the capital, Chumphon National Museum traces the province’s ancient and recent history. Locals gather at the night market in the city center, known for its street food stalls. Just south of the capital is the Mu Ko Chumphon National Park, a sprawling marine park offering white-sand beaches, nature trails and boat trips around the Chumphon Archipelago. Hat Sai Ri district, in the north of the park, is known for its beach and the Prince of Chumphon monument, a shrine and old warship commemorating the founder of the modern Thai Navy.
Mutsea Mountain Viewpoint
Thung Wua Laen Beach
Haeo Lom Waterfall
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