Chanthaburi (sometimes written as Jantaburi) province is a province in Eastern Thailand and it is only 250 kms from Bangkok, but it is very little known to oversea travelers because Thailand’s tourist authority does really bad job to promote this province. They mostly focus on promoting Pattaya as the main tourist attraction in the East as Pattaya generates large amount of national income every year. Chanthaburi is also least popular than Koh Chang in Trad province which is only 70 kms away.

Chanthaburi is a coastal province which has nice weather with sea breeze  and white sand beaches, and it is close to Bangkok too, it can be visit year-round without scarify a lot of time and money. Being less popular makes Chanthaburi not very crowded and its nature is still not ruined by tourism. This is a good reason to visit Chanthaburi if you want to get close to nature not very far from Bangkok.

In the past, Chanthaburi is known by Thai people as the biggest place for gems trading in Thailand.  In local markets there there were a lot of precious stones ranging from sapphires to emeralds traded every weekend in street markets. Thailand used to be the World’s top 10 gems exporters because of gem mines and gem trading in Chanthaburi. Now most of the mines and local gem trading markets almost disappear.

Nowadays Chanthaburi is best known as the place with very fresh and delicious seafood, and the price is almost half of what you find in restaurants in Bangkok. There are plenty of seafood restaurants along the road or even in small village. Unlike Phuket, Samui and Hua Hin, there is no extra charge on food and drink here for foreign travelers.

Chao Lao beach is the most popular beach among local people. Honestly, water here is not as clear as in islands and it is not even one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in Thailand but it has very nice environment with large green areas nearby and this make Chao Lao very peaceful beach. There nature in the surrounding areas is still intact.  Even in the peak period, this beach is not busy at all. Also the beach is cleaner and much beautiful than beaches in Pattaya.

Chaolao beach

When traveling to the East for Pattaya or Koh Chang,  Chanthaburi is a good place to visit in the same trip and good for stay 1 or 2 nights. Beyond this you might feel bored as there are not many activities to do. Who knows, it might be perfect place for those who want to retired in Thailand.

As for the place to stay, there are at least 100 hotels throughout the province which is more than enough for travelers to choose, ranking from 300 THB to 6,000 THB a night. Since it is not a top tourist destination, there is no luxury hotel chain but most of hotels are comfortable to stay. With the same standard, a 500-THB hotel here is normally equivalent to 1,500-THB one in Bangkok.

There are not many beach front hotels in Chanthaburi and the most luxury and also one of the most expensive is Chaolao Cabana Resort. The most expensive rooms are villa which cost about 6,000 THB a night but normally you don’t know that kind of room to enjoy nice view and comfortable stay. Chaolao Cabana Resort has deluxe room with breakfast with the price of 1,450 THB a night and it is only 50 meters to the beach. Considering location on the beach, cleanliness and the ambient 1,450 THB is a good deal.

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort:
– Great location. Just right on the famous beach
– Big clean rooms
– Quiet and more private

Cons of Chaolao Cabana Resort:
– The villa is too expensive and the price of standard rooms are above the local standard
– Too many stupid warning signs. This will only scare visitors away.
– Breakfast is just ok.

Check booking detail here: https://www.booking.com/hotel/th/chaolao-cabana-resort.en-gb.html

 

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort is another most luxurious hotel in Chanthaburi. It has a newer look than Chaolao Cabana but its lowest price is higher. The lowest price of Chaolao is 1450 THB while the one from Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort is 2,500 THB. Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort has 8 room types, ranking from Superior Room to Premier Pool View, from 2,500 THB to 9,000 THB. For local people, any room above 1,500 THB a night in Chanthaburi is considered expensive. 800 THB a night the standard price of hotels here but most of these price won’t offer beach front location.

Pros of Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort:
– Great location. Just right on the famous beach
– Breakfast is good
– Quiet and more private

Cons of Chaolao Cabana Resort:
– Expensive compared to local standard
– Very slow check-in

Check booking detail: https://www.booking.com/hotel/th/sand-dunes-chaolao-beach-resort.en-gb.html

Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

Pros of Chaolao Cabana Resort

 

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

Sand Dunes Chaolao Beach Resort

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