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Discover the hidden gem of Chumphon, Thailand with our comprehensive guide. Learn about the top attractions, the best areas to stay, and how to get there. Find out about the legendary Prince of Chumphon and the rich history of this authentic Thai vacation destination. Plan your trip today!


Chumphon is a hidden gem on the Gulf of Thailand that offers everything you need for a perfect vacation. Whether you love the beach, the water, or the nature, you will find something to enjoy in this province. You can dive into the underwater world, swim with colourful fish, and catch your own dinner. You can also learn more about the local culture and history by visiting the sacred temples and shrines. Chumphon is also a gateway to other stunning islands, such as Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, and Koh Samui. The best thing about Chumphon is that it's not too busy or popular, so you can experience the authentic Thai atmosphere and way of life.

One of the best places to chill out in Chumphon is Haad Thung Wua Laen, which means "the beach of the speedy cow". This name might sound weird, but it has a funny story behind it - apparently, a cow escaped from a hunter and ran to this beach for safety. It's not exactly a heroic legend, but it's a quirky one.

Chumphon is awesome because it's not like those touristy spots where you see more foreigners than locals. I'm a foreigner myself, but I like to immerse myself in the real Thai culture and vibe. On weekdays, Haad Thung Wua Laen is peaceful and you can have the whole beach to yourself, but on weekends it gets lively with people from Bangkok who come to enjoy the sun and sea.

The Royal Palace of Krom Luang Chumphon Khet Udomsak offers stunning beach views, which are not to be missed. It also provides an opportunity to explore a navy boat. 


Thailand is known for its deep-rooted superstitions, which may seem fascinating to many Westerners. A visit to this temple, dedicated to a Thai prince from the early 1900s, will give you a glimpse of these beliefs. Click here for more information about this intriguing figure. Some interesting rituals take place here, like animal sacrifices.


While in the area, don't forget to visit Ban Thong Tom Yai, a charming fishing village along the river. Head to Khao Mutsea Viewpoint for a breathtaking sunset, which offers a stunning 360-degree view of the area.


If you are looking for a natural paradise, visit the Mu Ko Chumphon National Park. This park covers a large area of land and sea, with more than 40 islands that offer stunning views and diverse wildlife. You can explore the park by hiking on the trails, relaxing on the sandy beaches, or taking a boat tour of some islands. The Mu Ko Chumphon National Park is a perfect destination for nature lovers and adventurers.

Rocky Island

Khao Matsi Viewpoint. It offers a panoramic view of the mountains, the sea and the city. The viewpoint is located on a hilltop, about 15 kilometres from the city centre. It is accessible by car or motorbike, and there is a parking area near the entrance. The viewpoint has a wooden platform and a pavilion, where visitors can relax and enjoy the breeze. The best time to visit Khao Matsi Viewpoint is in the morning or evening when the sun creates a beautiful contrast with the sky and the water as seen at the top of this page. Khao Matsi Viewpoint is a popular destination for nature lovers, photographers and tourists who want to experience the charm of Chumphon.


Located near the Chumphon Railway Station. The market has a lively atmosphere, with vendors selling everything from fresh seafood and local delicacies. Chumphon Night Market is a great place to experience the culture and cuisine of Chumphon and to mingle with friendly people.



Chumphon is located in the Gulf of Thailand and is well-connected to other parts of the country by various modes of transportation. Here are some options for getting to Chumphon:

By Air: The nearest airport to Chumphon is Chumphon Airport (CJM), which is located approximately 35 kilometres from the city centre. The airport is served by Nok Air and Thai AirAsia, with flights from Don Mueang Bangkok and other major cities in Thailand.

By Train: Chumphon is a major railway station on the southern line, with regular trains connecting it to Bangkok, Surat Thani, Hat Yai, and other cities in Thailand. The journey from Bangkok takes around 8-9 hours, while the trip from Surat Thani takes around 2-3 hours.


By Bus: Chumphon has a central bus station, which is served by buses from Bangkok and other major cities in Thailand. The journey from Bangkok takes around 6-7 hours, depending on traffic.

By Car: Chumphon is located on the main highway (Highway No. 4) that connects Bangkok to southern Thailand. The distance from Bangkok to Chumphon is around 470 kilometres, and the journey takes around 6-7 hours by car.

By Ferry: Chumphon is also a popular gateway to the islands of Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, and Koh Samui, with regular ferries departing from the town's pier. The journey time varies depending on the destination, but it typically takes around 1-2 hours to reach the islands.

To have a look at the options available and book your transport use the Asian Public Transport form below, if you're not coming from Bangkok, simply change that section on the form. Ferrys to islands can be booked on this form too by changing deport location to the island you wish to go to.


Here are a few areas in Chumphon that are popular with tourists:

Hat Thung Wua Laen - This is a long, beautiful beach located about 15km from Chumphon town. There are plenty of resorts and guesthouses here, as well as restaurants and bars.

Chumphon Town - This is the main town in the province and a good place to stay if you want to be close to shops, markets, and other amenities. There are several hotels and guesthouses here, ranging from budget to mid-range.

Pak Nam Chumphon - This is the port area of Chumphon and a good base for exploring the nearby islands. There are a few hotels and guesthouses here, as well as restaurants and shops.

Tha Yang - This small town is located about 20km north of Chumphon and is a good place to stay if you want to be close to nature. There are several resorts and guesthouses here, as well as waterfalls and hot springs to explore. and Agoda are both run by the same company (Booking Holdings).

However, Agoda has the best price guarantee and normally get the best deals, so check there first. 


Unfortunately tours here are limited to nothing really but 

Fame Guesthouse is located in the heart of Chumphon City and offers cosy guest rooms. They have a tour desk to help guests with travel and sightseeing arrangements.

 Bicycle and car rental services are available at the guest house. Ocean Shopping Mall and the Night Market are just a 3-minute walk from Fame Guesthouse.

You don't have to stay here to see the tours available there.


Hua Hin



Khao Lak - Koh Surin - Similan Islands

 Phuket - Koh Phi Phi

Starting in Hua Hin, a popular beach town known for its stunning beaches, upscale resorts, and traditional Thai architecture, the tour will take you to Ranong, a province in southern Thailand known for its hot springs, waterfalls, and lush jungle landscapes.

Next, you'll explore the stunning beauty of Khao Lak and the nearby Koh Surin and Similan Islands. With crystal-clear waters, lush coral reefs, and abundant marine life, this area is a paradise for snorkelling and diving enthusiasts.

Your journey will then take you to Phuket, Thailand's largest island, where you can experience a mix of beautiful beaches, delicious street food, and vibrant nightlife. Finally, you'll head to Koh Phi Phi, a breathtaking archipelago known for its stunning beaches and crystal-clear waters.

Throughout this tour, you'll have the opportunity to experience the best of Thailand's coastal destinations and create memories that will last a lifetime.



Ko Pha-ngan is an island in the Gulf of Thailand, known for its natural beauty and vibrant nightlife. Ko Pha-ngan is famous for hosting the Full Moon Party. Also offers many other attractions, such as waterfalls, temples, beaches, and diving sites.

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Koh Samui is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Thailand. It is an island in the Gulf of Thailand, known for its white sandy beaches, crystal clear water, and lush tropical forests. Snorkelling, diving, hiking, golfing, and spa treatments.

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