One of Thailand’s most beautiful, yet lesser known places to visit.
Chumphon is a coastal town situated roughly at the midway point between Bangkok and Phuket. It is a ferry gateway to the southern islands such as Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. However to think of Chumphon, Thailand, as just a transit town to catch a ferry from, is to miss out on an excellent place to explore and spend some quality time in.
Bangkok to Chumphon
Bangkok to Chumphon is easily accessible. It is just an hours flight from Bangkok’s Don Muang airport, with Nok Air offering two daily flights. There’s a daily bus service from Bangkok that takes around 9 hours at a price of 350 Baht (about $10 u.s).
By car the drive takes around four to five hours. There is also a train station which is linked to the southern rail line, a much longer journey from Bangkok but it really captures the true adventurous nature of travel and offers non-stop scenes of Thailand’s countryside.
If you are travelling north from Phuket or any of the southern islands of Thailand, Chumphon can be accessed via ferry room any of the ports on Koh Samui, Koh Tao and Koh Phangan ferries run daily, are cheap, safe and lots of fun.
There are several options for staying in Chumphon. Traditionally the main accommodation types were targeted for travellers and backpackers, however due to the airport opening up to international tourism, and Chumphon gaining popularity, midrange and upscale hotels are now being opened to cater for a wider range of visitors.
On offer are a mix of top quality hotels of such as the Novotel Beach Resort Chumphon which is still fantastic value for money compared to something similar in Bangkok or Pattaya. There are cheaper alternatives, for those with a budget in mind, such as the Hop Inn Chumphon a modest, but clean and very welcoming hotel for less than $15 u.s per night.
Due to its beautiful surroundings and idyllic location residential developments aimed at foreigners also coming to market. Such as New Nordics Coral Beach Resort, which will offer both holiday apartments and private luxury homes. Over the coming years as more expats and longer term visitors are likely to be taking advantage of what Chumphon has to offer.
What To Do In Chumphon, Thailand
Chumphon has over 200 kilometers of unspoiled, white sandy beaches with crystal clear sea waters which is a draw for scuba divers, windsurfers, kayakers, sailors and swimmers, as well as sun worshipers who enjoy nothing more than spending their days hanging out on paradise like beaches.
However due to Chumphon being less ‘touristy’ the beaches are uncrowded and enhance a real tropical island feel. It is the perfect location to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. Especially If you have been spending time in Bangkok, Pattaya or Phuket. It’s a great place to recharge yourself before moving onto somewhere else.
Throughout Chumphon the scenery is stunning, with mountains covered in lush green vegetation, waterfalls, and national parks dedicated to preserving the natural beauty of this part of Thailand.
Most famously is the Mu Koh National Marine Park which is definitely worth a visit if you’re in this part of the country.
However if you’re the type of person who likes some creature comforts don’t worry. Chumphon city has it’s fair share of shopping malls, restaurants and coffee shops and markets to explore and to stock up on essentials.
Traffic congestion is nowhere near as bad somewhere like Bangkok and if you have a Thai or international driver’s license, having a look around on motorbike or even by car is a great way to explore Chumphon city and it’s surrounding areas.
Whether you are traveler on the backpacker route or are looking for a more of traditional holiday location while in Thailand then we can’t recommend Chumphon enough.
If you have ever been too or are considering going to Chumphon, Thailand. We would love to hear from you so drop us comment below or get in touch via email to R.E Thailand.