Unseen Chantaburi from Koh Chang

Unseen Chantaburi
from Koh Chang

The cathedral, the gemstone industry, and being ‘off the island’ has helped create this full-day
Chantaburi excursion as an all-time favourite. With its proximity to Koh Chang and
signs of former French occupancy, a more varied tour has yet to be created.

WHY THIS TOUR?

Chantaburi, one of the larger towns along Thailand’s Eastern Seaboard, has long been associated with its gem winning and trading history. Its past does not only bring out the precious stone industry forward.

The strategic location offers some sights that often are overlooked but have contributed to the shape of Thailand’s much-revered royalties. Its proximity nearby Koh Chang has made this outing one of our favourites based on the variety of sights available within one day. Our full day exploring Chantaburi brings out the best in east coast Thai culture and history.

TRAIL ITINERARY

Unseen Chantaburi from Koh Chang

07:30 - 18:00

An early morning pick-up from your Koh Chang resorts is the beginning of an interesting day back on the Thai mainland. The approximately half an hour ferry ride from the northern tip of the island and the short ride to the Chantaburi province borders welcome a nice break away from the island’s pristine beaches and swaying palm trees. We start with one of the town’s most famous Buddhist temples – Wat Chak Yai. It is part of a Buddhist park in a region called Laem Singh and is the regional birthplace depicting the birth and life of the Lord Buddha.

We continue to the famous and most notorious sites of a bygone era, the Khuk Khi Kai, translated as the Chicken Prison. Erected during the time the French took over this part of Thailand for a short period, it depicts the confines of what used to be the main prison in the country. Off to Pink Stone Field, one of the two places in the Kingdom where precious pink stones are delved. Before lunch, we enter the borders of a stunning mangrove forest called Kung Krabaen, a natural site where you can admire the Chantaburi landscape from Nang Phaya.

Lunch will be served at Peggy’s Cove Resort. Inspired by a western fisherman’s village with colourful, wooden houses, it does not feel you’re in Thailand when wandering around the place. It is time to hit the Chantaburi town centre, where we will make three stops. The first one is the old town with still some French influences seen here and there. Note en route monument of King Taksin the Great dominates the provincial capital’s park. The cathedral of Chantaburi is the main attraction – the largest one in the country and bound to inspire you by asking your guide some questions.

Unfortunately, we have to make our way back to Koh Chang, but not without a stop at a local market. By ferry and the ubiquitous curvy roads on the island, we’d expect to reach your resort in the late afternoon / early evening.

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

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INCLUSIONS

  • A full-day tour with a professional English-speaking guide. Other languages are on request and may be subject to supplementary charges
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle with professional driver
  • Return ferry tickets from and to the main land
  • All entrance fees for visits as mentioned in the description.
  • All applicable taxes and service charges
  • Lunch at a local restaurant is included (food only)

EXCLUSIONS

  • Tours, inclusions of any kind and other services that are not outlined in the tour description
  • Personal expenses such as meals, drinks, tips and gratuities, shopping, portage fees and optional tours, unless otherwise stated
  • Hotel accommodation in the destination of commencement.
  • Compulsory Christmas, country-specific festival and/or New Year dinner at included hotels
  • Single supplement charges for single travelers, where applicable
  • Any airline tickets, visa fees, additional transportation cost from and to the general meeting point
  • Supplements for transfers for customers arriving or departing from any airport or resorts located outside the general pick-up and drop-off locations
  • Hotel expenses of a personal nature, should an overnight be included: this includes mini-bar consumption, laundry, room service, any telephone or other communication cost not mentioned in the program
  • Travel insurance coverage for customers (highly recommendable)

GOOD TO KNOW

  • This tour is operated on joint / Seat-In-Coach basis only with English-speaking guide and departs every Wednesday only.
  • Depending on the number of guests on any confirmed tours, the correct type of car or mini-van cannot be confirmed upon reservation. This also depends on the availability of accommodation.
  • Transfers are only operated on Koh Chang only and restricted to main hotels only. Other regions such as Trad, Koh Chang Ferry Terminal, Koh Kood, Koh Maak and Trad’s International Airport are excluded and supplementary charges apply.
  • A minimum number of guests are required for this excursion to operate; many of our tours do not have limitations on group size, depending on the availability of seats and other factors. We regret that we are not able to communicate in advance about this.
  • We will do all possible to comply with any dietary requirements during this excursion; it may not always be possible to confirm your wishes in advance based on the choice of local restaurant.
  • Due to the nature of this tour, we regret to inform you that this excursion is not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Guests are advised that some walking is required during this excursion; we always ensure that we take the most comfortable ways from the entrance of the sight to the sight itself.
  • We always will make efforts to confirm the exact pick-up time upon reservation. For any operational issues in which are not able to confirm the exact pick-up time in advance, we reserve the right to inform you the day before the departure of the tour.
  • Please note pickup and drop-off services may not be confirmed for customers staying at private residences, apartment complexes, or other non-registered tourism accommodations. Customers may be asked to meet at a nearby hotel for pick-up and drop off.
  • There will be ample time for customers to spend time on their own to admire the sites at their own pace or browse along the shops for souvenirs. When additional time needs to be allocated for more time at leisure or shopping, this can be discussed with the guide on spot.
  • Please ensure that you bring sunglasses, a hat /cap and sunblock with a high SPF factor when traveling with us on this tour – even when it is cloudy, the sunrays still have an immense power
  • We reserve the right to make necessary changes to the excursion in case of unfavourable weather conditions or situations where we are forced to make alterations to guarantee the safety of our guests.
  • It is the responsibility of the customer to provide us with the correct hotel information, should pick-up and drop-off services be included in the package. Any changes in accommodation outside 24 hours will be handled accordingly: changes within 24 hours may be on request.
  • In the event of no-show or change of accommodation without prior consent and confirmation from us within 24 hours may result in the applicable cancellation charges as outlined in the terms and conditions.

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