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Chonburi Province  history and location of the Province

Chatuchak Market Page 1, possibly the largest market in the world Chonburi Province Page 2 Present day & administration

Chonburi  is a province (changwat) of Thailand. Neighbouring provinces are (from north clockwise) Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi and Rayong. To the west is the Gulf of Thailand. The eastern seaboard is heavily industrialized and underpinned by shipping, transportation, tourism, and manufacturing industries, and second to only Bangkok in economic output. Chonburi, is Bangkok’s nearest seaside town, is located on the eastern coast of the Gulf of Thailand, only 80 kilometres from Bangkok. The area boasts abundant natural resources, which are highlighted by  delightful beaches, local colours, traditions, delicacies and fresh seafood.  In addition, Chon Buri is the centre of the Eastern Seaboard Development Project, with its industrial parks and fishing villages.


From historical evidence, Mueang Chonburi has been settled since the Ayutthaya period. Originally, it comprised many small towns such as Mueang Bang Sai, Mueang Bang Pla Soi, and Mueang Bang Phra. Later, King Rama V  combined these towns together into Chonburi Province.

The word Chon originates from the Sanskrit word Jala meaning water, and the word buri from Sanskrit Puri meaning town or city. Hence the name of the province literally means City of Water.

The province is located at the Bay of Bangkok, the northern end of the Gulf of Thailand. A mountain range stretches from the north-west to the south-east of the province, while the fertile plains of the north were long used for farming. In Laem Chabang in the south of the province is one of the few deep-water harbours of Thailand.

Pattaya A Travellers Paradise ( see also separate article on Pattaya under L to P items /  Pattaya )

Pattaya is nestled along a picturesque bay on the East Coast of the Gulf of Thailand, roughly 170 kilometres south east of Bangkok. From a fishing village in the 1960’s, Pattaya has emerged as the favourite South east Asian vacation centre. A fascinating escape where tourists, holiday makers and vacationers from around the world unfolds an incomparable array of possibilities to unwind during an exotic holiday beach vacation.

Unlike other beach resorts, where natural surroundings are used as magnets to attract tourists, Pattaya makes an all-out attempt to provide the best of everything.

Here, everything means everything a tourist can imagine while on holiday: recreation, entertainment, sports, sightseeing and fun. To put it simply, Pattaya is a paradise for everyone, as it has a variety of attractions suitable for all types of visitors.

This is the place where you can fill your day, from dusk to dawn, with endless activities, or you may choose to do nothing at all and relax.

The Past

Pattaya’s name was originated from the march of Phraya Tak (later known as King Taksin the Great) and his followers from Ayutthaya to Chanthaburi just before the fall of the Ayutthaya Kingdom to the Burmese invaders in 1767.

When Phraya Tak’s army arrived near what is Pattaya today, he encountered the troops of Nai Klom who tried to intercept him. When the two leaders met face to face, Nai Klom was awed by Phraya Tak’s dignified manner and his army’s strict discipline, thereby surrendering without a fight.

Separate article on Pattaya in L to P items

Pattaya Page 1 - 147 Km from bangkok