March 20, 2015
With 44 islands, 200kms of beaches, 48 caves and 6 National Parks where do you start?
Where: The Chumphon Estuary, Mueang, Chumphon
How to get there: Click here
Chumphon is ready to host this year’s annual Chumphon Marine Festival 2015 with the aim to promote marine tourism in the region.
Activities include marine exhibitions, photography displays, with lots of seaside fun including scuba diving, snorkelling, boat tour packages, along with competitions in sand sculpture and fishing.
In addition the festival will hold displays of rare aquatic animal species. Those with a bit more stamina might want to join the annual bike rally up Matsee Mountain (Not actually listed as a mountain), or for those where your ‘Get up and Go’ attitude has ‘Got up and Gone’ why not simply take a leisurely stroll and take in the mass of cultural performance that will be going on every day or give your taste buds a work out and try the local seafood and for anyone who loves great Thai dishes, the seafood festival is sure to be a big draw.
If you want to get your hands dirty why not join in with the conservation work and help in the restoration of local natural resources including replanting the local mangrove forest. If you are lucky you will get to see a wide range of birds that live in the mangrove forest including a number of migratory birds that pass this coastline from Thailand to the shores of Malaysia, Indonesia or Singapore.
If nature and beauty are your thing do try to get to Tham Thip Prida (ถ้ำทิพย์ปรีดา), while it is about 70 kms from Chumphon it is worth the journey. The 40 diverse caves are hewn into the limestone mountain, which in turn is fronted by a flowing fresh water stream, some of caves contain crystal clear fresh water pools which after a long day you may want to take a plunge and immerse yourself in the less than warm waters.
With its 200 kms of coast line, a very low population density, six accessible pristine sandy beaches, 44 islands (located in Chumphon Archipelago), many of which have coral reefs and 6 glorious National Parks, Chumphon is a great place for those that like a quieter pace of life and for those that want to blend in with nature and get closer to the real Thailand.
All the pictures are from TAT Chumphon and their Photo Contest “8 Forbidden City May million at Chumphon”.