|Pool Side. Looks enticing!|
|Maldives Beach Resort has a Spacious Area.|
|Private Beach. In the morning you can see fishermen cathing fishes and locals picking clams by the beach.|
|Shark Feeding. Fishes are available per pail at the shark feeding station.|
|Leopard Shark. Get up close with leopard sharks.|
|Khung Krabaen Mangrove Park. The wooden pathways are endless!|
|Viewing Deck. Get a fantastic view of Khung Krabaen Bay and the Mangrove Forest at the viewing deck.|
|Khung Krabaen Bay. Peace and beauty together.|
|View from the Deck.|
|Puffer fish Saying Hello!|
|Local Fruits Being Sold Outside The Aquarium.|
|Upward Tram. Wat Khao Sukim is at a hill so you need to ride the tram to go to the temple.|
|Temple Possessions. The temple houses antiques and religious items.|
|Wax Figures. Uber life-like! I had to look twice to see if they are live meditating monks! :)|
|Shrine of King Taksin the Great. The shrine symbolizes the binding of the people of Chanthaburi to King Taksin.|
|Shrine of the City Guardian Spirit. More known as the City Pillar Shrine, this stands near the Shrine of King Taksin the Great.|
|Mary Immaculate Conception Cathedral.|
|Chanthaburi Gems and Jewelry Center. Gem-trading on regular days happens here except weekends, where traditional trading happens on the street of Si Chan.|
|I See Blue. A gem inspector sorting out sapphires.|
|Gem Trading on Si Chan Road. Buyers sit on chairs with tables in front of them, then gets a brokers and voila! - sellers approach you with different gemstones with different qualities from different origins.|
|The Loot. After trading and going through gem stores, I got a huge yellow-green sapphire cabochon, fantastic tourmalines, water opals, a star ruby, nicely colored tsavorites, and a quartz with a sliver of silver inside.|
Travel Time : Approx. 3.5 hours by direct flight from Manila to Bangkok.
ride at Sukhumwit of Mo Chit 2 terminals. Please
check http://wikitravel.org/en/Chanthaburi for
Adventure Activities, Cultural Activities, etc.
- Public transport is infrequent to tour the area
especially the outskirts of town. It is better to rent
a car, a cab, or have hotel transport.
- If you want a beach almost to yourself, this province
offers just that, even on holidays as Chanthaburi
is mostly publicized as a gem trading center rather
than a beach location. The beaches aren't bad at all!
- Prices are generally very affordable in Thailand.
- When you go to Thai provinces, language can be a
barrier. Bring a translation book or have
your google translate ready!
although very high-value items may be traded
directly in Bangkok.