Chonburi Tourism, Thailand: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2023

Chon Buri or Mueang Chon in short has been a very prominent seaside town of the eastern coast since a fairly long period of time. It acquired the town status in 1935. This is also a vital agricultural site of economic plants like cassava, sugar cane and rubber trees. Chon Buri is a hub of industrial activity, second only to Bangkok in context to the output and is also the location of Eastern Seaboard Development Project.  

If legends are to be believed, Mueang Chon Buri has been in existence ever since the Ayutthaya period. Initially it comprised only of the small tows like Mueang Bang Phra, Mueang Bang Sai, and Mueang Bang Pla Soi. It was only later that King Rama V amalgamated these small towns to form the Chon Buri Province. This capital of Chon Buri Province and the Mueang Chong Buri District in Thailand, lies 100 km south east of Bangkok towards the coastline of the Gulf of Thailand.    

Going by the literal terms, Chon Buri means ‘city of water.’ This along with the other areas along the coast to Pattaya forms an urbane known as the Pattaya Chon buri Metropolitan Area with a total population exceeding 1,000,000.   

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  1. Travel Advice

    • It is a good thing to learn few words of the local language like Please, Thank You, I want to go to … , What is the specialty here?, etc. It will not just help you communicate with the locals but will also give you a brief knowledge about the culture of the place there.

    • You must acquire enough information that you’ll need before venturing in any new location. Don’t let the locals or any stranger mislead you.

    • Whenever you travel in a taxi, make sure you take a metered one. The drivers here have a tendency to cheat not only the tourists but also the locals here. So, be very careful, bargain and negotiate well before hiring a taxi.

    • Avoid getting into brawls with anyone here.

    • Never film or take videos without permission.

    • If you are at a religious place, do not photograph without permission.

    • Dress appropriately when visiting a religious place.

    • If you are undertaking treks, carry the necessary essentials.

    • Carry first aid with you.

    • Never roam around with too much cash in your pocket.

    • Don’t trust anyone with your valuables and cash.

    • Always have a copy of license and passport with you.

    • Keep your valuables carefully in a safe place.

  2. Drinking Laws

    The legal drinking age for drinking in Chon Buri is 20 years. However, you may have to display your ID proof before purchasing alcohol here.

  3. Our Recommendations: What you can’t afford to miss?

    Nong Nooch Tropical botanical garden

    Spread over 500-Acre on Sukhumvit Road in the Chon Buri province, Nong Nooch Tropical botanical garden is a beautiful tourist place. It is known for the huge collection of flora it holds and is also a major scientific center dedicated to cycads.

    Jomtien beach

    Jomtien Beach, also called as Chom Tian by locals is one of the top rated destinations and definitely among the most preferred attraction for tourists in Chon Buri. Jomtien is well known for its fine dining experience, magnificent beaches, and high-rise condominiums.

    Sriracha Tiger Zoo

    Sriracha Tiger zoo situated in Sri Racha City. It is a home to around 200 tigers and 10,000 crocodiles. Surprisingly, the zoo has the largest crocodile population in the world. Due to this feature, it has become a must visit place of Chon Buri and is frequented by tourists from all around the world.

    Sanctuary of Truth

    Unlike other temples around the world, Sanctuary of Truth is an all-wood building here. It attracts a lot of tourists because of its beautiful and unique hand carved wooden sculptures that indicate imperial settings at Angkor. It also features visionary art based on a traditional religious theme.

    Cartoon network Amazone waterpark

    World's first Cartoon network themed waterpark, the Cartoon network Amazone waterpark is located in the city. It is just 15 kms away from Pattaya. The park has also recreated the scenic beauty of Amazon rainforest. It features various cartoon network characters like Ben10, Powerpuff girls, Johnny Bravo etc. It's a lifetime experience for all the tourists, especially kids visiting Chon Buri.

  4. What will like you like there?

    Scuba Diving

    Scuba diving is a wonderful adventurous water sport that can be experienced at Jomtien Beach. Those who love to indulge in adventurous activities, they will have a great time to experience scuba diving here in Chon Buri.


    Jet-Ski is yet another exciting water sport which can be enjoyed in Chon Buri. An adventurous and a thrilling sport, Jet-Ski never disappoints the tourists. If you are with your group of friends, this activity can get even more enjoyable.


    Everyone loves shopping and Chon Buri provides the perfect opportunity for tourists to shop products of a wide range. The floating markets in the city offer various products from four major parts of Thailand. Floating markets are also famous for the artworks and Thai handicrafts. These markets are a shopper's delight.

    Elephant show

    Elephant shows provide a memorable experience here. They are held at the Noong nooch botanical garden and never fail to amaze the visitors with its great display. Kids have a great time watching the elephant show and so do their parents.

    Buffalo Race

    Tourists can enjoy the long established celebration of Buffalo Race at Chon Buri. Buffaloes are dressed with admirable creativity by their owners. These buffaloes take part in racing, physical fitness and fashion contests. One can also witness the Buffalo race festival held here annually if you are there at the right time of the year.

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