Chumphon is a sea coast city parallel to the
Gulf of Thailand. It is the gateway to other southern provinces. Along
more than 200 kilometres of Chumphons seashore, there are many beautiful
and picturesque beaches. Still maintaining the natural beauty, the
province is best for those who seek relaxation in the natural and
uniquely quiet atmosphere.
Historical documents state that Chumphon was continuously the locations
of many communities since the pre-historic period, especially in the
area near Tha Taphao River banks. Chumphon was also one of the leading
trading centers of Siam (former name of Thailand).
Due to being the frontier city, the name Chumphon is believed to derive
from Chumnumphon, which means the accumulation of forces. Whenever there
were movements from the army, the soldiers would gather their forces
here at this province.
The other source believed that it should be derived from a local plant
named Maduea Chumphon due to its richness in this area. Therefore,
naturally, this plant has become a symbol of the logo of Chumphon