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
Historical documents state that Chumphon was continuously the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
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
Bang Saphan Noi of Prachuap Khiri Khan;
Amphur Tha Chana of Surat Thani;
and Andaman Sea.
Chumphon is administratively divided into 8 Amphoe: Mueang
Chumphon, Lang Suan, Sawi, Tha Sae, Lamae, Phato, Pathio, and Thung
Situated on Hwy 41, 54 km from the town of Amphoe Thung Tako, the
orchard produces good quality fruits such as tangerine, papaya, dragon
fruit, and Mayong Chit (marrian plum). The orchard is a perfect highway
stop, ideal for taking a break from a long drive. A restaurant, coffee
shop and souvenir shop are located in a beautiful lush green area.
Remarkably, the orchard offers a unique toilet.
The toilet at Nai Dum’s Fruit Orchard won the award from the Nation’s
annual toilet competition in 2006. In addition, it had been proclaimed
by the Ministry of Public Health to be a Thai public toilet learning
centre, which is regularly visited by students and organizations. Mr
Dum, the orchard owner, had the intention to develop this public toilet
to be a pleasant place for visitors. Therefore, his idyllic and hygienic
toilet is surrounded by nature; with flowers, trees and miniature
Contact Nai Dum Fruit Orchard, call 0 7753 6338-9. www.suannaidum.com
How to get there
From Bangkok, use highway no.4, or highway no.35 (Thon Buri - Pak Tho) and join
highway no.4, pass Petchaburi, Prachuap Khiri Khan, to Chumphon junction, then
turn left along highway 4001 for 8 kilometres to town.
There are regular buses of Transport Co., Ltd. from the Southern Bus Terminal to
Chumphon everyday. For more details, contact the Southern Bus Terminal at Tel: 0
2434 5557 - 8, 0 2435 1199 or visit
the round-trip, buses leave from Chumphon Bus Terminal at Tel: 0 7750 2725, 0
For air-conditioned buses, contact:
Chok-anan Tour: in Bangkok at Tel: 0 2435 5027 - 9, 0 2435 7429 or in Chumphon
at Tel: 0 7751 1480, 0 7751 1757.
Suwannathi Tour: in Bangkok at Tel: 0 2435 5026, or in Chumphon at Tel: 0 7751
From Bangkok Railway Station (Hua Lamgphong): There are both rapid and express
trains to Chumphon everyday. For more details, contact at Tel: 1690, 0 2 223
7010, 0 2223 7020 or at Chumphon Station Tel: 0 7751 1103 or visit
From Thon Buri Railway Station (Bangkok Noi): There are fast trains to Chumphon
everyday. For more details, contact at Tel: 0 2411 3102.
Air Andaman flies from Bangkok to Chumphon. Call 02229 9555 or visit
www.airandaman.com for more
Communications within Chumphon and to Nearby Provinces
Bus Chumphon - Sawi - Lang Suan Route: The terminal is in front of Chumphon
Market, Thanon Tha Taphao from 6 a.m.-6 p.m.
Taxi queue is behind old market, opposite to Chumphon Bus Terminal. Taxi can be
hired to Lang Suan, Ranong and Surat Thani.
Distances from Amphoe Mueang to Other Districts
Distances from Chumphon to
|Prachuap Khiri Khan