A group of travel bloggers from Bangkok recently visited Chanthaburi to explore the many local experiences this charming seaside province has to offer. The trip was organised by the TAT’s International PR Division as part of its TAT Newsroom Blogger Relations Strategy project.
Here’s brief itinerary of their visit, from Friday, 24 August to Sunday, 26 August 2018.
Morning: The bloggers departed from Bangkok in early morning to visit the Noen Nang Phaya scenic point. This is one of Chanthaburi’s famous landmarks, known for its scenic road running along the sea and winding up a small hill along the Kung Wiman Beach. Then they took a local sidecar transfer to visit the Chedi Ban Hua Laem, a mini stupa perched on a rock in the middle of the water which was built over 200 years ago as a sacred monument for seafarers and locals.
Afternoon: They went to the Sea Farming Demonstration Unit of the Kung Krabaen Bay Royal Development Study Center, the region’s leading research facility dedicated to preserving Thailand’s marine biodiversity, to observe and experience preservation work with blue swimming crab, oyster, shark, sea turtle and other marine creatures. Then they visited the province’s famous farm for oversized oysters of Paa Louise Lung Thom Homestay, where they also had the chance to taste the delicious oysters the local Thai way.
Morning: The bloggers enjoyed a walking tour through the Chanthaboon Riverside Community, exploring a glimpse of a bygone era, stopping at House No 119 to try a hand at polishing a gemstone, and ending at the busy gems market. They continued to the Chanthaburi Gem and Jewelry Center to learn why Chanthaburi is known as the biggest gems trade and production centre in Thailand and Southeast Asia.
Afternoon: The bloggers resumed the walking tour to Thailand’s largest church, The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and concluded the tour at the community’s famous baker shop where they also tried a hand at making its popular egg cakes. Then they went to the district of Bangkaja to explore Talat Tub Mor, a community market set in a period theme located at Wat Plab, an old temple where Somdet Phra Chao Krung Thonburi (the King of Thonburi) was a royal patron. Then they visited Bo Ploy Lekpetch, and old gem mine that is open as a learning centre for visitors to experience digging and panning for gems.
Morning: The bloggers enjoyed a Thai cooking class at Maneechan Resort, learning how to cook four savoury dishes and a dessert – all unique to Chanthaburi, including Sen Chan Phat Goong (phat thai with shrimp), Phla Pla (spicy raw fish salad), Khao Khluk Phrik Kluea (steamed rice mix with spicy sauce served with seafood), Nam Phrik Pu (spicy chilli-crab dipping sauce) and Durian in Coconut Milk.
Afternoon: A visit the Khanom Plaek (“weird snacks”) market of the Nong Bua community offered the chance for bloggers to get a glimpse of the local’s sense of humour. Also known as Nong Bua Walking Street, the market is famous for the weird names of some of its snacks and desserts. Leaving Chanthaburi at about 3pm, the bloggers arrived back in Bangkok at about 6pm.
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