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Historical documents state that Chumphon was continuously the locations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
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
www.transport.co.th For the round-trip, buses leave from Chumphon Bus
Terminal at Tel: 0 7750 2725, 0 7751 1094.
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 1422.
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 www.railway.co.th
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 information.
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.