Old Town in Chanthaburi

“Muang Chan”, the nickname for Chanthaburi, is about 330 kilometers south-east of Bangkok. It is famous for its gem and jewellery trading market which is the largest in the country. The province is also rich in natural resources with beautiful beaches, waterfalls, coral reefs and mountain tops. However, what draws me most to this area is the historical record. King Thaksin rallied the troops here after the fall of Ayutthaya and the French occupied the town for about 11 years after a territorial dispute.

The oldest part of the city is along the riverfront. Walking down these narrow lanes is not only like walking back in time but it also feels that you are being transported to another country. Many of the buildings, which are over one hundred years old, are in a dilapidated state. Others have unfortunately been pulled down and replaced with concrete structures.

But, it is not too late for them to do anything. Local people have banded together to help preserver their heritage. They are being supported by the local government and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) who preparing to turn these winding lanes into walking streets and the next tourist attraction for the city.

If you are planning on visiting Chanthaburi, or are passing through to head to Koh Chang in Trad, then make sure you take time to explore the old part of the city. More tourist information for this province at our ThailandGuidebook.com.

9 responses to “Old Town in Chanthaburi

  1. Looks quite typical of my childhood days home.They should be refurbished and preserve as historical heritage.
    The Hokkiens from Xiamen (China) are the ones with this design.
    Very grateful for your recommendation,hope to find a distant relative there when I make a visit.

  2. Visit on a Fri, Sat or Sun and you have the added attraction of the large ruby and sapphire market in “Gem Street” (Si Chan Road) in the mornings. It is estimated that 80% of the world’s ruby and sapphires pass through Chanthaburi.

  3. You mentioned the French occupied the town for about 11 years, yet there seems to be a Spanish influence on the old stone walls: “Casa Del Libro” and “cafe Floridita”. Is this some kind of trading link with Spain (by the river)?

  4. Are there many Chinese living in this part of the town?

  5. Jenhan
    Yes.The Chinese quarter is here by the riverside.

  6. Thank you for your prompt reply Khun Don.

    Refering to the first comment by Benny, are the Chinese here in Chanthaburi predominantly Hokkiens or Teochews?

  7. Sorry, Jen Han, I do not know.

    LeoAsia-Unable to find any special connection with Spain-trade etc.
    “Cafe Floridita” seems more Cuban than Spanish from research on this subject.

  8. Thank you for this excellent photo series. You’re spot on, Chanburi as the locals call it has some of the most beautiful old houses. And the food!

  9. Khun Don, are you Thai Chinese