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Located less than 100 kilometers from Bangkok at the northern end of the Gulf of Thailand, Chon Buri province is a quick drive from Bangkok and boasts numerous attractions. From fun-in-the-sun beaches to hedonistic disco bars, there’s something for just about everyone here. Chon Buri includes Pattaya, a city which grew rapidly in the 1960s when US troops in the Vietnam War flocked to it from nearby Sattahip base for ‘R&R’. Post-war, the city went on to become one of the country’s prime tourist destinations.

The province notably includes 48 islands, secluded beaches and offers plenty of opportunities for the visitor to experience Thailand’s captivating natural beauty. Visitors seeking more subterranean pursuits won’t be disappointed – Chon Buri’s most popular destination, Pattaya, is a hub for those in search of pulsating nightlife.

Geography and history

Chon Buri contains a range of mountains, stretching from the north west to the south east of the province, and is located on what is often referred to as the ‘Bay of Bangkok’.

Archeological discoveries made in 1979 at Pha-Na Nichom district reveal that there were active settlements and communities in Chon Buri over 2,000 years ago. Tales from Thai folklore include references to the prosperity of Sri Pha-Ro, which was a center for sea trade during the Ayutthaya period. However, towards the end of the Ayutthaya period and throughout the Lopburi era the towns became uninhabited. There was a revival during the Rattanakosin era and later, during the reign of King Rama VI, a naval base was established in Sattahip.