The Emblem of Chonburi

Introduction
     Chonburi  Province  is  approximately 81 kms from Bangkok on the Bang Na-Trat  route.  Asid  from  being  a  place long famous as a seaside tourist destination.  Chonburi  is  also  one  of  the  most  important  agricultural and industrial   centers   of   Thailand.  Chonburi  has  rice  farming,  sugar  cane, tapioca,  coconut  plantations,  deep - sea  and  shallow-water  fishing,  and industrial factories.       
     Chonburi's  administration  is divided into 9 Amphoe (districts) and 1 King Amphoe   (sub - district).  They  are  Amphoe  Muang,  Amphoe  Ban  Bung, Amphoe   Sriracha,   Amphoe  Bang  Lamung,  Amphoe  Sattahip,  Amphoe Nong Yai, Amphoe Bo Thong, and King Amphoe Ko Sichang.

Geographical Feature of Chonburi
      Chonburi has an area of 4,363 sq. km. A long mountain range runs straight   through   the   center   of   the   province   from   northwest    to southeast.  The  northern  part  of  the  province is flat and suitable for agriculture.  The western and southern parts uses to be forested and hilly  but  at  present  mainly  consist  of  clearings.  They are used for farming  such as tapioca and sugar can but many people are turning to   growing   rubber.   All   these   economic  plants  bring  substantial income to the province.

     
     Chonburi  is  situated  on  the  eastern coast of the gulf of Thailand, Thus, the western part of the province  borders  the  gulf  from  north  to  south  for  a  total  of  156 km.  As  a  result,  the  average temperature is moderate, not tot hot and not to cold.
     Chonburi's  coastline  has  many  beautiful beaches highly conductive to  tourism  such  as  Bang  Saen Beach, Pattaya Beach and Na Jomtien Beach,  including  the  islands  of  Ko  Lan and Ko Sichang. Most of these beaches  are  in  the southern part of the province. The north coast ling is mainly  marchland  all  the  way  down  to Ang Sila. Some beaches in the south such as Sriracha and Bang Sare are muddy and rocky.
     The  province  is void of any river passing through it, only some small streams which flow down from  the  mountains  to  the  gulf.  There  is  only  1  large,  natural  lake,  which  is  Nong Takhian in Amphoe  Sattahip.  The  lack  of a  water  source  has  been  partly solved by the construction of a reservoir  at  Tambon  Bang  Phra, Amphoe Sriracha, Which was the first in the province, followed by  one  each  at Nong Kho, Map Prachan and Bang Bung. Nonetheless, the province still lacks a fresh  water source for use and consumption. The government is seriously tackling the problem to find a quick solution.

Border
North :
South :
East::
West::
Chachoengsao and Samutprakarn
Rayong
Chanthaburi
The Gulf of Thailand

History
     There  is  evidence  that  Chonburi  has  existed  ever since the Ayutthaya period. The province was  originally  composed  of  3  small  towns  which  were Bang  Sai, Bang Pla soi and Bang Pra. They were subsequently formed in to the province of Chonburi during the reign of King Rama V.

How to get there
By Bus
     -   Non  air-conditioned  buses  leave  every 15 minutes, starting from 05.30-20.00 hrs. Fare is 22 Baht. (Tel. 66-2-3912504)
     -   Air conditioned buses leave every 30 minutes from 6.00-21.00 hrs. Fare is 40 Baht. (Tel. 66-2-3919829)

By Car

     1. Bangna-Trat (Highway No.34)
     2. Bangkok-Meanburi (Highway No.304)
     3. Sukhumwit Road (Highway No.3)