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6 Things to see and do in Chanthaburi - A recipe for an exciting tour!

Chanthaburi is a region in Thailand that borders Battambang and Pailin of Cambodia. It might not be as glamorous as Bangkok, but you sure can have fun if you know how to go about it!

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The Old Town Waterfront Community

Off the banks of Mae Nam Chanthaburi is the Waterfront Community. You can see restored houses lining the streets and elderly people sharing their tales with one another. If you've taken an interest in the history of the province, visit the Learning House – there are paintings, old pictures and architectural layouts. The region is slowly transforming into a tourist hub with all the emerging art galleries and coffee shops. But you can still see many private homes there.

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Red Building

Nearly 30km away from Chanthaburi is the Red Building – or in other words, Tuk Daeng. The building was the idea of the French army, and it is built with red bricks and painted with red paint. The bricks were brought in from Pikardsuuk Fortress which is why it holds some importance with regards to history. The French army used the building as a guardhouse, and now it serves as a school library.

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Noen Nang Phaya

If you want to enjoy the loveliest views ever, make your way to Noen Nang Phaya viewpoint. It is thought to be one of the best viewpoints in the East. The place is located between Kung Krabaen Bay and Kung Wiman Beach and is known by everybody in the country. The viewpoint is situated off the sea so you can imagine what lovely surroundings you get to experience.

4

Play golf

What do you say to a game of golf? It would be marvellous if you could enjoy your favourite sport while you are on tour – and it is a possibility if you know where to go. Of course, you can book a hotel in Chanthaburi with a golf course – for example, Chatrium Golf Resort Soidao boasts a beautiful golf course – but you have one other option; Golf Course – which is located about 7km away from the city. It is often called the Queen's golf course and sits in the midst of lush greenery.

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The Catholic Church

Hugging the river bank, the Catholic Church is visited by many who want to admire its brilliant Gothic architecture. The church was built in 1909 and is the largest of such establishments. The original roof was taken down during World War II as it was too tall and could have been a possible target. The statue there holds some significance due to it being a gift from goldsmiths and gem dealers. The church can be visited from 8.30am to 16.30am, and there's no entrance fee.

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City Pillar Shrine

Right in front of the Taskin Camp is the City Pillar Shrine. The pillar was built about 250 years ago and was the idea of King Taskin. The shrine has gone through renovations over time and now is not the same but still has a few old traces. The site is absolutely peaceful as it is surrounded by rough bushes and Bodhi trees.