Millions of foreign tourists visit Pattaya each year not just for its beaches but also for its nightlife, golf courses, watersports, restaurants, cabaret shows, and zoos. The best part is that Chonburi province is just two hours away from Bangkok and you can either go for a day trip or an extended one.
In Amphur Bo Thong District of Chonburi province you will find the Ang Phak Nam waterfall and Khao Cha Ang stone mountain. The Ang Phak Nam waterfall is a 5-level waterfall on the Khao Yai range. The walk to the waterfall is 1.5 kilometers long through a forest which is home to many wild animals and birds. Khao Cha Ang is a stone mountain and is famous for its minerals and semi-precious stones. Embedded in the mountain is also a cave which is inhabited by over one hundred thousand fruit bats. Besides this, there are other caves namely Water Cave, Laplae Cave, and Dragon Cave.
In Amphur Koh Si Chang District, which is an island, you can visit the Chao Pho Khao Yai shrine. The shrine is a natural architectural masterpiece and is revered by both Thai and Chinese. From the shrine, you can get a breathtaking view of the island.
You can also visit the Si Chang Palace which was built during the reign of King Rama V as a summer palace. Each building in the compound of the palace was named after the King’s consorts who were responsible for their respective buildings. The palace is now a museum and is open to the general public.
In Amphur Muang District of Chonburi province, you can visit the Nong Mon Market, which is located on Sukhumvit Road along the way to Bang Saen. The market is popular for is local seafood like squid, shrimp and fish which can be bought either fresh or preserved. In addition you can also purchase sweets and sweetmeats including the popular Khao Lam, a traditional Thai dessert cooked and served in a bamboo tube.
Every year in October, the Chonburi province hosts the Chonburi Buffalo Races. Besides buffalo races, there are many beauty contests and contests pitting buffalo and man, making the entire event a fun-filled festival.