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Chumphon’s Attractions

Thung Wua Laen Beach
A popular tourist attraction, Thung Wua Laen beach can become crowded with local people who go there at holiday times. A long, wide stretch of sand, the beach is ideal for swimming and water sports. Outside of holiday periods, the beach is generally quiet although it is visited more than neighboring beaches. At the southern end of the beach in front of Chumphon Cabana Resort, there is an underwater rocky area, which is a fertile spot for sponge seaweed, sea flowers and various species of fish – a popular place for diving.

Facilities : This is a lively beach with a number of restaurants, shops, restrooms, motorcycles for rent, and a police station. Chumphon Cabana Resort offers a one-day package tour, touring Chumphon’s islands, and a diving course.

Scuba Diving

Koh Ngam Yai and Koh Ngam Noi
About 17 km offshore from Thung Wua Laen Beach, a visit to the islands of Koh Ngam Yai and Koh Ngam Noi, just 300m apart, is the highlight of Chumphon’s island tours. The topography of the islands is steep, rocky limestone cliffs encircled by a variety of fertile coral reefs with colorful fish, and spots suitable for snorkeling or scuba diving. The islands, deserted except for workers looking after the bird’s nest concessions, are among the most popular in the sea off Chumphon.

There aren’t any suitable, overnight facilities so the one-day tour is recommended. Boats can be rented from Chumphon estuary for individual use, or tourists can use the package tour of Chumphon Cabana Resort with diving facilities, buoy and lunch.

Koh Chorakhe
Location: The island of Koh Chorakhe is about 11 km from Thung Wua Laen Beach One of the islands seen in the distance from Thung Wua Laen beach, Koh Chorakhe is rocky with steep cliffs and is uninhabited. But around the island there are coral reefs, sea flowers and colorful fish, which can be viewed both by scuba diving and snorkeling because of the differing sea depths. This is a good place to spend time diving and fishing from morning till evening, returning to stay overnight at Thung Wua Laen beach.

Facilities: As there is no accommodation on the island, tourists usually stay in accommodation around Thung Wua Laen beach and take the one-hour trip there and back. Boats can be rented from Chumphon estuary and a full dive program is available from Chumphon Cabana Resort , Thung Wua Laen beach.

Boat Pier to Koh Tao at Pak Nam Chumphon (Chumphon Estuary)
Location: The pier is in Tha Yang sub district of Muang district, about 7 km from Chumphon town and 13 km from Chumphon estuary.

Boats leave Tha Yang pier everyday for Koh Tao and are similarly priced whether you travel on a boat with sleeping accommodation or by speedboat.

The new pier at Chumphon estuary is the most important pier in the economic life of Chumphon as it supports the large fishing community there. At the end of the road is Pak Nam Chumphon police station near Pak Nam beach and a wide beach area that offers panoramic views out to sea and Koh Ma Ta Pon close to the mainland, where the lighthouse is located.

A boat service operates between the old and new piers in Chumphon estuary. A village in the area of the old pier in Chumphon estuary is well known for preserved seafood, which tourists can buy to take home as keepsakes.