Make time and stop at Chumphon in Thailand. Too many people just pass through Chumphon on their way to or from the islands of Tao, Phangan and Samui. Chumphon is on the train line that runs the length of Thailand and has a pier from which you can catch ferries out to the islands. Most people therefore don't hang around any longer than it takes to get off the train and get to the pier or vice versa which is a real shame. It really is a gorgeous, sleepy and welcoming city. Especially after you have being absconded at major tourism hubs like Koh Tao.
There really isn't much to do in the town, tourist wise, apart from visiting a few temples and museums. However, knowing that you can walk down the street without being hassled and that all the smiles you receive are just regular friendly people instead of people trying to sell you something helps you enjoy this sleepy little town.
We slept comfortably in our awesome accommodation, enjoyed our thrice daily walks looking at what Chumphon has to offer immensely, and didn't stop eating. Real Thai food at real Thai prices. There were a surprisingly large amount of good clothing stores.
We were so relaxed that we didn't take many photos. Enjoy our photo of Chumphon River.
The town of Chumphon is located just over 450 kilometres south of Bangkok and can be reached via train, bus or minivan. The ferries from the island of Koh Tao and on to Koh Phangan and Koh Samui also come through Chumphon.
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