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Chonburi (Thai: ชลบุรี, RTGSChon Buri,  [tɕ͡ʰōn bū.rīː] (About this soundlisten)) is an eastern province (changwat) of Thailand.[2] Its capital is Chonburi. Neighboring provinces are (from north clockwise) Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi, and Rayong. To the west is the Gulf of Thailand. Chonburi is home to Thailand's largest tourist-oriented city, Pattaya (also spelled Phatthaya). It is home to Thailand's largest and primary seaport. Due to these factors, the province's population is growing rapidly, with currently some 1.7 million residents (albeit with a large floating or unregistered population).[3] The registered population as of 31 December 2012 was 1.36 million.[4]


Flag of Chonburi
Official seal of Chonburi
Map of Thailand, with a small highlighted area near the centre of the country, near the coast of the Gulf of Thailand
Location within Thailand
Coordinates: 13°13′N 101°11′E / 13.217°N 101.183°E / 13.217; 101.183Coordinates: 13°13′N 101°11′E / 13.217°N 101.183°E / 13.217; 101.183
RegionEastern Thailand
Settledc. 7th century, as Phrarot city
Founded as city1897–1932
Founded as province1933
Governing bodyChonburi Provincial Office
 • TypeProvince
 • GovernorPhakkhrathon Thianchai
(since October 2016)
 • Province4,363 km2 (1,685 sq mi)
50 m (160 ft)
(2017 census)[1]
 • Province1,509,125
 • Rank9th
 • Density350/km2 (900/sq mi)
 • Density rank10th
Time zoneUTC+07:00 (ICT)
Postal code
Area code(s)038
ISO 3166 codeTH-20



Chonburi Province displayed in the history since Dvaravati period, Khmer period and Sukhothai period. The origin of Chonburi is small fishing towns and farming communities scattered in distant cities. The Ayutthaya Kingdom defined Chonburi to be the Commodore class city. The Triphum map appeared the names of Chonburi’s district. From north to south is Bangsai District, Bangplasoi District and Bangphrarua District (Present’s name is Bangphra District) and Banglamung District. Although it is a small town, it enriches natural resources both on land and at sea. There were agriculture and fishing from the past. Moreover, They contacted with the Chinese sailing who came to trade with Siam. In Chonburi Province area had people who have been inhabited since prehistoric times namely the Stone Age. Around the lowland areas along Panthong river had the Neolithic man. They used polished stone axes to harvest, to hunting, to chase. Including, they used beads, bracelets, the pottery which made a pattern by taking a rope into the wet soil. An archaeologist also found remnants of seafood, oysters, crabs, and fish. In 1979, from drilling at the Phanomdee district, Phanatnikhom, the archaeologist found prehistoric man’s clue. The assuming is 4,363 square kilometers of Chonburi Province used to be the three glory ancient cities namely Phrarot city, Triphala city, and Phayarae City. The three cities merged to be Chonburi province in present.[5][6]

Phrarot CityEdit

In the Dvaravati period and Lop Buri period, approximately 1400-700 years ago, there are traces of the city known as "Muang Phrarot" at Na Phrathat district Phanasnikhom district in present. Phrarot city located at the lowland where has many rivers to converge and becoming Phanthong river. The Phrarot city’s inhabitants could use the river to transport, to contact with Sri Mahosot City in Prachinburi (In present this area is Ban Sra Ma Khua, Ban Khok Wat and Ban Nho Sa Kae) until Aranyapratate Tai. Moreover, It also had a pedestrian path connecting to Rayong Province and Chanthaburi Province. The route passes Paya Rae, the other ancient city of Chonburi. Phrarot City became a transportation hub of Chonburi in that time. Archaeologists had found that Phrarot City was an ancient city in the same period with Sriphalo City because it appeared an ancient pathway connecting the two cities at a distance of approximately 20 kilometers.


The word "chon" originates from the Sanskrit word "jala" meaning water, and the word "buri" from Sanskrit "puri" meaning "town" or "city". Hence the name of the province literally means "city of water".


The province is on the Bay of Bangkok, the northern end of the Gulf of Thailand. The Khao Khiao mountain range stretches from the northwest to the southeast of the province, while the fertile plains of the north were long used for farming. In Laem Chabang, in the south of the province, is one of the few deep-water harbours of Thailand.

The provincial permanent legal population has risen at nearly 4% annually from 1,040,865 in 2000 to 1,554,365 in 2010.[3] There is a large floating population of long term residents (non-Thai) without permanent status, on perpetual tourist visa and/or migrant workers (legal or not), as well as heavy, short term tourist influxes.


The provincial seal shows the hill Khao Sam Muk, on which there is a sala with a statue of the goddess Chao Mae Sahm Muk of whom it is believed that she protects seafaring fishermen and the local population.[7]

The provincial tree and flower is the "New Guinea Rosewood" (Pterocarpus indicus, called Mai Pradu in Thai).[citation needed]

The provincial motto is 'Beautiful beaches, delicious khao lam, sweet sugar cane, delicate basketry products, and buffalo racing.'[citation needed]

Administrative divisionsEdit

Provincial governmentsEdit

Chonburi Province consists of 11 districts (amphoe). These are further subdivided into 92 sub-districts (tambons) and 687 villages (mubans).

Listed below is each entity's name in English, and Thai.

Map # Name Thai Population (2015) Subdivisions
1 Mueang Chonburi เมืองชลบุรี 322,057 13 tambons — 107 mubans
2 Ban Bueng บ้านบึง 103,904 8 tambons — 52 mubans
3 Nong Yai หนองใหญ่ 23,609 5 tambons — 24 mubans
4 Bang Lamung บางละมุง 293,070 5 tambons — 61 mubans
5 Phan Thong พานทอง 62,593 11 tambons — 76 mubans
6 Phanat Nikhom พนัสนิคม 62,593 20 tambons — 128 mubans
7 Si Racha ศรีราชา 293,229 8 tambons — 72 mubans
8 Ko Sichang เกาะสีชัง 5,038 1 tambon — 7 mubans
9 Sattahip สัตหีบ 159,395 5 tambons — 41 mubans
10 Bo Thong บ่อทอง 49,623 6 tambons — 47 mubans
11 Ko Chan เกาะจันทร์ 37,113 2 tambons — 27 mubans

Local governmentsEdit

# Name Thai District (Amphoe) Tambon(s) Population (2015/18)
Special Governed City
1 Pattaya พัทยา Bang Lamung Na Kluea, Nong Prue, Nong Pla Lai and Huai Yai 320,262
City Municipality
2 Chaophraya Surasak เจ้าพระยาสุรศักดิ์ Si Racha Surasak, Bueng, Nong Kham, Khao Khansong and Bo Win 133,000
3 Laem Chabang แหลมฉบัง Bang Lamung and Si Racha Thung Sukhla, Bueng, Surasak, Nong Kham and Bang Lamung 78,341
Town Municipality
4 Nong Prue หนองปรือ Bang Lamung Nong Prue 73,024
5 Ban Suan บ้านสวน Mueang Chonburi Ban Suan, Nong Ri and Nong Khang Khok 67,566
6 Saen Suk แสนสุข Mueang Chonburi Saen Suk, Mueang and Huai Kapi 46,217
7 Ang Sila อ่างศิลา Mueang Chonburi Ang Sila, Ban Puek, Samet and Huai Kapi 30,538
8 Chonburi* ชลบุรี Mueang Chonburi Ban Khot, Bang Pla Soi and Makham Yong 27,815
9 Sattahip* สัตหีบ Sattahip Sattahip 22,657
10 Si Racha* ศรีราชา Si Racha Si Racha 21,848
11 Ban Bueng* บ้านบึง Ban Bueng Ban Bueng 20,723
12 Prok Fa ปรกฟ้า Ko Chan Ko Chan 14,254
13 Phanat Nikhom* พนัสนิคม Phanat Nikhom Phanat Nikhom 10,567
Subdistrict Municipality
Napa นาป่า Mueang Chonburi Napa 38,548
Huai Yai ห้วยใหญ่ Bang Lamung Huai Yai 22,208
Samet เสม็ด Mueang Chonburi Samet 21,383
Huai Kapi ห้วยกะปิ Mueang Chonburi Huai Kapi 14,881
That Thong ธาตุทอง Bo Thong That Thong 13,253
Bang Sai บางทราย Mueang Chonburi Bang Sai 12,269
Don Hua Lo ดอนหัวฬ่อ Mueang Chonburi Don Hua Lo 11,779
Nong Mai Daeng หนองไม้แดง Mueang Chonburi Nong Mai Daeng 10,689
Tha Bun Mi เกาะจันทร์ Ko Chan Tha Bun Mi 6,612
Mueang เหมือง Mueang Chonburi Mueang 6,595
Ko Sichang* เกาะสีชัง Ko Sichang Tha Thewawong 4,838
Ko Chan* เกาะจันทร์ Ko Chan Ko Chan 4,752
Klongtumru คลองตำหรุ Mueang Chonburi Klongtumru 4,332



Chonburi is about 120 kilometres (75 mi) by road from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), the country's largest International airport. By road, it is accessed from Sukhumvit Road and Motorway 7 from Bangkok. Chonburi is also served by scheduled flights via U-Tapao International Airport (UTP) which is 45 minute drive south of the city.


The main road through Chonburi is Thailand Route 3, also known as Sukhumvit Road. To the north-east it connects to Bangkok and to south it connects to Rayong Province, Chanthaburi Province and Trat Province. Route 344 leads east to Klaeng (which is also on Route 3). Route 7 runs parallel to Route 3 but bypasses the densely populated coastal area, connecting to the beach resort city of Pattaya.


State Railway of Thailand, the national passenger rail system, provides service in the province, with the main station being Chon Buri Railway Station.


Many hospitals exist in Chonburi, both public and private. Chonburi has one university hospital, Burapha University Hospital. Its main hospital operated by the Ministry of Public Health is Chonburi Hospital. Hospitals operated by other organisations such as the Thai Red Cross Society (Queen Savang Vadhana Memorial Hospital), and the Royal Thai Navy (Queen Sirikit Naval Hospital) are also located in the province.


Some nine million visitors to the province were recorded in 2012, of which 6.1 million were from abroad, most of these being Russian, 2.2 million visitors.[8]



Chonburi Annual Festival (งานนมัสการพระพุทธสิหิงค์และงานกาชาดประจำปีจังหวัดชลบุรี) fair held mid-April during the Songkran Festival. Phra Phutthaishing, Chonburi's principal Buddha image, is carried in a procession around the city.

Wan Lai Festival (ประเพณีวันไหล) is a Chonburi merit-making day of the seamen on the Thai New Year during the Songkran Festival, running from 13–20 April every year. There is almsgiving to the monks, the ritual pouring of water onto the Buddha's image, sand pagoda making, splashing water and local games and sports in Chonburi. The areas where the Wan Lai Festival is organized are as follows:

Pattaya–Na Kluea Wan Lai Festival and Na Kluea Kong Khao Fair (งานประเพณีวันไหล พัทยา- นาเกลือ และงานกองข้าวนาเกลือ) are organized on 18–20 April every year at Lan Pho Public Park, Na Kluea and Wat Chai Mongkhon in south Pattaya.
Songkran Si Maha Racha Festival and Kong Khao Tradition (งานประเพณีสงกรานต์ศรีมหาราชาและงานประเพณีกองข้าว) an ancient festival of the locals. Si Racha District preserves this tradition and organizes it every year, during 19–21 April, to worship the gods who have been protecting them throughout the year. Activities include the procession led by the elderly and organizations in traditional Thai costume, a worship ceremony, spirit offering ceremony, Kong Khao tradition demonstration, local games, demonstrations, and sales of traditional desserts and local food.
Ko Phra Sai Wan Lai Festival, Bang Saen (งานประเพณีก่อพระทรายวันไหล บางแสน) Originally, it was called "Ngan Thambun Wan Lai", a gathering of people from villages to do the merit making in the Songkran Festival or the Thai New Year's Day, taking place on 16–17 April, every year. Monks from every temple in Saen Suk sub-district are invited to perform the religious ceremony. There is merit-making, food offering and bahting ceremony. Later, there are activities of sand pagoda making, water splashing, local games and sports.

Ngan Bun Klang Ban and Phanat Nikhom Basketwork (งานบุญกลางบ้าน และเครื่องจักสานพนัสนิคม) On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in the first week of May or the Thai 6th lunar month. The locals bring food, offer it to the monks, and dedicate the merit to the guardian spirits, enemies from a former life, deceased relatives, as well as, to drive out bad things, to ask for rain during the season and to wish for abundant food and plants. After the religious ceremony, there is lunch, local games, and a demonstration of Phanat Nikhom basketry making.

Chonburi Buffalo Race (งานประเพณีวิ่งควาย) In Ban Bueng and Nong Yai districts. The animals are dressed outrageously or with creatively by owners. Assembled in the courtyard in front of the town hall, the buffaloes partake in racing, or take part in physical fitness and fashion contests. The Chonburi Buffalo Race festival started more than 100 years ago.[9] Usually, the races will be complemented with booths selling locally made items, stage performances, games and beauty contests.[10] The annual Buffalo Race, held around the 11th lunar month, normally in October. It takes seven days and takes place on the field in front of the city and provincial government offices. The highlight of the festival is the buffalo race which is on the last two days. This race is 100 meters– long. The prize for the first nose past the finish line is a trophy and some money.[11]


List of current professional sports based in Chonburi:

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Population of the Kingdom" (PDF). Department of Provincial Affairs (DOPA) Thailand (in Thai). 2017-12-31. Retrieved 16 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Chon Buri". Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Retrieved 31 May 2015.
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  5. ^ "History of Chonburi Province". Tourism and Sports ,Office Chonburi Province. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  6. ^ "History of Chonburi Province". Chonburi Provincial Office (in Thai). Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Chonburi". THAILEX Travel Encyclopedia. Archived from the original on 2015-11-27. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  8. ^ "Chon Buri sees 9mn visitors in 2012". The Nation. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  9. ^ สำนักงานคณะกรรมการวัฒนธรรมแห่งชาติ, ประเพณีวิ่งควาย (1994). ชีวิตไทยชุดบรรพบุรุษของเรา.กรุงเทพฯ : คุรุสภาลาดพร้าว, 2013
  10. ^ "Chonburi buffalos race Oct. 14-20". Pattaya Mail. 2013-09-06. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  11. ^ "Buffalo Racing". Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT). Archived from the original on 2015-06-10. Retrieved 31 May 2015.


External linksEdit

  1. ^ 13. Pattaya Area Guide. [online] Available at: [Accessed 1 April. 2018].
  2. ^ 14. Wang Saen Suk Hell Garden: A Glimpse of the Buddhist Underworld. [online] Available at: [Accessed 1 April. 2018].
  3. ^ 15. Destination: Wat Saen Suk – one of the best hell temples yet (NSFW). [online] Available at: [Accessed 1 April. 2018].