Chanthaburi is known throughout Thailand for its of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Catholic building in the country and known around the world for its gem stones market which takes place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings. The city located 245 kilometers from Bangkok is not very popular with foreign tourists but its riverfront, the historic quarter with houses of different colonial styles and the bridge leading to the cathedral beautifully lit at night make it a place with charm where you can easily enjoy spending a day or two.
Outside the city you will find some interesting temples such as Wat Khao Sukim, lush nature and waterfalls or little known and rather deserted during week days beautiful beaches. The most famous beach. The most famous beach in the area is probably Hat Chao Lao Beach.