Located 245 km. from Bangkok, Chanthaburi is one of the Kingdom’s less visited provinces, though one full of varied attractions. Known as the ‘garden province’, the 6,338 sq. km. province is famous for its fertile land that gives plentiful yields of fruit; such as, mangosteen, rambutan, and durian. The earth also yields rubies and sapphires, and Chanthaburi town remains an important trading centre for precious stones. Adding charm to the town is the Chanthaburi River, while the population comprises a colourful mix of ancient communities. Beyond the town, the province is characterised by an interior of forests and scenic waterfalls, and a coastline dotted with quiet fishing villages and peaceful beaches.