Immediately south of Bangkok, Chonburi province is one of Thailand's foremost examples of how to convert sleepy fishing villages into first-rate resorts. Most places in the province are less than two hours from Bangkok by car.
Chonburi town is an inland community that serves as the usual gate of entry. Buses and minivans connect here from Bangkok in around two hours.
Most head straight to Bansuan, a nearby coastal resort that can be reached in less than an hour. Further south is Sattathip, where resorts perch on a cape jutting into the Gulf of Thailand. The local Royal Thai Navy Golf Course is also open to visitors.
Away from the resorts, visitors encounter one of the most candid settings in southern Thailand with quiet coastal villages. All the major tourist districts in the area rent out motorbikes.
The major resorts of Chonburi get plenty of attention, but there are a number of quieter escapes that often go unnoticed by tourists, including Koh Si Chang
. As an island of beaches and green hills dotted with Buddhist monasteries, it's popular with the weekend crowd, but mid-week tourists have the place to themselves.
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