Attractions In Chonburi
The Marine Scientific Institute (สถาบันวิทยาศาสตร์ทางทะเล) Situated in the Burapha University at Bang Saen Beach,. It is a modern aquarium with realistic underwater environment. There is a marine science museum which is open daily, except Mondays, from 8.30 a.m. until 4.00 p.m. on weekends open to 5.00 p.m. and fish feeding demonstration 2.30 p.m. Admission fee is 100 baht for adults and 50 baht for children. Tel. 0 3839 1671-3 for more information.
Bang Saen Beach (หาดบางแสน) A wel1-known holiday beach only 14 kilometres from the provincial town. From Sukhumvit Road., take a right turn at Kms.l04 and proceed on for another 3 kilometres to get there. ln 1943, the government built the first holiday resort in the country here. It is now under the supervision of Saen Suk Municipal Administration. Bang Saen Beach, is widely popular with Thai holiday—makers who happily romp along the long beach and partake in the tasty food available. Weekends are particularly crowded while it is relatively quiet during weekdays. Fronting the beach are hotels, bungalows, foodshops as well as recreational gears and bicycles for rent.
How to get there : Bus services are available from Bangkok’s Ekkamai Bus Terminal throughout the day. There are also local "Song Thaeo ” transports serving Chon Buri town-Nong Mon Market-Bang Saen Beach.
Laem Thaen (แหลมแท่น) is in the area of Bang Saen Beach near Khao Sam Muk. It is a cape reaching out to the sea where pavilions for relaxation and restaurants are situated. There are a lot of people coming to do fishing in the area. Moreover, a beautiful sculpture of a dolphin stands at this place.
Nong Mon Market (ตลาดหนองมน) On Sukhumvit Road., near the entrance Road., to Bang Saen Beach, is the widely popular Nong Mon Market. It offers a vast range of local products but mostly foodstuffs, both fresh and preserved. Among its well-known buys are different types of dried seafoods and local specialties.
The Mangrove Forest Conservation and Study
Center for Ecotourism (ศูนย์ศึกษาธรรมชาติและอนุรักษ์ป่าชายเลนเพื่อการท่องเที่ยวเชิงนิเวศน์) is located at Mu 3,Tambon Samet, covering an area of approximately 300 rai. It is an interesting ecotourism attraction. The centre has prepared a 2,300-metre-long wooden boardwalk for visitors to wander in the mangrove nature where its ecological system still remains in perfect condition. Moreover, there are also a bird-watching scaffold and various kinds of mangrove plants such as Kongkang (mangrove), Samet, Samae, Lamphu, etc. Also, there is marine life such as fiddler crab, “Y0k Fa ”, a new species of crab, as well as, various kinds of fish-eating birds. In front of the center is also a health park. The admission fee is l0 baht for adults and 5 baht for children. It is open daily, as well as, on public holidays from 8.30 a.m.-6.30 p.m. For more information, Tel. 0 3839 8268-9
How t0 get there : Take Sukhumvit Road from Mueang Chon Buri, the similar route to the Chon Buri Provincial Administration Office. Go straight on for 4 kilometres until the end of the road.