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My Travel Story: Chonburi Si Chang Island 2007
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    Chonburi Si Chang Island 2007

    These photos was taken by my friend with her CANON EOS350D

    Si Chang Island locate at Chonburi Province.
    How to go there

    We went there by caught a bus from Ekamai Bus Station(BKK) to Bangsean suburb in Chonburi. The oneway-ticket fare cost me 50-70 baht per person. I could not remember about it exactly but must not more than 100 baht at the moment.

    While we arrived to Bangsean. we must take a local share taxi öÊͧá¶Ç for 10-20 baht each, heading to Seechung port. The boat fare was 50 baht per person.

    We arrived to Ko Si Chang port and then hired a motobike there for 300 a day(24 hours) not included a gasoline. It is also your responsibility to fill it up while using and when return it to the owner. You could drive around the Island.

    Activities on Ko Si Chang Island

    -You can ask for a day trip tour for snokling and diving 1000 baht/person
    -Outdoor activities such as hiring the jet ski1000THB/30 mins,banana boat800-1200THB/hour, parachut,and so on.
    -enjoy sunbathing
    -fishing , catching squid at port at night time. You could hire a rouge for 100 baht/hour . Equipment are available for hiring there. Or you can ask for fishing on a boat for 2000-3000 /trip( for 3-5 person).

    There are many nice and clean guesthouse for 400-700 baht a night.
    You might check-in for a small shatter at 200-400 baht a night/2 person
    For Tent, I really have no idea, It could be free or 100 baht a night (depends on where is it)
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    Re: Chonburi-SeeChung Island 2007

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    Re: Chonburi-SeeChung Island 2007

    Thanks for your pictures. I changed the "English" spelling of your report title to "Ko Si Chang" as that is more recognizable version.

    I went there a few years back - a nice unforgotten island. I have two reports at www.ThailandGuideBook.com:

    A Trip to Koh Si Chang
    Koh Chang to Rayong

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    Re: Chonburi Si Chang Island 2007

    Hi. A newbie here. We're heading to BKK in little over a month for a few days in Trang, Hua Hin. In addtion, thanks to Richards' report on "A trip to Koh Si Chang" we're going there for a few days, too, with our heads stuck in a book.

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    Re: Chonburi Si Chang Island 2007

    To where in Trang are you headed?

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    Re: Chonburi Si Chang Island 2007

    General Information
    Chon Buri – The Nearest Seaside Retreat
    Chonburi, Bangkok’s nearest seaside town, is located on the eastern coast of the Gulf of Thailand, only 80 kilometers from Bangkok. The area boasts abundant natural resources, which are highlighted by delightful beaches, local colors, traditions, delicacies and fresh seafood. This is a popular resort among Bangkokians who seek the nearest escape from hectic weekly schedules as Chon Buri has something for everyone. In addition, Chon Buri is the center of the Eastern Seaboard Development Project, with its industrial parks and fishing villages.

    Pattaya
    Pattaya – A Traveler’s Paradise
    Pattaya is nestled along a picturesque bay on the East Coast of the Gulf of Thailand, roughly 170 kilometers southeast of Bangkok. From a fishing village in the 1960's, Pattaya has emerged as the favorite Southeast Asian vacation center. A fascinating escape where tourists, holiday makers and vacationers from around the world unfold an incomparable array of possibilities to unwind during an exotic holiday beach vacation.

    Unlike other beach resorts, where natural surroundings are used as magnets to attract tourists, Pattaya makes an all-out attempt to provide the best of everything. Here, “everything” means everything a tourist can imagine while on holiday: recreation, entertainment, sports, sightseeing and fun. To put it simply, Pattaya is a paradise for everyone, as it has a variety of attractions suitable for all types of visitors. This is the place where you can fill your day, from dusk to dawn, with endless activities, or you may choose to do nothing at all and relax.

    The Past
    Pattaya's name was originated from the march of Phraya Tak (later known as King Taksin the Great) and his followers from Ayutthaya to Chanthaburi just before the fall of the Ayutthaya Kingdom to the Burmese invaders in 1767.

    When Phraya Tak's army arrived in the vicinity of what is Pattaya today, he encountered the troops of Nai Klom who tried to intercept him. When the two leaders met face to face, Nai Klom was awed by Phraya Tak's dignified manner and his army's strict discipline, thereby surrendering without a fight. The place where the two armies confronted each other was later called Thap Phraya, which means the Army of the Phraya. This was later changed to Phatthaya, which happens to mean the wind blowing from the southwest to the northeast at the beginning of the rainy season. Today the spelling of the name has been simplified to Pattaya.

    For centuries, Pattaya was a small fishing village almost cut off from the outside world. But a big change occurred on 29 April 1961 when the first group of about 100 American servicemen who would join the Vietnam War arrived in Pattaya for relaxation. Soon, sleepy Pattaya became Thailand's premier and most successful beach resort, which annually attracts hundreds of thousands of pleasure-seeking visitors. A full range of accommodations from super deluxe hotels to bungalows and mini-pocket guesthouses replaced fishermen’s huts along the beach. Fishing vessels were adapted to become tourist boats and swimmers and sunbathers from various parts of the world frequented the quiet powdery golden beaches. Places of nighttime entertainment have also sprung up and are popular among international tourists.

    The Present
    Pattaya currently integrates the delights of a 1st class beach resort, city-like dining, shopping and night entertainment facilities with more than 300 assorted hotels, thousands of shops, restaurants and bars. In addition, there are an array of sports and recreational activities including beaches, golf courses, tennis courts, go-kart, gyms for working out, weight lifting and Thai-boxing gear. Pattaya offers a broad range of things to do. During the day, one may enjoy riding elephants or driving humble automatic mini-bikes, monstrous motorcycles, or even monster multicolored convertible Jeeps. Others go for shooting firearms, scuba diving and surfing, deep-sea fishing, speed boats, scooters, water-skiing, parasailing, or aerial sports such as gliding ultra-lights and flying motor-propelled gliders. On the other hand, at night, there are restaurants, bars, theaters, cabaret shows, night clubs, bowling halls, billiard & snooker clubs, exotic erotic shows, discos, sauna & massage parlors, not to cite its absolutely incredible shopping which is available non-stop both day-and-night.

    Pattaya Facts
    This exotic beach resort welcomes approximately 5 million visitors a year. The friendly and hospitable Thai nature boosts its promotion, frequently bringing back the repeat visitors and constantly increasing the number of newcomers.

    Pattaya city is located on the eastern coast of the country at latitude 13? N and longitude 101? E in the area of Chon Buri province. It is 147 kilometers from Bangkok and lies parallel to Sukhumvit Road on its east and the coastline on its west. Pattaya occupies an area of 208.1 sq. km. that is divided into 53.44 sq. kilometers of land and 154.66 sq. kilometers of islands and sea. Its coastline is 15 kilometers long.

    Pattaya has a plain on the coast with some high mountains to the south. The area on the east slopes down towards the sea on the west.

    Administration
    Pattaya City has been administered under a special autonomous system since 1978. It has a status comparable to that of a municipality and is administered separately by the mayor of Pattaya City, who is responsible for making policies, organizing public services, and supervising all employees of Pattaya City Administration.
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