Chumphon Park holiday guide (2020)

Chumphon Park

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Thailand Chumphon Park Guide

The province of Chumphon is officially called “Gate to Thailand’s South,” while Chumphon National Marine Park welcomes you to the southern islands of Thailand. Chumphon National Park covers 100km of beaches and 40 paradise islands. It is a hidden jewel of scuba diving in the Gulf of Thailand with spectacular reefs and unspoiled waters attracting whale sharks. It is surprising that international travelers widely neglect this pristine region. Do you want to be among them?

Chumphon Marine Park is located about 500 km south of Bangkok and offers an impressive mixture of culture, nature, and gastronomy – a miracle the region isn’t more popular! There are deserted white sandy beaches across pristine islands and majestic rocky coasts, as well as a myriad of cozy fishermen villages with the best of Thai seafood and locally produced traditional goods. Chumphon National Park is part of a much larger Chumphon Archipelago that includes famous islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan, and Koh Tao.

Announced as a National Park in 1989, Chumphon Marine Park spans an area of 317 square kilometers covering 100km of beaches and 40 islands in the Gulf of Thailand. The most popular islands include Koh Ngam Yai, Koh Ngam Noi, Koh Samed, Koh Mattra, Koh Lawa, Koh Kalok, Koh Langka Jew, Koh Phitak, and Koh Maphrao. Every year, thousands of people visit to do scuba dive and snorkel in its greenish-blue sea and relax on the white-sand beaches.

Arguably, the best time to visit Chumphon Marine Park is from March to late September. That period is known as a high diving season featuring sunny and stable weather, warm and calm waters, and lovely diving and snorkeling spots. Avoid October to December since these three months experience the highest level of rainfall and windy weather that sometimes makes it impossible for boats to reach these islands.

The capital of Chumphon Province, a cozy Chumphon town is called “Gate to Thailand’s South.” This location offers the closest accommodation to Chumphon Marine Park. Since nearby Chumphon islands are still off the tourist radar, the best option to enjoy it is while staying on a magical Koh Tao island. Koh Tao island is well-developed and by far on the tourist radar already, offering a wide range of accommodation options. So why not adding to your holiday on Koh Tao by exploring another paradise in Chumphon Marine Park?

  • Discover why Koh Langka Jew island is so pretty that King Rama V visited it three times
  • Visit quiet and secluded Koh Ngam Yai that resembles the shape of Buddha’s hand
  • Dive with whale sharks in one of the best dive sites in the Gulf of Thailand on Koh Ngam Noi
  • Dive deeper to explore Prab shipwreck that is almost identical in design to her sister ship – the Koh Tao’s Sattakut wreck
  • Swim through caves and snorkel impressive coral gardens at Koh Talu
  • Take a selfie at Koh Kalok known as Skull Island because of its shape
  • Beachcomb idyllic beaches and sandbanks on Koh Samed, the largest island of Chumphon Marine Park
  • Learn how villagers breed giant clams at Koh Mattra
  • Meet the gypsies collecting the bird’s nest soup on Koh Maphrao
  • Experience the hospitality of the “Gate to Thailand’s South” before island hopping further to Koh Tao, Koh Phangan, and Koh Samui
  • Best places in Chumphon Park

    Ngam Yai

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    Ngam Noi

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    Koh Talu

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    Koh Samed

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    Koh Mattra

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    Koh Maphrao

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    Langka Jew

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    Koh Phitak

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