Chumphon coast and islands in Thailand is 222km coast and 44 islands. It is so famous because of waterfalls, peaceful beaches, green forests, mangroves and rivers. In addition, the people are friendly and food prices reasonable. Chumphon is like a beautiful girl without make-up.
Locals and their traditional way of life are a big draw. A total of 16 communities have set about promoting their home as a tourist attraction. They want to generate more income for their families and share the fishing and farming culture with city people.
Long coast and islands
Koh Phithak, in the Gulf of Thailand, spans 712 rai with 42 households. Most villagers are fishermen and farmers, and their additional task is running the Koh Phithak Homestay.
Each year, Koh Phithak welcomes more than 100,000 visitors. The island boasts a good viewpoint on the cape where travellers can see Koh Tao, Koh Samui and Koh Phangan on a clear day.
There are several good diving sites nearby. Among them are Koh Ngam Yai, Koh Ngam Noi and Koh Rang Ka Chiu, part of Mu Koh Chumphon National Park, which spans 317 square km and has a sea area of 165,969 rai. Marine life abounds, although it is not the most varied.
Koh Ngam Yai and Koh Ngam Noi are under concessions for bird’s-nest collection, and tourists are prohibited from entering the islands.
Travel boats drop anchor at buoys in the sea, automatically limiting the number of travellers and protecting marine life. Local diving companies in Chumphon have joined with tour agents in Ranong to forge ties between the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.
Suvarin Mayazes, president of the Chumphon Tourism Business Association (CTBA), says the low season (May-November) in the Andaman Sea is the same as the high season in the Gulf of Thailand. The diving tour business in Chumphon has boomed since the collaboration began.