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Living in Chanthaburi. Would you recommend it?

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Water Buffalo - estimate there are approaching 150 resorts of varying standards/pricing along the long stretch of Chao Lao.

'On the beach' is limiting - it's a fairly narrow strip between the road/sea, also prices a lot higher as a consequence

I can't recommend hotels/resorts, however a good guideline re location will help you cut many out of consideration.

The 'north/Rayong' end of the beach is known as Laem Sadet, resorts here but the beach is generally better for surfcasting/kayaking than swimming, drops off to deep water very quickly, it is signposted as a 'no-swim area'

At the other, south/Trat end of Chao Lao, some nice looking resorts/hotels but the beach here is more akin to mudflats at times.

Go for the middle! Between the CL Pier and the beach in front of the intersection with the dugong roundabout has the best, cleanest, safest sections of beach.

As examples, the recently opened Blues River Resort in range 4-10,000b a night, pool, restaurant etc; across the road, Ton Wa resort we've had numerous friends stay there, 600-1200 a night for small chalet, 5min walk to beach.

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Chao Lao - Laem Sadet in distance.

Lots of options, enjoy your stay.

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Thanks for the advice gomangosteen!

We ended up booking a resort on Laem Sing (about 1.5km down from the river delta).

Heading there for Song Kran to get away from the Isaan village where we live. Gets a bit crazy up here (local mafia boys partying).

Thanks again!

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I don't know re Chan city - told some of the hotels have pools available for casual users/non-guests but have not needed, as near us we have the Tha Mai pool/fitness park area. Tha Mai is 12km from central Chan city; it's a great facility to have, well-maintained and good staff.

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Tha Mai: A six-lane 25m pool, plus children’s pool. The next building houses an indoor gym, while outside there is an outdoor exercise park with 20 exercise stations, jogging track, children’s play area, two basketball courts, 5-aside football area, and regular weekly evening classes for aerobics and tai chi.
Each year the pool hosts the Chanthaburi Provincial Swimming Championships (usually in May); there are swim lessons held each day around 4-5.30pm which reserve three lanes.
Entry 40b adult, 10b children. Open Tues-Sun 1pm-7pm
Note: 'Proper' swim gear is a must - no shorts/t-shirts for females, bathing caps required; for males no baggy/board shorts
Male and female swim costumes and caps, towels, available for hire.
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One thing that nobody seems to have mentioned here is the air quality in Chanthaburi.

I have finally decided that, for the sake of my health, I need to relocate. My wife & I had our house built here in my wife`s village in Phetchabun 21 years ago but the air quality has become steadily worse, especially these last 10 years. The worst offenders by far are the backyard charcoal makers & then comes those who still burn their rubbish in open pits even though we have a brilliant twice weekly garbage collection at an annual cost of 440Bt. Less than it would cost them to fill their pick-up, but many refuse to pay it. My wife has given up complaining to our kamnan, who is a neighbour, as he does nothing about the pollution.

Is the air in Chanthaburi clean?

That`s what I need to know as Chanthaburi appeals on many fronts.

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^ Outside of the tightly packed city centre it's fine ... although there are scattered "rubbish burners" here too. No sugarcane or rice grown here .... so no burnoffs to worry about.

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One thing that nobody seems to have mentioned here is the air quality in Chanthaburi.

I have finally decided that, for the sake of my health, I need to relocate. My wife & I had our house built here in my wife`s village in Phetchabun 21 years ago but the air quality has become steadily worse, especially these last 10 years. The worst offenders by far are the backyard charcoal makers & then comes those who still burn their rubbish in open pits even though we have a brilliant twice weekly garbage collection at an annual cost of 440Bt. Less than it would cost them to fill their pick-up, but many refuse to pay it. My wife has given up complaining to our kamnan, who is a neighbour, as he does nothing about the pollution.

Is the air in Chanthaburi clean?

That`s what I need to know as Chanthaburi appeals on many fronts.

Depends on what you mean by Chan?

Up in the hills of Soi Dao, city centre or by the sea?

I spend time outside the city in Tha Mai on a rubber farm, never had a problem..

I am surprised to hear the bad news of Phetchabun, after Chan, its probably one of my favourite areas of Thailand.

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In Chan it doesn't seem so bad, nearer the sea side. Up around Soi Dao in the burning season as in now it seems pretty hazy for three months or so. Some of it is dust as the land gets very dry. It looks the same all the way from here up to Chai Badan last week. This year we've had major fires for the first time in 6 years, whole hills going up

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Thank you for your replies. Special thanks to gomangosteen - I appreciate the comprehensive reply, it was most helpful.

Air here in Phetchabun today as bad as ever.

Chanthaburi, here I come! As close to the sea as possible.

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Happy New Year 2558, Laem Sing beach carnival, Chanthaburi

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Hey,

So we are heading to Laem Sing for Songkran, what should we expect?

I am travelling with wife and young child. We were hoping for a quiet Songkran (staying home doesn't provide that where we live, lol) and now i am wondering if there will be any wild parties on Laem Sing (we would want to avoid that, lol)

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Yeah, driving to Bangkok / Chonburi about 2/3 into the drive you really notice the polution. You taste it.

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Water Buffalo - estimate there are approaching 150 resorts of varying standards/pricing along the long stretch of Chao Lao.

'On the beach' is limiting - it's a fairly narrow strip between the road/sea, also prices a lot higher as a consequence

I can't recommend hotels/resorts, however a good guideline re location will help you cut many out of consideration.

The 'north/Rayong' end of the beach is known as Laem Sadet, resorts here but the beach is generally better for surfcasting/kayaking than swimming, drops off to deep water very quickly, it is signposted as a 'no-swim area'

At the other, south/Trat end of Chao Lao, some nice looking resorts/hotels but the beach here is more akin to mudflats at times.

Go for the middle! Between the CL Pier and the beach in front of the intersection with the dugong roundabout has the best, cleanest, safest sections of beach.

As examples, the recently opened Blues River Resort in range 4-10,000b a night, pool, restaurant etc; across the road, Ton Wa resort we've had numerous friends stay there, 600-1200 a night for small chalet, 5min walk to beach.

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Chao Lao - Laem Sadet in distance.

Lots of options, enjoy your stay.

Going to Chao Lao in October and was wondering if there is an actual beach road? From what I see on google maps, 90% of the beach is blocked by resorts and can't be accessed. Looks really hard to park a car anywhere near unless at the north end of the beach.

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There's no real beach road. In the pic above there's an unsealed section of road about 300m just behind those trees. Otherwise there are many lanes that go from the main road direct to the beach, with resorts either side but not 'private'

The private ones, and there are some, are gated, but all the beach is accessible on foot ie no resorts have made any claim on the beach in front of them

October. Likely to be jellyfish time and no swimming. Really does swarm with them the whole coast Trat, Chan and Rayong Sept/Oct and some years in to early November

There are a couple of threads about the 2014 jellyfish invasion

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