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Chon Buri Province


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Chon Buri (Thai ชลบุรี) is a province (changwat) of Thailand.


The province is located at the Bay of Bangkok, the northern end of the Gulf of Thailand. A mountain range stretches from the north-west to the south-east of the province, while the fertile plains of the north were long used for farming. In Laem Chabang in the south of the province is one of the few deep-water harbours of Thailand.


Until the 1960s Pattaya was a small fishing village, but during the Vietnam war the American troops had a base nearby, and Pattaya became a popular R&R location. The city grew quickly and became the prime tourist location in Thailand.


The 20th World Scout Jamboree, put on by the World Organization of the Scout Movement, drew 30,000 teenaged Scouts to a naval base near the village of Sattahip, where activities included world issue awareness, a showcase of Thai science & technology, obstacle course-style competitions between nations, and an epic game of "Ashes" Cricket (the Aussies won).


The provincial seal shows the hill Kao Sam Muk, on which a holy joss-house is located. The local people believe that the spirit of that mountain protects the fishermen from harm.


Provincial tree as well as flower is the Padouk (Plerocapus indicus).


The province is subdivided in 10 districts (Amphoe) and one minor district (King Amphoe). These are further subdivided into 92 communes (tambon) and 691 villages (muban).


Extracted from Wikipedia: Chonburi Province

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Hi, any information appriciated. apart form the obvious delights that can be found in Pattaya, what else does the area have to offer as far as interestesing places or natural beauty, i will be working Monday to Friday just outside Pattaya but would like to take some short trips at the weekends ?

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