Chumphon

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Chumphon
Chumfon
Chumphon is located in Thailand
Chumphon
Chumphon
Location in Thailand
Coordinates: 10°29′38″N 99°10′48″E / 10.49389°N 99.18000°E / 10.49389; 99.18000
Country Flag of Thailand.svg Thailand
Province Chumphon Province
District Amphoe Mueang Chumphon
Elevation 39 ft (12 m)
Population (2005)
 • Total 33,522

Chumphon is a town (thesaban mueang) in southern Thailand, capital of the Chumphon Province and the Mueang Chumphon District. The city is located about 463 kilometers (288 miles) away from Bangkok. As of 2005 it has a population of 33,522. The town covers the commune (tambon) Tha Taphao completely and parts of tambons Bang Mak, Wang Phai, Na Thung, Tak Daet and Khun Krathing. The main economic sector of Chumphon is agriculture.

Geography[edit]

Chumphon lies just inland from the western coast of the Gulf of Thailand. To the west are the northern hills of the Phuket Range, a subrange of the Tenasserim Hills. These hills reach 400 metres (1,300 ft) in the area near Chumphon. There are also many smaller peaks in the area in the range of 100 metres (330 ft) to 200 metres (660 ft) high.

Climate[edit]

Chumphon has a tropical monsoon climate (Köppen climate classification Am) just falling short of a tropical rainforest climate (Köppen Af). Temperatures are hot throughout the year. The period from December to April has relatively less rainfall than from May to November, when rainfall can be very heavy, particularly in October and November.

Climate data for Chumphon (1981–2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30.9
(87.6)
32.1
(89.8)
33.4
(92.1)
34.5
(94.1)
33.3
(91.9)
32.3
(90.1)
31.9
(89.4)
31.6
(88.9)
31.6
(88.9)
31.2
(88.2)
30.3
(86.5)
30.1
(86.2)
31.93
(89.48)
Average low °C (°F) 21.4
(70.5)
22.2
(72)
23.3
(73.9)
24.5
(76.1)
24.7
(76.5)
24.6
(76.3)
24.3
(75.7)
24.3
(75.7)
24.1
(75.4)
23.7
(74.7)
23.0
(73.4)
21.4
(70.5)
23.46
(74.23)
Rainfall mm (inches) 59.4
(2.339)
44.7
(1.76)
97.2
(3.827)
85.8
(3.378)
190.8
(7.512)
167.2
(6.583)
179.0
(7.047)
207.5
(8.169)
178.3
(7.02)
251.6
(9.906)
287.9
(11.335)
123.3
(4.854)
1,872.7
(73.73)
Avg. rainy days (≥ 1 mm) 7 6 5 8 18 20 21 23 19 20 16 9 172
 % humidity 81 79 78 78 82 81 82 82 83 85 84 80 81.3
Source: Thai Meteorological Department (Normal 1981-2010), (Avg. rainy days 1961-1990)

Transportation[edit]

Bus

There is a small bus system within the city itself. Trains and buses run to and from Bangkok everyday.

Road

The main road through Chumphon is Thailand Route 4, also known as the Phetkasem Road, leading north to Bangkok and west, then south to Ranong, Phang Nga, Krabi, Trang, Phatthalung, and the border with Malaysia near Sadao.

Rail

Chumphon has a station on the Southern Line of the State Railway of Thailand. The rail also serves Pathio another town in Chumphon Province.

Air

The cities airport, Chumphon Airport (IATA: CJM, ICAO: VTSE) is located 30km north in Pathio District. The airport has daily flights to Bangkok and Ranong.

Airlines serving Chumphon Airport, Pathio.

Nok Air operates two daily flights between Bangkok (Don Muang, DMK) and Chumphon Airport, Pathio District, Chumphon (CJM). Happy Air operates a flight between Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi Airport BKK) to Chumphon and onwards to Ranong, 6 times a week. The airport acts as a hub and regional gateway providing connecting services to Chumphon city and high speed ferry services to the islands of the Gulf of Thailand including Ko Tao and Ko Samui.

Popular culture[edit]

  • In the science fiction novel The Chronoliths, Chumphon is the landing site of the first chronolith.

See also[edit]

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Coordinates: 10°29′38″N 99°10′48″E / 10.49389°N 99.18000°E / 10.49389; 99.18000