Chonburi province

Coordinates: 13°13′N 101°11′E / 13.217°N 101.183°E / 13.217; 101.183
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Official seal of Chonburi
ทะเลงาม ข้าวหลามอร่อย อ้อยหวาน จักสานดี ประเพณีวิ่งควาย ('Beautiful sea, Khao Lam delicious, Sweet cane, Fine weaving and Buffalo running tradition')
Map of Thailand, with a small highlighted area near the centre of the country, near the coast of the Gulf of Thailand
Location within Thailand
Coordinates: 13°13′N 101°11′E / 13.217°N 101.183°E / 13.217; 101.183
RegionEastern Thailand
Provincial CapitalChonburi
Largest CitySi Racha
Settledc. 7th century, as Phrarot city
Founded as city1897–1932
Founded as province1933
Governing bodyChonburi Provincial Office
 • TypeProvince
 • GovernorThawatchai Srithong
(since late 2022)[1]
 • Province4,363 km2 (1,685 sq mi)
 • Rank50th
50 m (160 ft)
 • Province1,535,445
 • Rank9th
 • Density351.9/km2 (911/sq mi)
  • Rank10th
Human Achievement Index
 • HAI (2017)0.6613 "high"
Ranked 6th
 • Totalbaht 976 billion
(US$33 billion) (2019)
Time zoneUTC+07:00 (ICT)
Postal code
Calling code038
ISO 3166 codeTH-20

Chonburi (Thai: ชลบุรี, RTGSChon Buri, [tɕ͡ʰōn bū.rīː] ) is a province of Thailand (changwat) located in eastern Thailand.[6] Its capital is also named Chonburi. Neighbouring provinces are (clockwise from north) Chachoengsao, Chanthaburi, and Rayong, while the Bay of Bangkok is to the west. Pattaya, a major tourism destination in Thailand, is located in Chonburi, along with Laem Chabang, the country's primary seaport. The population of the province has grown rapidly and now totals 1.7 million residents, although a large portion of the population is floating or unregistered.[7] The registered population as of 31 December 2018 was 1.535 million.[3]


The Thai word chon (ชล /t͡ɕʰon˧/) originates from the Sanskrit word jalá (जल) meaning "water", and the word buri (บุรี; /bu˨˩.riː˧/) from Sanskrit purī (पुरी); meaning "town" or "city"; hence the name of the province means "city of water". The local Chinese name for the province is 萬佛歲; Bān-pu̍t-sòe, which is a rendering of "Bang Pla Soi" (บางปลาสร้อย) the former name of Mueang Chonburi district, the capital district of Chonburi province (this name is retained for one of Mueang Chonburi's subdistricts.) The standard Chinese name for the province is a phonetic rendering of "Chonburi", 春武里; Chhun-bú-lí.


Human habitation of the province dates back to the Neolithic era, where early inhabitants lived in the area along the Panthong river in modern day Phan Thong district.[8]

During the Dvaravati period, the city of Mueang Phra Rot (Phra That Noen That) was established close to the mouth of the Bang Pakong river in modern-day Phanat Nikhom District. The city was in the shape of an irregular rectangle and was surrounded by a moat. Mueang Phra Rot was inhbaited from the 600s to the 1000s, and had goods imported from the Tang and Song dynasties, and from either Persia or lower Mesopotamia.[9]

To the east of Phra Rot was Mueang Sri Phalo in modern-day Nong Mai Daeng, which was established near the end of Phra Rot in the 1000s.[10] Located near the mouth of the Bang Pakong river, it became a wealthy port and fishing town, serving as a stopping point for Khmer, Vietnamese and Chinese barques before they ventured into the Chao Phraya river.[8] However, it lost prominance in the 1300s when the mouth of the river became shallower due to sedimentation. As a result in the town's economy declining, its inhabitants moved south to Bang Pla Soi. Construction of Sukhimvit road erased the town's eastern wall.[10]

Late 19th century to present[edit]

In the reign of King Nangklao, Rama III, Phra Intha-asa, The Governor of Phanat Nikhom I (Princely member of Nakhon Phanom royal family) took many immigrants (Nakhon Phanom Laotians, Named Lao Asa Pak Nam) from Samut Prakan and New Nakhon Phanom Laotians to Phanat Nikhom. The Siamese King at the time allowed them to establish a habitat between Chonburi and Chachoengsao (Named Phanat Nikhom in the present).

In 1892, Ko Sichang, an island off the mainland, served as a holiday point for King Chulalongkorn and his wife Queen Saovabha Phongsri. Chulalongkorn later built a summer palace called "Phra Chuthathut Palace" named after his son, Prince Chudadhuj Dharadilok, who was born on Ko Sichang.[11] During the Franco-Siamese crisis of 1893, the island was occupied by the French.[12] During this time, the island was a part of Samut Prakan province before being transferred to Chonburi province on 1 January 1943 as a minor district (king amphoe) in Si Racha district.[13] Ko Sichang became its own district on 4 July 1994.[14]

Following the end of World War II, coastal towns particularly Ang Sila witnessed an influx of Teochew Chinese migrants.[15] The Vietnam War would also cause an influx of American G.I.s to arrive, particularly in Pattaya. This would go on to lead Chonburi province to become popular among foreign tourists.[16]


The provincial seal shows the hill Khao Sam Muk, on which there is a sala with a statue of the goddess Chao Mae Sahm Muk, who, it is believed, protects seafarers and the local population.[17]

The provincial tree and flower is the New Guinea rosewood (Pterocarpus indicus, called Mai Pradu in Thai).[citation needed]

The provincial motto is "Beautiful beaches, delicious khao lam, sweet sugar cane, delicate basketry products, and buffalo racing."[18]


The province is on the Bay of Bangkok, the northern end of the Gulf of Thailand. The Khao Khiao mountain range stretches from the northwest to the southeast of the province. The plains of the north were long used for farming. Laem Chabang, between Chonburi and Pattaya, is one of the few deep-water harbours of Thailand. The total forest area is 551 km2 (213 sq mi) or 12.2 percent of provincial area.[19]

Wildlife sanctuary[edit]

There is one wildlife sanctuary, along with three other wildlife sanctuaries, make up region 2 (Si Racha) of Thailand's protected areas.

The provincial permanent legal population rose at nearly four per cent annually, from 1,040,865 in 2000 to 1,554,365 in 2010.[7] There is a large floating population of long-term non-Thai residents without permanent status, on a perpetual tourist visa and/or migrant workers (legal or not), as well as heavy, short-term tourist influxes.



According to a 2015 survey,[21] around 97.87% of the population of Chonburi practices Buddhism, followed by Islam with 1.56% and Christianity with 0.60%.

Religion Census 2015[21] %
Buddhism 1,256,081 97.87%
Islam 20,000 1.56%
Christianity 7,707 0.60%
Other religions 800 0.06%

Religion in Chonburi (census 2015)[21]

  Buddhism (97.87%)
  Islam (1.56%)
  Christianity (0.60%)
  Other (0.06%)
Wat Ñanasamvara Woramahawihan in Huai Yai, Bang Lamung.
Khao Chi Chan in Na Chom Thian, Bang Lamung.
Wat Tham Nimit in Ban Suan, Chonburi.
Wat Khao Phra Bat in Pattaya, Bang Lamung.

Administrative divisions[edit]

Provincial government[edit]

Chonburi province consists of 11 districts (amphoe). These are further subdivided into 92 subdistricts (tambon) and 710 villages (muban).

  • Pattaya is a special governed city in Bang Lamung district.
  • Laem Chabang is a port city municipality in Si Racha and Bang Lamung districts.
Map # Name Thai Population (2018) Subdivisions
1 Mueang Chonburi เมืองชลบุรี 335,063 18 tambon — 107 muban
2 Ban Bueng บ้านบึง 103,377 8 tambon — 52 muban
3 Nong Yai หนองใหญ่ 23,625 5 tambon — 24 muban
4 Bang Lamung บางละมุง 315,437 8 tambon — 72 muban
5 Phan Thong พานทอง 69,429 11 tambon — 76 muban
6 Phanat Nikhom พนัสนิคม 124,637 20 tambon — 185 muban
7 Si Racha ศรีราชา 301,799 8 tambon — 73 muban
8 Ko Sichang เกาะสีชัง 4,560 1 tambon — 7 muban
9 Sattahip สัตหีบ 165,492 5 tambon — 40 muban
10 Bo Thong บ่อทอง 50,318 6 tambon — 47 muban
11 Ko Chan เกาะจันทร์ 37,670 2 tambon — 27 muban

Local government[edit]

The local governments are overseen by the Pattaya City Special Local Government in Pattaya and the Chonburi Provincial Administrative Organisation (CPOA, ongkan borihan suan changwat chonburi) throughout Chonburi. The 47 municipalities are split up into two city municipalities (thesaban nakhon), 10 town municipalities (thesaban mueang),[22] and 35 subdistrict municipalities (thesaban tambon). Local communities are also overseen by 50 subdistrict administrative organisations (SAO, ongkan borihan suan tambon).[23]



The Bangkok-Chonburi-Pattaya Motorway (Hwy 7) is linked with Bangkok's Outer Ring Road (Hwy 9) with another intersection at Si Nakharin and Rama IX Junction.

The Bang Na-Trat Highway (Hwy 34) from Bang Na travels through Bang Phli and crosses the Bang Pakong River into Chonburi. There is a Chonburi bypass that meets Sukhumvit Road (Hwy 3), passing Bang Saen Beach, Bang Phra, Pattaya and Sattahip.


Chonburi is about 120 kilometres (75 mi) by road from Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK), the country's largest international airport. By road, it is accessed from Sukhumvit Road and Motorway 7 from Bangkok. Chonburi is also served by scheduled flights via U-Tapao International Airport (UTP), which is a 45-minute drive south of the city.


The main road through Chonburi is Thailand Route 3, also known as Sukhumvit Road. To the northeast, it connects to Bangkok, and to the south, it connects to Rayong province, Chanthaburi province and Trat province. Route 344 leads east to Klaeng (which is also on Route 3). Route 7 runs parallel to Route 3 but bypasses the densely populated coastal area, connecting to the beach resort city of Pattaya.


The State Railway of Thailand, the national passenger rail system, provides service in the province, with the main station being Chon Buri Railway Station.


Many hospitals exist in Chonburi, both public and private. Chonburi has one university hospital, Burapha University Hospital. Its main hospital operated by the Ministry of Public Health is Chonburi Hospital. Hospitals operated by other organisations, such as the Thai Red Cross Society's Queen Savang Vadhana Memorial Hospital and the Queen Sirikit Naval Hospital run by the Royal Thai Navy, are also found in the province.

Educational facilities[edit]



Human Achievement Index 2017[edit]

Health Education Employment Income
34 2 2 7
Housing Family Transport Participation
74 18 5 72
Province Chonburi, with an HAI 2017 value of 0.6613 is "high", occupies place 6 in the ranking.

Since 2003, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Thailand has tracked progress on human development at a sub-national level using the Human Achievement Index (HAI), a composite index covering all eight key areas of human development. The National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) has taken over this task since 2017.[4]

Rank Classification
  1 - 15 "high"
16 - 30 "somewhat high"
31 - 45 "average"
45 - 60 "somewhat low"
61 - 77 "low"


Some nine million visitors to the province were recorded in 2012, of which 6.1 million were from abroad, 2.2 million of these being Russian.[24]

One major tourist attraction is the Chonburi Buffalo Race (งานประเพณีวิ่งควาย), which takes place in the districts of Ban Bueng and Nong Yai. The animals are dressed outrageously or creatively by owners. Assembled in the courtyard in front of the town hall, the buffaloes partake in racing or physical fitness and fashion contests. The Chonburi Buffalo Race festival started over 100 years ago.[25] Usually, the races will be complemented with booths selling locally-made items, stage performances, games, and beauty contests.[26] The annual Buffalo Race is held around the 11th lunar month, normally in October. It takes seven days and takes place on the field in front of the city and provincial government offices. The highlight of the festival is the buffalo race, which takes place on the last two days. This race is 100 metres (110 yd) long. The prize for the first nose past the finish line is a trophy and some money.[27]

Songkran day in Bangsaen (Ko Phra Sai Wan Lai Bangsaen) is a tradition that has been held continuously for over ten years at Bang Saen Beach and Laem Thaen. The event takes place between April 16–17 of each year. The highlight of this event is a contest in which the contestants build a sand Buddha at Bangsaen Beach. In each Buddha sand arch is a decoration. The combination of the sea atmosphere and Thai decorations has helped this become one of the most popular Songkran festivals in Thailand. Other activities also take place, such as meriting alms to monks, bathing Buddha images, pouring water on the elders, traditional sporting events, sea boxing competitions, and oyster sheep competitions. Seafood and local food are often sold, along with other local products as part of One Tambon One Product (OTOP). Well-known artists have also given concerts at the event.

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