Chanthaburi, We Are Back!

Chanthaburi’s calm and tranquility brought us back, merely two months after our maiden trip here. Noticing previously that supply is greater than demand in the hotel industry, we didn’t even bother to book our accommodation in advance.

Accommodation

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Quiet drive up the road to the Sea Farming Demonstration Unit

At Krungkrabaen Bay, we drove straight to a stretch of lodgings off the main road that we saw previously. These places are located in the same row as Sea Farming Demonstration Unit in Krungkrabaen Bay area.

Khung Krabaen Bay is located next to Sea Farming Demonstration Unit
Krabaen Bay Resort is located just next to the Sea Farming Demonstration Unit
Krabaen Bay Resort
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Krabaen Bay Resort
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Call this number, if no staff is to be seen around

Krabaen Bay Resort (อ่าวกระเบน-รีสอร์ท) is located directly next to Sea Farming Demonstration Unit. The resort was empty when we walk in, so bf made a phone call and someone quickly walked out (from somewhere) and attended to us.

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Porridge with prawns
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Breakfast with view
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Breakfast companion

We were shown the best-est room at the resort, and we agreed to stay one night at 1,000 baht per night including a simple porridge breakfast.

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Room no 14, the closest room to the bay

Woohooo .. we literally owned the whole resort, as there were no other guests on that night! We were offered Room No 14, their best room located closest to the bay. Rooms close to bay are only for 4 pax: double bed rooms are farther from bay.

Room No 14, caters to 4 pax
Room No 14, caters to 4 pax
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Morning light shone through .. not for light sleepers

As this room fits 4 pax, they removed the additional pillows and towels. But we still enjoyed the two double beds.

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Bathroom
Bathroo
Bathroom
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No toilet paper was provided. We made do with tissue paper 555

Bathroom is rather spacious, so it’s a plus. But, the shower is only getting lukewarm water and no toilet paper was provided. We moved tissue paper box from bedroom to bathroom.

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Picnic in front of the bay

At a mere 1,000 baht, we woke up to the sound of the waves crashing on the shore, and a “private” picnic table. What a relaxing night. We had picnic in front of the bay, with some snacks brought at the nearby Chao Lao market. This is perhaps the best 1,000 baht we have ever spent.

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I enjoyed catching Pokemon on the water at Krabaen Bay Resort *chuckle*

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The Pier Resort
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The Pier Resort
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Walking out to The Pier
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The Pier Resort – room rate
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Boat House for 6 pax
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Baan Ma-Prow has 4 rooms for 2 pax each
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Breakast

The next day, we moved to The Pier Resort (เดอะเพียร์รีสอร์ท), which was fully booked the night before. We managed to secure the last available room at 1,200 baht per night, including breakfast. There are altogether 11 rooms, and it comes in double and family room. There is a boat house too, and it fits 6 pax.

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Room Payun (Sea Cow room)
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Room payun (Sea Cow room)
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Room payun (Sea Cow room)
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Bathroom
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Bathroom

Just like Krabaen Bay Resort, we only got luke warm shower water. But it was perfectly fine as water wasn’t too cold.

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Can walk out to the bay
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Water sports are available
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There is a restaurant on the stilt next to the resort too
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Swimming pool, but seems not properly maintained

There are water activities, and a restaurant just next door. I didn’t use the swimming pool, as water seems not clean. People were seen fishing at The Pier, so it’s a perfect stay if you are into fishing.

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To Pokemon Go players, there are sooooo ….. many Pokemon to catch at The Pier. I jokingly told bf that these Pokemons are bored to death, with not many players at Chanthaburi .. “catch us, and bring us back to Bangkok,” they plead. Not many Pokestop at Krungkrabaen Bay area, so do come loaded with Poke Ball.

 

Krabaen BayResort (อ่าวกระเบน-รีสอร์ท)
4/1 Moo7, Klongklu, Tha Mai, Chanthaburi, Thailand, 22120
Tel: 061 469 6909
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/อ่าวกระเบน-รีสอร์ท

The Pier Resort (เดอะเพียร์รีสอร์ท)
10/9 M.7, T.Klongkhud, A.Thamai, 22120, Chanthaburi, Thailand
Tel: 084 333 7699
Email: thepier2009@hotmail.com
Website: http://thepier-resort.in.th/en/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thepierresort/

 

Meal

The food in Chanthaburi is really so much better, compared to Hua Hin. That’s all we did this trip: eat, eat and eat.

Je Pen Yentafo (ร้าน เจ๊เพ็ญเย็นตาโฟ)
Chanthanimit, Mueang Chanthaburi District, Chanthaburi
Tel: 085 823 8019

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Je Pen Yentafo
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Je Pen Yentafo

We had our first meal at this popular restaurant, the one that we didn’t try on our last trip.

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Yen Ta Fo noodle

The bowl was filled with ingredients! Well, it better be, 100 baht per bowl is not cheap.

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That pink sauce
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Even the noodle turned pink!

This marks my third pink noodle, after my first two yen ta fo here. After this third try, I can safely declare that this is not my type of noodle. I didn’t fancy the pink bean curd broth much.

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Fried tofu

Fried tofu at 30 baht is also a popular order at this restaurant.

Total: 260 baht for a meal of two pax
Puja Seafood Restaurant (ปูจ๋า ท่าแฉลบ)
1 Moo 10, Tha Chalaep Road, Bang Kacha Subdistrict, Chanthaburi, Thailand
Tel: 039 391005

Puja Restaurant
Puja Restaurant

First night’s dinner was at Puja Seafood, and it was a yummylicious meal.

Gai tom gravan
Gai tom kravan

Gai Tom Kravan (Boiled Chicken soup with Cardamom) .. a soup described by bf as a tom yum x tom kha gai . It was mentioned in a website that “kravan” or cardamom is one of the spices found in Chanthaburi.

Puja
Puja
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Puja on a ‘decorative’ shell
Puja
Puja

Puja .. not sure how to described this dish, it’s a minced pork and crab cake with plum sauce dipping.

Cushi
Chuchee ฉู่ฉี่

“Chuchee” (ฉู่ฉี่) pad pla kra pong … dish of the day for me. I really, really like this “chuchee” gravy. Googling for it, it was simply described as red curry gravy in English. But, it doesn’t do justice to the dish.

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Fried kale with salted fish

Even a simple vege dish tastes good here.

Pikachu caught here
Pikachu caught here

And I caught my Pikachu here … so it’s my Pikachu Restaurant!

Total: 540 baht for a meal of two pax

 

Kuey Teow Tha Mai (ก๋วยเตี๋ยวท่าใหม่)
ถนนราชกิจ จันทบุรี (ใกล้สามแยก) อ่านต่อได้ที่
Tel: 039 431137

 

Kuey Teow Tha Mai
Kuey Teow Tha Mai

We were looking for ‘moo liang’ within the same vicinity, and the moo liang restaurant was closed. Thank goodness for that, as we then stumbled upon Kuey Teow Tha Mai.

Noodle stall
Noodle stall
Satay and toast bread stall
Satay and toast bread stall
Satay and toast bread stall
Satay and toast bread work-in-progress

They have two stalls altogether, operating under the same owner. Both serve awesome-mosem food!

A bowl of goodielicious
His: sen chan, soup version
Mine .. egg noodle, dry version
Mine: egg noodle, dry version
Pork satay and toast bread
Pork satay and toast bread

The egg noodle, dry version was really good. So good that bf ordered a second bowl, after his first soup noodle.

Total: 210 baht for 2 pax

 

Ruen Rim Nam Seafood (เรือนริมน้ำซีฟู๊ด)
Khlong Ta Sang Village, Ta Kad Ngao Sub-District, Tha Mai District, Chanthaburi, Thailand
Tel: 0861494609

Ruen Rin Nam
Ruen Rin Nam
Thai menu
Thai menu
Our dinner
Our dinner

I was stuffed from durian binge, so didn’t eat a lot for dinner.

Seabass
Seabass fried with lime

Staff recommended crab fried with lime. As I was still stuffed, bf ordered seabass fried with lime instead.

Squid fried with shrimp paste
Squid fried with shrimp paste

Squid fried with shrimp paste, this is really, really goooood.

Vege
Vege

Vege was so-so.

Total: 490 baht for 2 pax

 

Phraya Trang Moo Liang (พระยาตรัง)
60/1 Moo 12 Tambon Tha Chang
Tel: 039 339 761

Phraya Tang Moo Liang
Phraya Trang Moo Liang

On our last day, we went to Phraya Trang Moo Liang to takeaway their moo liang noodles.

Total: 970 baht for 6 pax of noodles for takeaway, and some snacks to bring back to Bangkok

 

Chao Lao Market

This market is worth a visit for that local tidbits.

 

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Pickled jellyfish!
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Fried noodle
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80 baht crab
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80 baht for 5 pieces
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Local grapes

Writer

Travel opens up a whole new world, which is cliche but true. I am a strong advocate for independent and solo travel. I was born and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia but now live in Bangkok, Thailand, resulted from a chance encounter in 2009 with my why-are-you-Thai bf. I am now split between two countries. One country for my bf, another for the family, for the occasional weekend together.