Chanthaburi province is a rich source of temples, waterfalls, forests, beaches, cultural attractions, including the fascinating Chantaboon Waterfront Community. I have been here so many times but most of the time I stayed at Chao Lao beach. But for this time, I was lucky and got 1 night reward to stay at Laemsing White House Resort from joining an activity on Facebook. This is really a great opportunity for me to change the place from the Chan Lao Beach to stay at Laem Sing but I have to pay for the cost of travelling, eating and others.
This time I see many things changed, there is a permanent sign of " Khuk Khi Kai" along with the enhancement of landscape.
Khuk Khi Kai is an ancient prison built by French in the year 1893 when Chanthaburi was seized by French.
It was built for detain people who opposed France. It's said that it is a torture prison because on top of the prison is used for feeding chickens and those chickens will defecate on the head of prisoners all the time.
Khuk Khi Kai built with red bricks,it is a square tower, width is about 4 meters long on each side and about seven meters height. There is one low outlet and four vents on second floor. The original one has a wooden structure of pyramid rooftop, but now it was all damaged, moreover Khuk Khi Kai starts to collapse, you will see it tilt if you look at it with your own eyes. And, Khuk Khi Kai can also be called a Leaning Tower of Chantaburi.
Not far away from Khuk Khi Kai, you will see another historical place which is "Tuek Daeng"
Tuek Daeng, the French built simultaneously with Khuk Khi Kai, it's used for defending and accommodation of military. The building made of bricks and paint in red, so it is called " Tuek Deang".
Tuek Daeng divides into 5 rooms, each room has connected door and parallel balcony along the way. Tuek Daeng was renovated in the year 1984 and reconstruction to be a library and study center outside school of Laem Sing but it becomes obsolete after that.
Tuek Daeng has a large artillery made from bronze,weight 4 tons with black round steel ball and shatter of large chain for visitors to take a look.
Tuek Daeng disintegrated over time. On the opposite site of the large artillery, the color of the wall starts peeling off but what amazing is the stain appeared to be similar as a portrait of the King.
Close to Tuek Daeng is a pier, this point can also see Laem Sing bridge.
Near Tuek Daeng is a Laem Sing Beach.
Although Laem Sing Beach is not beautiful as Chao Lao beach, but I think it's quite peaceful and uncrowded.
The are many seafood restaurants near beachfront and you can order food to eat. The recommended menu is "Cartridge Shellfish", it's big, fresh with delicious seafood sauce.
After finish eating, I drove along the seaside of Laem Sing beach, directly go to Laemsing White House Resort.
Laemsing White House Resort is on Chalerm-Burapa-Chollathit road, a short cut road to Laem Sing Beach. It's a small Mediterranean and Vintage style boutique resort. There are 8 rooms and it seems like a family business. It's named Laemsing White House because the owner dreamed to have a white house at the seaside.
In Front of the resort has an Allamanda fence, you can see a white room that faces to the beach.
When I drove into the park of the resort, I had a little doubt of where could I get the key of the room because I did not see any building for visitor to contact for information, however while am about to call the resort, I was accidentally meet with the owner, he was coming to greet us and took us to Service Room inside the resort. He said that in the future he will build the room soon.
There is a pool and Jacuzzi in front, not quite suitable for swimming but more for soaking at Jacuzzi during the daylight because you can see many people wander here.
The opposite side of the resort has small pavilion for dining with a trampoline and hammock for relaxing and feeling the sea breeze.
From this point, you can see a small cape, protruding like a "Laem Sing".
Let's see the accommodation.
There are 2 rooms. The first room is decorated with yellow tone,vintage style named Sweet Vintage and another rooms is decorated with blue tone. It's a single-storey white building cover with grass and face to the sea side.
Both areas are well connected, decorated as small garden on a wall and there is a small pool too. The room is not available on the left side of Sweet Vintage. But the Blue Vintage on the right side stills available. So, I asked to see inside of the room.
The room is white and blue with 2 double layer of curtain, king size bed and wide space, decorated with sweet style which is suitable for couples.
Lavatory is next to the shower in the bathroom.
A nice basket towel.
There is a steel bench and cradle ready for visitors to lie down and feel the breeze all day in front of the room's terrace. Next to the terrace is a swimming pool.
Little Morroc room was designed like an architecture of Morocco. The room faces to the sea side. This room is suitable for 6 family members.
The building exterior is white. There is a rooftop to hangout there.
This house has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom. The first room is blue tone.
The second room is yellow tone. The room has only mosquito net and air conditioner.
The end of the bed in the blue bedroom, there is a large LCD TV set, wide area. I think it is good to have a sofa for two guests to sit and watch TV at night here.
Bathroom has a large bathtub that particularly made from cement. No separate wet and dry area. You have to stand in this bathtub when showering.
The rooftop is an open space with wooden tables and chairs for guests to sit together but tables and chairs are not quite strong because it's been putting here through sunshine and rain.
President House is a white Mediterranean-style that faces to the sea which is suitable for couples, friends and families. This room can accommodate up to four people, it's next to the road.
In front of the room there is a space for guests to relax on wooden chairs, hammocks and beach chairs here.
The room is decorated in blue and white tone, so cute here.
The room's facilities are refrigerator, TV LCD, air conditioning, boiler and water heater.
The opposite side of the bathroom is a 2 sinks with hangers and drawers. You can see that everything in the room is all blue and it gives us a sense of the sea.
The bathroom has bidets that close to the big bathtub that the hotel designed by themselves. A window has a curtain that made of shells, actually the window can open to see outside view, I tried so hard to open it, but I could not open it.
Basket towels and hair dryers
2 bottles of water and 2 instant coffees.
small and cute decorations.
There is a sprawling tree covered up the way to rooftop so it's not quite convenient. On the top is the area for chitchat.
Rooftop view, go across the street is the beach.
Deep-fried dough sticks and porridge are served for breakfast to your room by maid at 8.00 am.
Highlight of this room is you can see the beach view when draw the curtain.
In addition, there are 2 other types of accommodation that I did not visit, just took a picture from the outside.
This house looks like it was just completely built up. Behind the house is a big swimming pool and you can see 3 more houses from here.
Those 3 types houses are an England Cottage and Superior Cottage style which can accommodate 2 people. For facilities, the hotel provides air-conditioner, TV LCD, boiler, refrigerator, hairdryer and free WIFI.
Going to Laem Sing is not hard, driving through Khuk Khi Kai to Laem Sing district, you will see the intersection then turn left and go straight to an end of the intersection and then turn left again. The road you drive through is a shortcut to Laem Sing Beach. Then, drive straight until you see Laemsing White House Resort, it's on the right.
Having 1 night stay at this resort, I think this place is peaceful, well decorated, located near a famous attraction place such as Khuk Khi Kai, Tuek Daeng, Laem Sing Beach, the old lighthouse , Ao Krathing, Ao Yang, Oasis World and many other restaurants.
For the weak point, I think
- Since the owner manage the resort by himself. So there are quite a few employees but the owner is welcoming and taking a good care of guests.
- The room for guests to contact for a key room (Service Room) is almost at the end of the building which normally it should be located in front of the resort.
- Resort is located on the road but not gated well. Guests may feel somewhat insecure when living there.
- WIFI signal is not quite stable.
I went for a walk in town, started from Chantaboon Waterfront Community in day time.
Chantaboon Waterfront Community is the oldest community here. It last more than 100 years now, since the reign of King Narai. Thai, Chinese and Vietnamese people are settling here because here is a good location with a convenient transportation, originally a center for trade, both wholesale and retail. Governments are locating here and it's a center for manufacturing crafts and miscellaneous things.
I recommend you to visit "Chantaboon Waterfront Community Learning Center" it illustrates the history of Chantaboon Waterfront Community here, a photo exhibition is a source and dissemination knowledge of this community for tourists.
Almost every time I come to Chathaburi Province, I will go to visit this community.Travelling to this place is like playing a game, finding RC because there is map inform an outstanding food and appetizers of each house.
For example, Rice Noodles Pa Mai restaurant at the corner, it's old but I never got a chance to try this because it always sold out when I arrived. So I just try the normal one instead.
Next is Rice Noodles Je Aid restaurant, special menu is Rice noodle seafood, it consists of shrimp,mantis shrimp,squid in a spicy Vietnamese style, no need to add any side dished more. Another menu that you should not miss is Rice with chilies,salt and seafood served with spicy seafood sauce.
The last one is Rocket Ice cream, the first factory that uses a machine for making ice cream in Chanthaburi.
Actually, there are plenty of appetizers in this community, such as ancient egg, sweet rice, candle cake, Garlic Chive Dumpling, rice dumpling and also ancient sweet like Mung Bean Flour & Coconut Dessert, Cooked Gluteneous rice flour and Thai Shortbread Cookies.
There are also ancient things for studying too such as Jang Gueng An Phamacy store which is 100 years old, there you can see an ancient medicine cabinet, drug scale, drug knife, yellow mortar that hardly see it in present.
A prominent beautiful decoration of Tieng Seng Ting vegetarian house which is 100 years old.
An old building which stills attractive with a French,Thai and integrated motifs carved style. For example, a wooden roof drain, wooden duct flower vine pattern, beautiful balcony railings steel and Chinese wooden window.These platforms are beautiful and really unique.
Times have changed,things normally break apart. I love this place when I first arrived here. Love the classic style of the house, love the host's hospitality that give toward visitors. So, I come here every time when I come to Chanthaburi,I see things change each time. Some stores like Kanom Kai Pa Tai, originally is an old European building over 100 years old with a carved flower motif, colorful terracotta tiled floors. But presently the house was renovated and there was no charming left anymore. I think it should be someway to preserve ancient things for future generations to have the opportunity to study.
This old building originally belongs to Luang Ratmaitri's house who have been honored as the father of Eastern Timber.This House is a golden teak House. This house is quite old but still remains a beautiful roof terrace and stencil roof. Now, after the renovation, there is still remaining of some stencil roof, building turns to hotel to collect furniture and other collections that use for exhibit and use in the hotel.
You can cross the Chantaburi River bridge from Chantaboon Waterfront community to Maephra Patisonti Niramon Church.
Maephra Patisonti Niramon Church is Roman Catholic church with a Gothic style. Originally it's a peaked roof but it has been pointed out in the dismantling of World War 2, not to be targeted for an air strike. But presently, that peaked roof was placed on the roof as it used to be. In front of the cathedral is a statue of the Veneration of Mary as well.
Inside the cathedral, it was decorated with colorful glass, imported from France called Stained glass with a picture of the Saint at various Simulation from Notre Dame church in France. Then there was restored. It is said that this is the most beautiful cathedral in Thailand.
Interesting things in this cathedral is Veneration of Mary that decorates with gem, the statue sparks out when it touch the light. The statue is so beautiful. If anyone visiting here and would like to visit inside, they should dress and act politely. If you want to take photos inside, you should not post rude gestures because staff would come and give a warning for your rude acts.
The last place is National Achives of Chantaburi.
Actually this place is an old city hall with an old European building style, Single-storey, mason, colonnade, awning, wooden duct decorated with a beautiful flower.This architecture is a seamlessly combination of eastern and Western style.
Actually Chanthaburi town has many attractions that I did not mention in this review. It's not quite far from Bangkok, takes around 3 hours. You guys can take your vacation on Saturday and Sunday to ease at Chanthaburi and you will know that Chanthaburi is so amazing!