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Charming Chumphon

Well off the typical tourist radar, the still-neglected province's beaches are gloriously serene

Peerawat Jariyasombat

When thinking about beaches in Thailand, Pattaya and Hua Hin are two big names popping up first in the heads of holidaymakers, for sure. Those with more of a budget and a longer holiday may dream of Surat Thani, Phuket or beyond.

Chumphon is among the very last names you may think of. That is a reason why Chumphon's beaches are rather peaceful. And I really love them this way.

After a five-hour drive directly from Bangkok, I take a pit stop at the empty beach of Bang Boed situated on the northern most tip of the province. It is a beach stretching kilometres between two headlands. Though during a fine bank holiday evening, there are only a handful of tourists scattered on the vast shoreline with the backdrop of towering mountains.

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