Here we are in the city of Chumphon, one of the Southern Thailand provinces, bordering Prachaup Khiri Khan (North), Surat Thani (South), Ranong (South-West) and the province of Tanintharyi, Myanmar (North-West). The Chumphon province is located on the Isthmus of Kra, strip of land characterized by the Tenasserim mountain reliefs, which connect the Malay Peninsula with mainland Asia and separates the Gulf of Thailand from the Indian Ocean (Andaman Sea). Historical documents state that Chumphon has been continuously inhabited by different communities from prehistoric times, especially in the area along the banks of the Tha Taphao River. Chumphon was also one of the major trading centers of Siam. Frontier town, it is believed that its name, Chumphon, is derived from Chumnumphon, meaning “accumulation of forces”, this for the fact that whenever there were movements of soldiers at the borders, the Thai soldiers gathered their forces in that province. Other sources claim that the name is derived from a local plant named Maduea Chumphon, which is abundant in this area, becoming, then, a symbol of Chumphon province. We stop to visit the harbour in particular. You have to know that up to a year ago, in Thailand, fishing was more free activity, while now there are specific rules that govern it, and everything has to be in accordance. As we move towards the fishing harbour near Ranong, Filippo, thanks to the use of #visirun tablet, makes Stak notice that he’s exceeding the speed limits, so thanks to this they can monitor the progress and make it constant.
Reached the harbour, we see that there are many ships standing because of controls against those who practice trawling and illegal work on boats. They are really strict!
Finally we arrived in Ranong, famous thermal spa for its natural hot waters, but above all for being on the border, almost imperceptible, with Myanmar, creating a big melting pot of cultures (Thai, Burmese, Muslim, Chinese).