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Chumporn Bay

Chumporn Paknam, a major east coast fishing port, is not a tourist destination, although some of the offshore islands offer good snorkelling and diving. There are several fishing boat repair yards where haul-outs can be arranged for a reasonable price.

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Islands of Chumporn, Gulf of Thailand
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CHUMPORN PAK NAM

79 miles from Ao Nathon, Samui

CHUMPORN PAK NAM. 10°26.207N, 99°16.096E

The best approach is from the southeast, inshore of Koh Samet. Anchor in 4-5 metres on a muddy bottom, clear of the traffic at the harbour entrance.

Unless you’re going to the yard, mooring inside this busy port is inadvisable.

The lighthouse on Koh Mattaphon has several red sectors marking the entrance, but it’s always advisable to follow a local boat in the channel in dayligsamht.

The harbour has all the amenities you’d expect of a local fishing port, but better provisioning is found at the main town, which is 20 kilometres from the harbour.

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Chumporn to the head of the Gulf

North of Chumporn there are a few small fishing ports, but there was nothing of much interest to cruising yachts until the opening of the new Racer Marina (see below).

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RACER MARINA

127 miles from Chumporn Pak Nam

12°24.467N, 99°58.721E

This recently upgraded marina, 10 miles south of Hua Hin, is in the Pran river. It’s the only such facility on the west coast of the Gulf. Nearing completion, it has berthing for 120 yachts and space for 200 yachts on the hardstand, including covered storage for smaller boats.

It has travel lifts of 25, 35 and 65 tons capacity and a slipway for up to 200 ton vessels with full service facilities.

There’s a café ashore and further outlets are planned.

Approach is via the river entering between the two training walls and navigating the river for approximately one and half miles. The marina is on the northern bank of the river.

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Racer Marina, Prachuap Kiri Kan
Racer Marina, Prachuap Kiri Kan, Gulf of Thailand | Photo by Bill O’Leary

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