The province is called Chumphon and the provincial capital has the same name and Pak Nam (literally "mouth of the water"), a district of Chumphon city, is some 13 km from the centre. We are about 500 km south of Bangkok.

Chumphon city has a population of about 50,000 and some 15,000 Burmese are presently working in the various fish factories. Myanmar, formerly Burma, is only about 40 km away.

Chumphon and especially Pak Nam are characterized by the lack of tourists. Unlike famous tourist hubs in Thailand, like Hua Hin, Phuket, Koh Samui and Patthaya there are very few tourists here. Most are just passing through Pak Nam, coming from the train station or airport to take a trip at one of the 3 ferry companies to Koh Tao (the diving island), Koh Phangan (the full moon party island) or Koh Samui (Thailand's 3rd largest island).  The word „Koh“ means island in Thai. There are only a few exceptions without the „Koh“, most famous is Phuket, the largest island in Thailand and Pak Nam, which technically is an island, as we are separated from the mainland by a natural/artificial sea water canal. However, this canal is at some points only a few meters wide and at low tide one can just avoid not to be grounded when using a kayak. It takes about 3 hours with a kayak and is actually big fun and adventurous; you will also get a wonderful view of the national park.

Pak Nam has a circumference of about 30 km. Good quality but little-used roads often following the sea shore, which is ideal for fantastic bicycle tours. At times when there is no sea view then you experience wonderful palm, coconut and rubber plantations, as well as interesting jungle areas and natural hills. The absolute highlight of Pak Nam is the national park. This includes many uninhabited islands and a large mangrove forest, which can be explored exclusively by boat or partly experienced at the national park centre. In Pak Nam there are 5 beautiful sandy beaches.

Life in Chumphon is original and relaxed; the location is characterized by its nature, the silence and the absence of tourists. It is the real Thailand here, shaped by the sea, fishing, and coconut-, rubber and palm plantations; there is neither traffic jam nor rush; locals treat each other with respect and friendliness. Nevertheless, the infrastructure is excellent. A 4 to 6 lane highway leads from Bangkok via 500 km quite interesting and diverse landscape to Chumphon. If you were to travel on this highway a further 1.500 km south, you would arrive in Singapore. Chumphon has its tiny little airport (although there are plans to expand it to a regional international hub) which offers twice daily one hour flights to Bangkok and back. Depending when you book , prices range from about 1,000 to 1,600 Baht (about € 25 - 40) one way. Furthermore several night sleeper trains depart daily towards Bangkok; 1st class sleeper (about € 30) and 2nd class sleeper (about € 15). A further airport with several domestic and international connections is only 180 km south, in the province of Surathani. Chumphon is about 4 driving ours north of Krabi and about 5 hours northeast of Phuket; a 3 hours drive south of Hua Hin. As per end early 2017 one litre of E20 fuel costs about 25 Baht, about € 0,70.

Close to the property there is a typical Thai rural bus service without fixed stations and departure times towards the city of Chumphon and also to the most famous beach of Pak Nam, Hat Sairee; there are motorbike taxis or local taxis (an adventure in itself).

There are 5 hospitals in Chumphon, the next one is just about 1 km away from the property and various MD's and dentists. There are 3 large supermarkets about 15 to 20 km away, plenty of small shops and more than 15 7/11 (3 of them in Pak Nam). Various night markets with astonishing good food, often for less than 40 Baht (about € 1), fish-, fruit- and green markets (typically market prices are cheaper than in a supermarket and also fresher but there are no air conditioner and no ready cut and packed goods).

You will find several large and mid sized DIY shops, plenty of banks, atm's, hairdresser, barbers, massage, cosmetic studios, cosmetic surgery clinics, many local hotels, some of them quite tasteful and new, a Novotel with a golf course is just 2 km from the property. There are plenty, almost too many, Cafe´s from easy till quite fancy. Hundreds of restaurants (Thais eat out almost daily) starting with very good and fresh street food (a bit over 1 Euro and you are full) and plenty of quite good Thai restaurants (with a budget of € 3 to 5 you will be full). There are 3 KFC's in Chumphon, however more and more local restaurant do offer, from the Thai's perspective, "exotic" western food, which is a bit more pricier but still mostly cheaper than in Europe.

The province of Chumphon has over 200 km coastline with plenty of beautiful, often quite deserted beaches. The most famous and absolutely stunning beach, Haad Tung Wua Laen - or Cabana Beach, is just about 25 km away from us. A quiet, coastal road to Cabana Beach is one of the most beautiful cycle or motorbike tour the province has to offer. Equally stunning beaches you will only find at the other side of Thailand, the Andaman Sea. Most famous are Krabi and Phuket but also mostly crowded and expensive.

Those looking for lots of nightlife, international shopping fun and bustle, might want to rethink their holiday plans for Chumphon and opt for Hua Hin, Patthaya, Koh Samui or Phuket instead. Nature-loving locals and foreigners who appreciate the peace and serenity are regular visitors to Chumphon. However, we do have buzzing fresh food markets and the fishery harbour is quite quirky and original; an attraction by itself. 

The lack of internationality and fame of Chumphon is last but not least well compensated for its quite attractive cost base. To the contrary, being free of traffic jams, stress and hectic as well as the high quality of life make life here close to paradise.