Most guesthouses and tourist offices can arrange rafting trips and tours to local waterfalls in the nearby rainforest. The best beaches are Sairi Beach, for island excursions, and Thung Wua Laen beach, to the northeast of town, where kiteboarding is proving popular. Diving over Chumphon's offshore pinnacles reveals pristine reefs and abundant marine life -- including whale sharks (in season), turtles, and a range of tropical fish.

The town of Ranong straddles the Myanmar/Thai border west of Chumphon and is a popular day trip because of its hot springs.

The Chumphon National Museum (Office of Archeology, Sam Kaew Hill, Na Cha Ang subdistrict; tel. 07750-4105; admission 100B) is open 9am to 4pm from Wednesday to Sunday and covers historic events such as the Japanese invasion in 1941 and the devastation caused by Typhoon Gay in 1989.

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