If anywhere in Thailand deserves to be called a ‘hidden gem', it has to be Chanthaburi Province. This remote area on the border with Cambodia is famed for its precious stones. And this full day excursion takes you to visit sapphire mines as well as a fishing village and a tropical fruit plantation.
Your first stop is a sapphire mines complex in the heart of Chanthaburi Province. Here, you'll see how these precious stones are refined in a process dating back centuries. As we then drive through this picturesque region you'll spot endless tropical fruit trees, something the area is famed for.
Next, we'll visit a tapioca and pineapple plantation. Here, you'll learn a bit more how Chanthaburi Province is one of Thailand's major sources of tropical fruit. And we'll also stop at a rubber plantation for an insight into local Thai culture as well as a lunch at a typical restaurant.