Aside from increasing Thailand's sources of income, the tourism industry also increases opportunities for other industries, which leads to increasing employment and better income distribution through emphasizing on the importance of tourism with the goal of distributing income towards locals in their areas by promoting more travel secondary city tourism.
Thailand has always been a tourist attraction and an important destination in the ASEAN region. Tourists are immensely attracted to visit Thailand due to the variety of destinations, which are available for people of every gender and age, with a reasonable price per person, contributing to job creation and create long term economic growth.
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) sees the importance of tourism and encourages the promotion of story-driven tourism, creating new tourism products for foreign visitors by focusing on each region's values, providing a unique eye-opening experience and inspires foreign tourist market to encounter Thai local way of life. Visitors are able to choose and design their own happiness from traveling around Thailand in order to deeply experience Thai local values, increasing the value of Thai ways of living, allowing people to know Thailand as they have never known before.
8 Must-Visit Attractions in “The Legend of Eastern Gems” Route
The construction of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Chanthaburi took over 300 years to complete. Formerly built on the west bank of the Chanthaburi River in 1711 by Father Heutte Tolentino and Christian Vietnamese immigrants, the church was later relocated to the east side of the river, its current location, in 1834. Subsequently in 1903, the old church was replaced by the present bigger Gothic style building because of the growing Christian community in the area. It is one of the biggest Catholic churches in Thailand and represents the Roman Catholic Diocese of Chanthaburi. During World War II in 1940, the two spires of the chapel were taken down to make it less obvious to the allied bombers. Apart from its long history, this classic church also holds significance in terms of art. All of the chapel’s windows were elaborately decorated by colorful stained glasses, which have exhibited its priceless elegance for over a hundred years. Situated inside the chapel is a statue of the Virgin Mary, the center piece of the church, together with statues of Saints Anne and Joachim, the parents of the Virgin Mary.
You can visit the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception of Chanthaburi during the Missa ceremony two times a day from Monday to Saturday (6.00 - 7.00 am and 6.00 – 7.45 pm) and three times a day on Sunday (6.15 am, 8.30 am, and 7.00 pm). Please dress properly. There are also light decorations at night on important days of the year.
Chantabun Waterfront Community was founded in the reign of King Narai the Great. During his reign, the area was a center of trade as it has a beach along the side of Chantabun River, suitable for commodity transportation. Today old buildings along the Chantabun River are carefully preserved, including Baan LuangPrakobNitisarn, Baan LuangRajamitri, Shino-Portuguese buildings, the Cathedral of Immaculate Conception and different shrines. Some of the houses have turned into gift shops, restaurants, riverside coffee shops or even boutique hotels and hostels.
CHANTHABURI GEM AND JEWELRY MANUFACTURERS ASSOCIATION (GEM & JEWELRY CENTER)
Chanthaburi Gem and Jewelry Manufacturers Association (Gem & Jewelry Center) was established in 2003 as trade and information center of Thai gemstones and jewelry. From the origin of gemstones to jewel production process such as heat treatment, polishing, jewel processing and jewelry design. With constant quality development to match international standards and dedication, this gem and jewelry center became Thailand’s center of gem and jewelry trade.
The Gem & Jewelry center area consists beautiful landscape, filled with different types of flowers and sculptures, waiting to greet visiting tourists and provide a leisure area for visitors.The museum has a Live Museum exhibition showing exciting gemstone manufacture and polishing processes. 3D video presentation tells a story of gemstone mining, from digging, heat treatment and polishing. There are also a Gem Bank, a quality control center and other interesting exhibitions.