General Information

Society

Education

There are three higher educational institutions in Chumphon, which are King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang (Chumphon campus), Maejo University at Chumphon, and the Institute of Physical Education Chumphon. There are 6 institutes of vocational education, and 311 schools. The administration of educational institutes is divided into 2 areas, which are:

  • Chumphon Primary Educational Service Area Office 1 covers 3 districts, which are, Mueang Chumphon, Pathio, and Tha Sae Districts.
  • Chumphon Primary Educational Service Area Office 2 covers 5 districts, which are Phato, Lang Suan, Lamae, Sawi, and Thung Tako Districts.

Religion

96.54% of the population in Chumphon follows Buddhist practices. 2.02% of population is Muslims, and 1.44% is Christians. There are 245 temples, 6 mosques, and 12 churches in the province.

Public health

In the year 2011, there were 12 general hospitals in Chumphon, providing 1,149 hospital beds and 110 physicians and 829 nurses for service.

Labor

According to the survey of Chumphon Statistical Office in the first quarter of the year 2010, the total population was 501,185. And 393,275 of them are above 15 years old. And 304,214 people are in the workforce. 301,863 people are employed. 2,351 people are unemployed. 89,061 people are not in the workforce.

According to the ministerial resolution, migrant workers are allowed to temporarily work in Thailand to ease the inadequacies of labor in the province. The 21,566 migrant workers consist of 20,481 Burmese, 978 Laotians, and 107 Cambodians.

Transportations

Chumphon’s location is strategically important, as it is situated as the landbridge linking between the central and southern regions. The communication and transportation are available by land, water and air.

  • Land Transportation

    You can travel from Bangkok to Chumphon by car, using Highway no. 4 (Phetkasem). The distance is around 463 kilometers. As for the transportation between nearby provinces, the main roads in Chumphon are Highway no. 4 which passes Pathomporn junction, turning westwards heading to Ranong, Phangnga, Phuket, and Highway no. 41 which passes Chumphon, lying along the seacoast, turning eastwards to Surat Thani and other southern provinces.

    In the middle of the year 2005, there were 25 roads under the administration of the Department of Rural Roads, with the total length of 375.151 kilometers in Chumphon, linking between villages and subdistricts of different districts. Twenty of them are completely macadamized road. Two of them are partly macadamized and non-asphalt roads, i.e., at kilometer 71+100- Baan Phoon Suk, Lang Suan Subdistrict, and at kilometer 494+960- Baan Khao Tasuk, Mueang Chumphon District. All routes and roads are open in all seasons. All 127 roads, with the total length of 540.824 kilometers, in land reform areas are non-asphalt roads and located separately in different districts. The rest of the routes are under the responsibility of the local administration and the Road and Transit Division of Chumphon.

    As for the transportation by train, Chumphon railway station is 485 kilometers away from Bangkok station. Many trains arrive and depart daily from Chumphon station, for example, express, rapid, special express, ordinary trains.

  • Water transportation

    As for the water transportation in Chumphon, currently there are 8 piers for tourist boats. Some of them are the private piers with the size of 20-100 Tons-gross. Some are piers for tourist boats and for transport boats from Chumphon to Surat Thani which takes 2.5 hours to reach Koh Tao, or Koh Nang Yuan of Surat Thani Province.

  • Air transportation

    There is one commercial airport, situated in Chumkho Subdistrict, Pathio District, around 40 kilometers from Mueang Chumphon. At present, there are two airlines at service, which are Happy Air and Nok Air.