Chanthaburi is known as a province of precious gems trade. Although the mountains around Chanthaburi were once filled with precious stones, most of the gems trading in the gems market here today are imported from other parts of Asia and the world.
The last remaining mine in the area is Khao Phloi Waen, 6km from Chanthaburi city center. Center for Graduate and Resources of Gemstone Jewelry Rings, by Mr. Samran Raktantikiad, is a place where you can learn gemstone mining the local way. Mr. Samran will also teach basic method of classifying gemstones. As tourists can take part in each process of gemstone mining, so please be prepare to get dirty.
The best period to come to the mine is from November to January.
Contact Mr. Samran to make an appointment in advance at 084-944-4097.
Address: 20/4 M.4 Tambol Phloiwaen, Amphoe Tha Mai, Chanthaburi
Entrance Fee: 100 baht/ person
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