Chonburi is a city on the eastern side of the gulf in Thailand about an hour south of Bangkok. It’s a very popular spot for local Thai people to get away, but you will find all fo the foreign tourists an hour south in Pattaya. Chonburi has lots of cool coffee shops, beaches, and is known for its Grand Canyon right outside the city. Snow Mountain, a rock quarry, is also located adjacent to the Grand Canyon.
To get to both of these spots, you will have to take some small back roads off the major motorway. You can search the Grand Canyon on Google maps, and it will come up. But since it is on a small piece of private property, it can still be hard to find. The Grand Canyon & Snow mountain are located near Khiri Junction in Chonburi, a 1.5-hour drive from Bangkok. Note: The mountain is located on private property. This is a fun thing to do in the Pattaya area and an easy day trip from Bangkok.
How to get to the Chonburi Grand Canyon from Bangkok
Only about 1.5 hours from Bangkok, Chonburi is a totally doable day trip. This beautiful coastline city is about an hour north of Pattaya. It is best to either rent a car, or hire a driver for the day. If you are in the area already, you could just rent a motorbike. This spot is hard to get to and off the beaten path from public transportation hidden, so you will need your own set of wheels or a driver to get you there.
Chonburi Grand Canyon Cost:
There are two parking lots. When you turn left off the main road, just past the train tracks, you will come to two dirt roads, which both claim to lead to the vista. If you take the road on the right, you will come to a large lot, which we think is free. We wouldn’t know because we picked the road on the left. This road leads you up to a small lot run by the locals. They have a shop, a restaurant, and a bathroom. At this lot, there is a 20 baht parking fee. From here, there is no clear signage. Just get out of your car, walk through their shop to the left of the first view of the canyon, and you will find the path around to the best viewing locations.
When to visit Chonburi Grand Canyon & Snow Mountain
Chonburi weather is very moderate. Temperatures feel hot all year because of the humidity with a chance of precipitation about half of the year. If you want to visit in the hottest time, the hottest months are April, May, and then June. The hottest time of year is usually mid April where highs are regularly around 96.6°F (35.9°C). The most dry times to avoid raise are December, January and February.
Snow Mountain (rocks)
This is the rock quarry hill that can be found behind the bushes if you walk all the way around the ridge path. Snow Mountain is a grey rocky hill formation with very unique terrain that you can climb. The rock hill gives a fun outcrop in the landscape and a nice viewpoint of the Grand Canyon. The rocks are very hot and there is no shade. Bring lots of water and try to go earlier in the morning. Before social media, this was just a rock mine and then a local teen took pictures and posted them in October. Now, it has become a hot new tourist location for locals who don’t want to pay for a real snow trip to Japan.