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Chantaburi province is located in the east of Thailand, about 300 km from Bangkok. The province is rich in natural resources, especially sapphires and rubies. There are many fruit orchards, producing plentiful supplies of tropical fruits such as rambutan, durian and longan (see the pages about the Thai fruits). The province is also rich in natural attractions, from pristine beaches to waterfalls and natural parks filled with wild plants. Chantaburi has played an important role in the history of Thailand. After the fall of Ayutthaya in 1767, it was here that king Taksin retreated to. Having regrouped his soldiers he marched back into the central plains and reclaimed Ayutthaya. Chantaburi was later occupied by the French between 1893 and 1904, before an agreement was made, in which Thailand conceded land that now lie in Cambodian territory.