Bhumibol Bridge 1 & 2 (สะพานภูมิพล) is part of the 13 km long Industrial Ring Road connecting southern Bangkok with Samut Prakan Province. The bridge crosses the Chao Phraya River twice, with two cable-stayed spans of lengths of 702 m and 582 m supported by two diamond-shaped pylons 173 m and 164 m high. Where the two spans meet, another road rises to join them at a free-flowing interchange suspended 50 metres above the ground. The bridge first opened for traffic on 20 September 2006.
Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park and Botanical Garden is located in Bang Kachao sub-district of Samut Prakan Province. The park was established as a place for people to relax and exercise. It also acts as a way to educate people on plant species and wildlife. It is an excellent oasis for people to escape the concrete jungle of nearby Bangkok. The park is only a short hop by boat over the Chao Phraya River.
Samut Prakan means “ocean fortress” and it was built to protect the approach to Bangkok. One of the few remaining forts left is Phi Sua Samut Fort. It is situated on an island on the Chao Phraya River which is probably one of the reasons it is still in good condition. Other forts have long since been pulled down. At the Northern end of the island there is a bridge from the mainland. As well as exploring the fort, you can go along a boardwalk to visit hundreds of fruit bats in the trees.
Sakhla community is situated along the banks of Sapphasamit Canal which was the old highway between Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon. The village dates back to the early Ayutthaya Period. Most villagers are fishermen and the town is surrounded by shrimp and crab ponds. In the past these were salt farms. Until recently, there was only one road to this community, but there is now a new road and bridge over Sapphasamit Canal.
Wat Sakhla in Ban Sakhla dates back to the 1780’s during the reign of King Taksin. The landmark of this temple is the 26 meter high Leaning Stupa which was built in 1884. It is in the same style as the stupa in Wat Mahathat in Ayutthaya. These drone photos were taken during the annual worship fair during Visakha Bucha in May every year. Ban Sakhla is surrounded by fish and crab ponds and there are very few roads.
This is an aerial photo of Ban Khun Samut Chin in Phra Samut Chedi district. In these photos you can clearly see how this community has been affected by land erosion. The main road through the village used to be across the bottom of this photo. This is the local temple. Everyone else has moved inland. Some families had to move two or three times. Only the monks refused to leave. They are now surrounded by water at high tide. To reach this temple, you have to walk along an elevated concrete walkway. In the background, you can see shrimp and fish farms. These used to be mangrove forests. Cutting them down directly caused the land erosion. As you can see some from the photos, they have started to replant mangroves to help stop any further erosion. They have also planted bamboo poles to help break the waves. From experiments, they found these to be better than concrete barriers.