This is a google satellite image for Phra Samut Chedi district in Samut Prakan. The focus here is for Sakhla Village (บ้านสาขลา). As you can see, the majority of the Western side of the Chao Phraya River is a rural area, with many shrimp and fish farms. There are very few roads though some progress has been made on this in recent years. Sakhla now has a bridge over Sapphasamit Canal (4) which means you can now access from two different directions. Also marked are Ban Khun Samut Chin (2), Phra Chulachomklao Fort (3) and Paknam Market (5). You can actually take a boat from Paknam to Sakhla (see my blog here), but it doesn’t go often. Also visit Thailand Photo Map for a day trip that I did with some friends.
This is a closer image of Ban Sakhla. I have marked Wat Sakhla (1) which is the main attraction in this fishing village. In the southeast corner of the temple complex, there is a small bridge (2) that leads to the riverside market. There is a pier near the temple (3) where you can rent boats to explore the area. They also have a daily boat service to Paknam from here. The songtaew buses to and from Phra Samut Chedi leave from near the 7-Eleven (4). It’s worth exploring this village though you will probably be the only foreigners there.
Here is a direct link to Ban Sakhla on Google Maps if you want to explore this area yourself.
Maps of forts in Samut Prakan. There is only evidence left of six of these. I’ve also mapped places where you can see old canons.
This is a map of all of the tourist attractions that can be found in Samut Prakan province. Click on the links on the map to see more information.
One of the main tourist attractions in Samut Prakan is Muang Boran. This is a historical park covering 200 acres and contains replicas of historically important structures in Thailand.
Ban Sakhla is an isolated community surrounded by shrimp and crab farms. There is an interesting temple and a canal side market.
Bang Nampheung Floating Market
A good place to relax at the weekend is the floating market in the place called the “lungs of Bangkok”. Come here to have a brunch and buy handicrafts.
Bang Pu Seaside Resort
Located along the coast is the popular pier where you can eat your evening meal in comfort. From October to March large flocks of seagulls pass through.
City Pillar Shrine
The city pillar in Paknam is unusual because it is a combination of a Chinese Shrine and a Thai city pillar. It was built in 1822 by the command of King Rama II.
Crocodile Farm & Zoo
The large Crocodile Farm is our most famous and popular tourist attraction. They have over 40,000 crocodiles on show including the largest captive crocodile.
The biggest landmark in Samut Prakan is the giant three-headed elephant which is believed to be the largest elephant in the world.
Khun Samut Chin
People in the Khun Samut Chin community have moved their houses inland numerous times due to land erosion. Only the monks refused to move.
Klong Suan 100 Year Old Market
This old market a has recently been rediscovered by local tourists. A great place to relax and eat with you family or to take pictures of an authentic slice of old Thailand.
The museum exhibits historical information on the Royal Thai Navy and major naval battles.
Phi Sua Samut Fort
This fortress is on an island in the Chao Phraya River opposite the city hall. There are three surviving Armstrong guns here on display.
Phlaeng Faifa Fort
There used to be many forts protecting the approach to Bangkok. This one in Phra Pradaeng is one of the few that remains in relatively good condition.
Phra Chulachomklao Fort
Guarding the estuary and approach to Bangkok is this still working fort that is over 100 years old. There is also a navy training ship which you can board and explore.
Phra Samut Chedi
The popular name for this pagoda is ‘Phra Chedi Klang Nam’ and it is the symbol of the province. There is an annual temple fair here for nine days and nine nights during October.
Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park
Sri Nakhon Khuean Khan Park and Botanical Garden is an oasis for city people wanting to experience nature, the local way of life and escaping Bangkok’s chaos.
Thamma Katanyu Foundation
Thamma Katanyu Foundation was built in 1991 and is decorated with auspicious animal statues according to Chinese belief and lifestyle. There is a popular Lantern Festival here every year.
This is a famous temple for people who want to practice mediation. There is also a mangrove boardwalk down to the Gulf of Thailand. You can see mud skippers and monitor lizards.
Wat Bang Phli Yai Klang
The largest Reclining Buddha in Thailand is at Wat Bang Phli Yai Klang. It is 53 metres long and inside you can even see a shrine for the heart.
Wat Bang Phli Yai Nai
This temple is highly revered by local people as it enshrines the Luangpho To Buddha image. During October every year there is a popular festival parade along the canal.
This map shows the land use of Samut Prakan Province. It is colour coded. For example, yellow denotes sparsely populated areas. Red is commercial business areas. Green is industrial areas. Click here for larger version.
This map marks the route of the old Paknam Railway that was first opened in 1893. I have tried to mark the stations as accurate as I can. However it wasn’t easy as there is little evidence remaining that there was ever a railway here.
Phra Samut Chedi Klang Nam means the temple in the middle of the river. Now it is on the left bank. There is an annual temple fair held on both sides of the river in October. It is believed to be one of the longest running fairs in Thailand.
(1) Phra Samut Chedi
(2) Phra Samut Chedi Pier
(3) Samut Prakan Pier
(4) Bat Island
(5) Phi Sua Samut Fort
(6) Nakarat Fort
You can reach Phra Samut Chedi from Paknam by catching a ferry from the pier (3) near Paknam Market. This costs about 2 baht depending on the time of day. There is as nice restaurant alongside the river between the pier and Phra Samut Chedi. A good place to drink a glass of beer and watch the passenger boats pass by. Below are some pictures that I took crossing the river by boat.
The biggest crocodile farm in Thailand is here in Samut Prakan Province.
(1) Entrance to Crocodile Farm
(2) Crocodile Pens and Nursery
(3) Elephant Show
(4) Boating Lake
(5) Crocodile Wrestling Show
The easiest way to visit the Crocodile Farm is by songtaew from Paknam City. Look out for the number 30 or 36 which will both go past the top of the soi (A) for the Crocodile Farm. This has a flat rate of only 8 baht per person. Coming from Paknam, it will only take about 10 minutes. Look out for the Big C hypermarket on your right. A short while later (1,000 metres) you will come to a traffic light where Bus 145 turns right to the terminal (D). From the intersection it is only a further 430 metres to where you will need to get off. It is easy to spot the entrance because there is a massive sign at the entrance to this soi with a man lying down on top of a crocodile. At the top of the soi you can catch a motorcycle taxi to the Crocodile Farm (B) for about 15 baht. The distance is about 1.2 kilometres.
More information and pictures: Samut Prakan Crocodile Farm and Zoo
This stretch of the river front covers about 700 metres. North is to the left of the picture.
(1) Fishing Jetty
(2) Night Food Market
(3) Chinese Temple
(4) Taiban Circle
(5) Paknam Canal
(6) Pika Fort