Category: Tourist Attractions

Ban Sakhla

Ban Sakhla

PLACE: Ban Sakhla (สาขลา)
LOCATION: Na Kluea sub-district in Phra Samut Chedi District
GPS Coordinates: 13.544917, 100.501789
OPENING HOURS: Daily
ADMISSION: Free

Along the shores of Sapphasamit Canal lays the large community of Sakhla whose origin can be dated back to the Sukhothai or early Ayutthaya Period. They had joined the Siamese troops in driving out the Burmese armies and their legendary victory gave rise to the name “Ban Sao Kla” (the brave ladies land) which later became “Sakhla”. Cork trees, mangroves, banyans, and other local trees make the scenery vibrant with their vivid colors. The town is surrounded by shrimp and crab ponds.

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Phra Samut Chedi

Phra Samut Chedi (พระสมุทรเจดีย์)

PLACE: Phra Samut Chedi (พระสมุทรเจดีย์)
LOCATION: Pak Khlong Bang Pla Kot sub-district in Phra Samut Chedi District
GPS Coordinates: 13.600380, 100.586837
OPENING HOURS: Daily
ADMISSION: Free

One of the first sights that greeted foreigners arriving in Thailand 150 years ago was a brilliant white pagoda on an island in the middle of the river. The locals called it ‘Phra Chedi Klang Nam’, or Pagoda in the river. The island was partly natural caused by the accumulation of sand brought down by the flood waters. Over the years the river has silted up even more causing the island to become part of the west bank. Now the temple is more known by its official name of Phra Samut Chedi.

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The Erawan Museum

The Erawan Museum

PLACE: The Erawan Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์ช้างเอราวัณ)
LOCATION: Samrong Nua sub-district in Amphoe Mueang district
GPS Coordinates: 13.629111, 100.589228
OPENING HOURS: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
ADMISSION: 300 baht for adults. Thai price is 150 Baht.

As you drive into Samut Prakan Province from Bangkok, you can’t help but notice the giant three-headed elephant alongside Sukhumvit Road. This is the Erawan Museum contained within the world’s largest elephant. The height is about 50 metres or 15 storeys high. The five storey museum inside the elephant contains antiquities. The Erawan Museum is owned by the same company as Ancient Siam. You can join tours that go every half an hour. This starts in the base of the pedestal which is a kind of museum of antiquities. Then you go up inside right up to the belly of the elephant. Make sure that you check out the small window that gives you fine views of the surrounding area.

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Bang Pu Seaside Resort

Bang Pu Seaside Resort

PLACE: Bang Pu Seaside Resort
LOCATION: Bang Pu Mai sub-district in Amphoe Mueang district
GPS Coordinates: 13.517343, 100.654966
OPENING HOURS: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
ADMISSION: Free

Just beyond the 37 k.m. marker on Sukhumwit Road is the entrance way to Bang Poo Seaside Resort. It is the army’s rehabilitation and relaxation center but members of the public can also enter and enjoy its beautiful scenery. On the site are some gardens, a restaurant and a pier. Between the end of the year and April, large numbers of seagulls flock to the area and the pier is a popular place to watch and feed them. There is also a nature walk which you can go on. Early evening is the best time to visit when it is cooler and you also get a beautiful sunset as you look out across the Gulf of Thailand.

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Ancient Siam

Ancient Siam

PLACE: Ancient Siam (เมืองโบราณ)
LOCATION: Bang Pu Mai sub-district in Amphoe Mueang district
GPS Coordinates: 13.539286, 100.622883
OPENING HOURS: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
ADMISSION: 700 baht for adults and 250 baht for children. There is a two price system and Thai people only pay 350 Baht/175 Baht. You can get this price if you have a work permit. After 4 p.m. the price for foreigners is 350B/175B and for Thais it is 175B/80B.

The Ancient Siam, or Muang Boran in Thai, is like an open book of history and an open door to the real Thailand. Here you will find numerous reproductions of palace halls, temples, stupas, stone sanctuaries and traditional houses. You can also visit several reconstructed historical buildings, authenticated communities with their inhabitants doing their daily chores and sample villages from all regions of the country.

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Crocodile Farm and Zoo

Crocodile Farm and Zoo

PLACE: Crocodile Farm and Zoo (ฟาร์มจระเข้และสวนสัตว์)
LOCATION: Taiban sub-district in Amphoe Mueang district
GPS Coordinates: 13.571924, 100.597496
TELEPHONE: tel. 02 703 4891-5, 02 703 5144-8.
OPENING HOURS: Open daily 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
ADMISSION: There is a two price system. 80 baht for Thai and 300 baht for foreigners. If you can speak Thai you can usually get local price.

The Crocodile Farm was built in 1950 as Thailand’s first crocodile farm. It is now the world’s largest crocodile farm. It is situated at Tambon Tai Ban, 3 kilometres from Samut Prakan town. The farm has over 60,000 crocodiles of different kinds in various pits. Daily shows feature catching crocodiles bare-handed. Shows take place every hour from 09.00-17.00., except at noon; additional shows at 12.00 and 17.00 on holidays. Feeding time is between 16.30 – 17.30. Another star attraction for visitors is the elephant show of which performances are held daily every hour from 09.30 -16.30. Furthermore, you can see tigers, chimpanzees, and other animals such as gibbons, turtles, boa constrictors, pythons, birds, camels, hippopotamuses, and of various species of fishes. There is even a Dinosaur Museum which has on display life-size models and skeletons of more than 13 kinds of dinosaurs and also features a multi-vision slide presentation on man and prehistoric animals.

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Bang Nampheung Floating Market

Bang Nampheung Floating Market

PLACE: Bang Nampheung Floating Market (ตลาดน้ำบางน้ำผึ้ง)
LOCATION: Bang Nampheung sub-district in Phra Pradaeng district
GPS Coordinates: 13.680852, 100.574814
OPENING HOURS: Weekends, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Also open public holidays if on a Monday or Friday
ADMISSION: Free

A new floating market near Bangkok located at Tambon Bang Nampheung, Phra Pradaeng District. It originated under the cooperation between the Bang Nampheung Subdistrict Administration Organization and local community in an attempt to release their superabundant crops and, as a consequence, create employment and income to the community. The charm of this floating market is the canalside lifestyle of the community whose members are mostly Thai – Mon.

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Phra Chulachomklao Fort

Phra Chulachomklao Fort

PLACE: Phra Chulachomklao Fort ป้อมพระจุลจอมเกล้า
LOCATION: Laem Fapha sub-district in Phra Samut Chedi district
GPS Coordinates: 13.538183, 100.583383
OPENING HOURS: Open daily 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
ADMISSION: Free

The Naval History Park at Chulachomklao Fortress is situated at the mouth of Chao Phraya River, Tambon Laem Fa Pha. The fortress’ compound houses a magnificent standing monument of King Rama V, which is located in the front of the fortress. Chulachomklao Fortress is a modern fort and has played an important role in protecting the sovereignty of Thailand during 1893 against unfriendly forces. During King Rama Vs reign, there was a period during which England and France were hunting for colonies. All neighbouring countries around Thailand were colonised by England and France. The king commanded that the fortresses at the rivers mouth be renovated and re-equipped, and also hired a foreigner who was a naval specialist as a consultant for planning the development of the Thai navy.

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Klong Suan 100 Years Market

 Klong Suan 100 Years Market

PLACE: Klong Suan 100 Year Old Market (ตลาดคลองสวน 100 ปี)
LOCATION: Khlong Suan sub-district in Bang Bo district
GPS Coordinates: 13.662428, 100.953862
OPENING HOURS: Daily (weekends have more shops open)
ADMISSION: free

Klong Suan 100 Year Market dates back to the reign of King Rama V. The market contains many different shops, which are getting rare these days, since they are increasingly being replaced by modern convenience stores and shopping malls. More than 100 years old, it still retains the quaint charm of the old days. Visitors will be pleased with the traditional market atmosphere while enjoying a great variety of tasty food. In the past, the market was most conveniently accessible by boat. There was only one passenger boat service from Chachoengsao to Bangkok, serviced by Nai Loet (Mr. Loet). The boat picked up passengers at Chachoengsao, ran past Khlong Suan Market, and eventually arrived at Pratu Nam (Water Gate) in Bangkok.

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Khun Samut Chin

PLACE: Khun Samut Chin
LOCATION: Phra Samut Chedi district
GPS Coordinates: 13.507098, 100.531188
OPENING HOURS: Daily
ADMISSION: free

Wat Khun Samut Trawat in Ban Khun Samut Chin, Samut Prakan Province in Thailand, is a Thai temple that has now become surrounded by the sea due to land erosion.Many of the families in Ban Khun Samut have moved their houses inland four or five times during the last two generations. In total, over one kilometre of land has been lost and a further four kilometres has been affected.The temple is the only building that hasn’t been moved yet in this community.  Most of the temple buildings have been raised on stilts, including the kutis where the monks sleep. However, the only thing that they could do with the chapel is to raise the floor.

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