Tag: Amphoe Mueang

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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Thamma Katanyu Foundation

Thamma Katanyu Foundation

PLACE: Thamma Katanyu Foundation
LOCATION: Bang Pu Mai sub-district in Amphoe Mueang district
GPS Coordinates: 13.538899, 100.627816
OPENING HOURS: Daily
ADMISSION: free

Thamma Katanyu Foundation, built in 1991, covers 26.5 rai of land close to Ancient Siam. The design of the shrine is adapted from the Chinese art style Nan Kun Sern Tai Thian Fu Foundation in Taiwan. The roof of this great shrine is decorated with auspicious animal statues according to Chinese belief and lifestyle such as swans and dragons. The roof and eaves are covered with lacquer and gold leaf. The elgant Chinese imported jade-carved wall in the shrine feature Buddhist tales. The pillars of the shrine are also exquisitely carved. In front of the sacred shrine there are five gods: Cherng Huang Ye (City Pillar), Kuan Im, Chao Phra Khan Tha Ku Marn, Chao Phra Thammaban and Fu Ter Jern Sern (Paeh Kong).

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Wat Asokaram

Wat Asokaram

PLACE: Wat Asokaram (วัดอโศการาม)
LOCATION: Taiban sub-district in Amphoe Mueang district
GPS Coordinates: 13.547697, 100.607474
OPENING HOURS: Daily
ADMISSION: free

The new temple was built by Phra Acharn Lee Thammawaro) of the Dharmayuthi sect on May 8, 1962. It is one of the important temples for practicing mediation. Worth visiting and seeing in this temple is Phra Thutangkha Chedi, a group of 13 chedi as a representative of the 13 duties of the monks on their religious trips. There is also Vihara Wisutthithamrangsi in which Acharn Lee’s remains are enshrined. If you walk down the narrow lanes past the kutis where the monks live, you will come out at the Gulf of Thailand. The monks live in a mangrove forest and you can often see mud skippers and water lizards. There is a footpath along the coastline and you can walk from here all the way to Bang Pu Seaside Resort.

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Paknam City Pillar

Paknam City Pillar

PLACE: City Pillar Shrine (ศาลเจ้าพ่อหลักเมือง)
LOCATION: Paknam sub-district in Amphoe Mueang district
GPS Coordinates: 13.594082, 100.597670
OPENING HOURS: Daily
ADMISSION: free

The city pillar in Paknam is unusual because it is a combination of a Chinese Shrine and a Thai city pillar. This is basically regarded as the foundation stone for Samut Prakan City. It was built nearly 200 years ago in 1822 A.D. King Rama II presided over the ceremony to consecrate the city pillar on the 7th day of the waxing moon on the 4th lunar month of 1822. The city at that time had many Chinese immigrant labourers. So, that is the reason that there is also an important Chinese shrine here. The Chinese God that they worship here is believed to be able to protect the city from any harm or danger.

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Thai Naval Museum

Thai Naval Museum

PLACE: Naval Museum (พิพิธภัณฑ์ทหารเรือ)
LOCATION: Just north of the City Hall on Sukhumwit Road, opposite the Naval Academy
GPS Coordinates: 13.609385, 100.595278
OPENING HOURS: Weekdays only. Closed on holidays.
ADMISSION: Free

The museum contains information about the naval history which Samut Prakan province played an important part. In the museum grounds are a seaplane, submarine, tanks and various guns. Inside there are many model ships. The highlights include H.T.M.S. Machanu, the first submarine in Thailand, and the first lighthouse in Thailand.

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