Samut Prakan is so close to Bangkok that it is often overlooked by tourists. However, there are quite a few places of interest.
The following is our Top 10 of Tourist Attractions in Samut Prakan:
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.
The biggest landmark in Samut Prakan is the giant three-headed elephant which is believed to be the largest elephant in the world.
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.
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.
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.
This is an old market near Wat Bang Phli Yai that dates back to the reign of King Rama IV. The original shopkeepers were Chinese immigrants. During that time, Samrong Canal was an important waterway.
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.
This area in Phra Pradaeng is often called the “Lungs of Bangkok” due to its greenery and lack of any high raised buildings. This is mainly due to a shortcut canal that created an artificial island in a loop on the Chao Phraya River. Popular with cyclists and nature lovers.
This is one of the isolated villages in Phra Samut Chedi district. Due to land erosion, villagers had to move their houses inland several times. However, the monks refused to leave and now they are surrounded by water.
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.
More attractions and places of interest:
Reclining Buddha (พระนอนวัดบางพลีใหญ่กลาง) 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.
Phra Samut Chedi (พระสมุทรเจดีย์) 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.