PLACE: BAN SAKHLA (สาขลา)
LOCATION: Na Kluea sub-district in Phra Samut Chedi District
GPS Coordinates: 13.544917, 100.501789
OPENING HOURS: Daily
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.
Sakhla wooden houses were built in the Thai traditional architectural style. They rise above the water, their eaves beautifully decorated with perforated design painted in beige or indigo. It is amazing to see how all the houses can fit together in such a small space. Each house is connected to one another by small cement bridges across the narrow canals.
Due to its proximity to the sea, Sakhla is abundant in seafood including various types of crabs, shells and fishes, especially “Kung Yiat” or stretched shrimps. It is stated that there is always Kung Yiat as one of the ingredients in Sakhla meals. Kung Yiat’s body stretches straight and tastes salty and sweet at the same time. The people here eat it either with plain rice or boiled rice as it tastes great on its own.
Sakhla is full of interesting places, for instance, Wat Sakhla which is the community center. The monastery is prominent for its leaning pagoda and sermon hall built with the traditional materials and style, decorated with perforated framework depicting the ancient legend of lunar eclipse. This temple was established in 1940. There is also a small pavilion near the sermon hall, embellished with garuda and dragon design. One f the buildings contain old artifacts used by local people in the past.
Map for Ban Sakhla:
GETTING THERE: The community is literally in the middle of nowhere. There is only one road which is served by a large blue songtaew. This comes from the pier at Phra Samut Chedi. There are other blue songtaews going elsewhere, so make sure you tell them you want to go to “Sakhla”. This same songtaew is also for the pier to go to Ban Khun Samut Chin. The journey time is about 30 minutes. I have seen some meter taxis coming and going. But, you may need to negotiate a fare. The route from Phra Samut Chedi is popular with weekend cyclists. To get to the Phra Samut Chedi pier, take a cross-river boat from Paknam Market. This is only a ten minute walk from BTS Paknam.
Other attractions in this area:
Phra Samut Chedi District:
Na Kluea sub-district:
Samut Prakan is divided into six districts: Amphoe Mueang, Amphoe Bang Bo, Amphoe Bang Phli, Amphoe Phra Pradaeng, Amphoe Phra Samut Chedi and Amphoe Bang Sao Thong. Click on the links to see tourist attractions from each of those districts. Or click here to see a Map of Tourist Attractions in Samut Prakan Province.