One famous temple in Bang Khonthi district is Bang Kung Temple. The feature is a chapel covered by big Pipal tree called Bot Prok Po. There’s a big Buddha image enshrined inside the chapel. The temple is in the compound of Khai Bang Kung, a famous old Naval Forces Camp in Thai history, dating back to late Ayutthaya period. The Camp was left deserted for almost 200 years and then established as a Boy Scout camp again there to honour of King Taksin and built the statue of the king to commemorate his historic deeds. Not far from the camp is riverside where you can make a boat tour.
Along the Gulf of Thailand, going west out of Bangkok in and around the province of Samut Songkhram. There was a strange landmark. Here in an area of more than 27 square kilometers of land, an industry flourishes and there are farms producing salt by using solar energy. The only other resources needed are human poere and windmills which which were used to draw in the sea water. The whole operation done manually by Thai salt farmers and the energy from the sun.
Sea water is transferred into the first set setting ponds by way of Chinese style swamp paddles driven by windmills. This water is allowed to evaporate at its own rate and the more dense solution settles to the bottom. As the more concentrated brine is directed through gravity to flow through successive channels connected to other holding ponds, there the mixtures with more evaporation attains a even higher concentration.
When traces of sodium crystals start appearing in the briny solution , this solution is then moved to the last stage - crystallization ponds. Final removal of liquid where further evaporation and the salt is ready for harvesting.
This collection of the ready to harvest salts done manually by farmers. They rake the salt into small piles, then onto a tray hung on a pole. The tray guided to a collection point and eventually carried on the shoulder to a storage and packaging area.
The whole process takes 45 days. In this area, surprisingly as much as one ton of salt can be harvested in a single day. Collectively the area could produce up to more than one million tons annually.
For several kilometers along the road, bags of sea salts are sold by the workers. The worker still in their attire had their faces are completely shielded with cloth, except for a small slit which allows their eyes to peer out to the customers
Amphawa is less touristy and more true to local life, I think. It has a more relax feel to it compared to Damnoen Saduak. The floating market is in operation from Friday to sunday late afternoon when the water level is higher. Besides the floating market, come to Amphawa and enjoy the local way of life. There are old houses and shops restored with the help of Chulalongkorn University. The locals still live here. There are also homestay available. There is boat trip to see fireflies.
Damnoen Saduak Floating Market is perhaps the most famous floating market in Thailand. Its popularity brings tourists here everyday, and therefore, it has turned out to lose its authenticity. Most of the goods sold here seem to be aiming towards foreign tourists. These are things you can see or buy in any markets in downtown Bangkok. However, it's still nice to get a boat ride and spend a couple hours here. It is like been here done that kind of Bangkok experience. One thing I enjoy the most is the food sold here. Yummy!
I took a non motor boat, cost TB300 per boat for 7 of us.
This center established by Mr. Preecha Pukkabutr who fond of Thai cat and he'd like to preserve the real Thai cat which rarely found in Thailand. He established Thai Cat Preservation Group in 2529 B.E. and now he got more than 60 cats in the center. For Thai cat history, the original Thai cat was 23 breeds but til now it remains only 4 breeds such as Vichianmas, Males,Supaluck and Konja.
Open : daily
Contact : Khun Preecha Pukkabutr
Located at the former original floating market where stopped for more 10 years. Luckily,the Municipality of Ampawa District joined with local people to revive the life of floating market back.Every Friday,Saturday and Sunday from 16.00 - 20.00,all locals sails small boats to sell food and products which made from local stuffs. Not just the feeling of local market ,the shophouses along the bank of canal are original and made me back to the old time.
The Minicipality also offer a boat trip to see fireflies.The trip begin at the market. For more information,you can call the Ampawa Travel Information Centre at 034725576,034751141
As so many canals and the major river Mae Klong in Samut Songkram so the good way to enjoy the area is traveling by boat, in day time you can see scenic views of canals and the Mae Klong riverside. There’s boat trip available in any attraction areas, and also popular at night, some I can think about right now is boat tour at Amphawa floating market, in the evening they take visitors enjoy a night along the canal and the main activity is to see firefly, there’s a lot in the area. Another one at Bang Kung….
This temple has various outstanding attractions. One the most catch my interest is the house where Luang Pho Baan Laem image, the famous monk, enshrined inside. The interior decoration is in gold color, real old Thai style, most were made of hard wood teak,..everyone feel like in the golden house. Back of the temple offers a good view of the canal.
There are many temples in Samut Songkram and one the most famous is Wat Ban Laem or official name as Wat Phet Samut Worawihan. It is the temple in town where crowded with visitors while I was visiting there due to the worship in Luang Pho Ban Laem, the Buddha image, enshrined at the temple. There are also a monk museum, exhibiting Buddha images, amulets from various periods, artifacts, antiques in the compound and front of the temple, you can make a boat trip along the Mae Klong River to King Rama II Memorial Park and Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
The market operates on every Fri-Sunday from midday till the evening. I wandered around, enjoyed the local food, many Thai sweet dessert. There’s some nice small places, coffee shop where many visitor sit and enjoy the lively view beside the canal. I spent a couple of hours there and saw its so lively in the late afternoon. Many boats carry local food, vegetable, and fruit for selling.
Please dont go there if you love cats.
I visited it 2 days ago and still cant forget this awful experience.
Cats are in quite small and very dirty cages. Most of cages have lots of poo inside and I can approximate that cages had not been cleaned at lest 3+ days. Lots of insects as well.
Smell is unbearable.
I have some experience with cats and know that those cats are not well.
I 've a big experience on a cruise along the canal and river of Samut songkhram both day time and night time. At day time, we 've visited so many places along the canal such as coconut sugar manufacture place and local garden.I 've seen so many Thai Traditional houses where still use as local house. At Night, I 've a cruise for fireflies watching,though a big rain falled but i 've seen the night life of local people. Don't miss it.
This temple was built in 2431 B.E. in King Ram V 's reign.For now ,the temple 's famous as the location of the Kudithong or golden monk residence. Actually this building located in Bang Li temple. It was dedicated by the parent of Queen Amarin Tramart who was the Queen of King Rama I.They built this building as the dedication for the abbot of Wat Bang Li which he predicted that their daughter 'll become the Queen.
The Kudi Thong, originally built in a group of Thai traditional house connected with a big terrace. Unluckily, for now , it just remains one house which full decorated on the roof and painted with gold and lacquare on the walls though it was destroyed by nature nowaday.
Another interesting thing is the temple museum where represented so many stuffs from that area.
Built in the old settlement of Queen Amarintramart,the Queen of King Rama I who is the mother of King Rama II. The first King dedicated this area for temple and gave the name Wat Ampawa. Inside the Ubosot have mural painting which just painted in this period. The picture depicted about story and activities of King Rama II who was born in this area, the lifestyle of local people in the past and the stories of Sang Thong,Kri Thong, I -Nao and Kawi -the literatures which wrote by King Rama II.
Established by Mr. Wirat Pinsuwan who is the owner of Pinsuwan Benjarong,the biggest Benjarong manufacturer in Samut Songkhram. Benjarong is the Thai ceramic style which painted in main 5 colours. This ceramic style have a long history since Ayudhaya period. Nowaday, Benjarong 's still made but in modern style. The museum represented some Benjarong ceramic from the past to present and the owner is delightful to show how ceramic goes.Also we can see the manufacturing process inside his factory.
Admission fee: free of charge