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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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.more
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,...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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,...more
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...more
One of the easy way to eat in Samut Song Khram is just sitting near the river of canal and waiting for the floating restaurant. There are so many kinds of food offered such as noodle, old style coffee, desserts and fruits. It 's the way of local life which continues from the past.
In the area of Ampawa market, there are some Thai dessert shops. Alomost dessert made from local ingredients and tasty.
2005 was the fourth running of this Marathon which is now sponsored but ING. What makes it different is that it starts from a Buddist temple (Wat) and passes many more through the countryside about an hour south of BangKok. What makes it really different is the heat and humidity.
Equipment: If you want a chance of running less than an hour more than your marathon time get there many weeks earlier so that you can get used to the heat and humidity.